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Episode 06 - I'll pay

Julia and Sammy enjoy their meal, but there's a problem. How is Sammy going to pay for it?

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I've had this situation before. I asked my friends

No I haven't, but sometimes ı haven't enough cash so that ı pay by credit card.

Whenever I notice that I don't have money with me, I pay by credit card. On other occasions, I just give up buying!

Yes, my colleague asked me to buy a bread, I went to the bakery, and then when I had to pay, I didn't had my wallet. So I asked the lady if she can gave me the bread and I'll come later to bring the money. She agread, and everything was ok.

mistake grammar:i didn't had wallet=i did'nt have....

Well this is interesting, but I want to know what says Sammy in low voice when Julia orders steak and chips hahaha that was expensive? What does mean first course? Julia said I will pay for this gift, that in my country would sound like a reproach... It is the same in this situation?

Hi Alexander

Sammy is 'mouthing' words here, which means he's not actually making any sounds but is moving his mouth. To be honest, I'm not sure what he's mouthing here, but it's probably something with three syllables, like 'Twenty pounds!' or 'Steak and chips!' or possibly even 'Oh my God!'.

In formal meals, there are usually two courses. Usually the first one is lighter (e.g. soup or salad) and the second is more substantial (e.g. steak or lasagna). I'm not sure about Colombia, but in Spain, these are called 'platos' (e.g., 'primer plato').

No, Julia's not reproaching Sammy here, though he certainly is embarrassed.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

No I didn't. When I went to a store or a restaurant I make sure I have enough of money to buy my course or meal.

Yes I had. When I was a child I would like to buy a football ball in a supermarket and I didn't have enough money, buy luckily for me, the gentleman that was in front of me in the line paid for the remnant.

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