Episode 01: Meeting friends

In this first episode, some friends meet up for tea in a café.

Instructions

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Transcript

Johnny: Hello! Hello? Excuse me! Excuse me?

Olivia: Just sit down anywhere – they don’t have waiters in here!

Johnny: Oh, ok, is it ok if I sit here?

Olivia: Sure...but you’ll need to go to the counter if you want anything...

Johnny: Actually, I’m not really here to eat, or anything. I’m supposed to be meeting someone.

Olivia: Well, wait here long enough, most of London will come in...

Johnny: Sorry?

Olivia: Just joking.

Sarah: Excuse me, is anybody sitting here?

Olivia: I can’t see anyone!

Sarah: Sorry?

Olivia: Just joking. Go ahead, sit down.

Sarah: Thanks.

Olivia: You might be waiting a while if you sit here.

Sarah: Sorry?

Olivia: There are no waiters here – people usually just go up to the counter and order whatever they want.

Sarah: Oh...well...I’m just supposed to be meeting someone here actually...

Olivia: Not him, by any chance?

Sarah: Who?

Olivia: This guy here!

Johnny: Hello!

Sarah: Oh. No...

Johnny: No...I am waiting to meet someone...but not you! Where are you from, anyway?

Sarah: Well, I live in London now, but I’m originally from Shanghai.

Johnny: Thought so! I’m from Hong Kong.

Olivia: Sorry to interrupt..but who are you both waiting for?

Johnny: I’m waiting for my friend Harry...

Sarah: ...and I’m waiting for my friend Magda...

Olivia: How interesting!

Johnny: Erm...why’s that interesting?

Olivia: Because Harry and Magda are both friends of mine as well, and right now I’m waiting for both of them too...and here they are!

All: Hello

Olivia: Let’s make this easier - I’m Olivia!

Johnny: I’m Johnny. I’m a friend of...

Harry: ...mine. He’s a friend of mine. I’m Harry.

Sarah: Ok! I’m Sarah, and I’m a friend of...

Magda: ...mine! I’m Magda. Nice to meet you!

Olivia: This is complicated, isn’t it? Shall I get some tea? I think we’ll need a big pot, this might take some time. So, how do we all know each other..?

 

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Submitted by neda1355 on Sun, 13/11/2022 - 11:06

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Hello
could you please explain difference between "I'm supposed to be meeting someone" and "I supposed to meet someone" ?

Hello neda1355,

'to be meeting' is a continuous infinitive, that is, it's an infinitive in the continuous aspect. What exactly this means depends a lot on the context or speaker's intentions, and often it adds just a little extra meaning to a sentence, not a different meaning. In this case, for example, it probably just shows the speaker expected to be already be talking with the person they expected to meet. 'to meet someone' doesn't have this immediate sense, but essentially both mean the same thing.

If you can provide a bit more context, we can probably explain it a little better for you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by arashjahanbakht on Tue, 31/05/2022 - 09:37

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Is anyone here to explain to me that what the difference is between "think" and "suppose" verbs?

Hi arashjahanbakht,

Both of these verbs have several different meanings, so I would definitely recommend checking a dictionary. But, the basic meaning of "think" is to believe something, or to have an idea or an opinion. It's quite general in meaning. The main meaning of "suppose" is similar, but in comparison to "think", it means that your belief/idea/opinion is probably true - but admits the possibility that it may not be true, or even that you do not want it to be true. For example, if someone says "I think Brazil will win the World Cup", you could agree by saying "Yes, I think so too". In contrast, if you say "I suppose so", it means you agree that Brazil could win - but that you are not very convinced about it. It might even mean that you do not want Brazil to win.

I hope that helps.

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by delgado1984 on Mon, 10/01/2022 - 21:33

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Considering the historical period we are passing through, this situation is unrealistic. Precautional behaviours and masks upon our faces make people hesitant and less sociable. I mean, it would very funny if it happened anyway.

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