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Episode 01: Meeting friends

In this first episode our friends meet up in a café.

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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..?



Language level

Intermediate: B1


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I've got a question about the following dialogue:
Sarah: Excuse me, is anybody sitting here?
Olivia: I can’t see anyone!
Sarah: Sorry?
Olivia: Just joking. Go ahead, sit down.

The answer to the question 'Is anybody sitting here?' in the dialogue is 'I can't see anyone!'. I would understand this as follows:
This seat isn't occupied (because I can't see anyone) so it's free. That would mean that I can sit there if I like. Therefore I don't understand the reaction 'Sorry?' of Sarah and what the joke of Olivia is.

Remark: When I submit my comments and see them entirely in a bigger text box then I often spot some mistakes which I didn't see in the smaller text box but then is it too late to change anything.


Hello User_User,

It's always a bad idea to explain a joke, to be honest, as they are never funny when explained. But with that warning, I'll try.

Sarah's question 'Is anybody sitting here?' is not about whether or not there is a person on the chair - Sarah can see that. It's a question about whether or not the seat is free. It could be not free because the occupier has gone to the lavatory, for example.

Olivia's answer is a deliberate misunderstanding for humorous effect. She knows what Sarah means but pretends it's a literal question about whether or not there is a person in the chair right now. Another variant of the same joke would be to answer "Well if they are sitting there then they're very small!"

Sarah didn't get the joke, which is why she was confused.



The LearnEnglish Team

I don't understand grammar of this sentence
" I am suppose to be meeting "
I would have written "I am suppose to meet "
Please can u explain me the sentence

Hello Didi,

Both forms are possible and there is no real difference in meaning in this context. However, note that you should say 'I am supposed', not suppose.



The LearnEnglish Team

please ... how can i download this audio discussion.؟

Hello amine nghima

If you are using a computer, right-click on the audio player and then choose 'Save Audio As' and then it should download to your computer. It's a little trickier on tablets or mobiles, but perhaps by pressing on the audio player and holding your finger there you can see see a similar option.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello...Can I say: "I should meet someone" instead of " I’m supposed to be meeting someone."????

Hello pizzy78

'I should meet someone' is grammatically correct, but it means something different than 'I'm supposed to be meeting someone'. The first one could mean that you feel an obligation to meet someone or that you have a reason to think that you might meet someone. The second one means that you expected or intended to meet someone.

The different meanings of 'should' and other modal verbs are explained on our Modal verbs page if you'd like to see more on them.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team


Thanks a lot for the excercises, they are really helpful.