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 Peter M. on Sun, 01/09/2019 - 07:54

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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.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by pizzy78 on Wed, 26/06/2019 - 10:50

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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

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

 

Submitted by jmajo on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 15:54

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

Submitted by manar bchr on Wed, 13/02/2019 - 13:54

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i really loved it , it was a veary usefull leson for me

Submitted by Aghil on Tue, 12/02/2019 - 13:04

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hello. I'm aghil. I am from Iran actually I'm Iranian. this episode was fantastic and so helpful I'm interested in this kind of method

Submitted by nuam7273 on Sat, 19/01/2019 - 21:39

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Thought so! I’m from Hong Kong. what does it mean thought so in this sentence

Hello nuam7273,

'Thought so' is an abbreviated form of 'I thought so', meaning that something another person said is not a surprise for us.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team