Episode 04: We have a mission!

Sarah will be kicked out of her flat soon and so everyone is on a mission… 

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

Harry: Well Sarah, here’s the paper...I was looking at jobs...but you’ll need the “accommodation” page!
Olivia: Hmmm, not very sensitive, Harry...
Harry: Have to go now...see you all!
All: Bye!
Olivia: What’s the problem with your flat, then Sarah?
Sarah: Well, I was renting a room in a shared house, but now the landlord has decided to sell the house, so we all have to move out...
Magda: Oh no...that can be really difficult in London. It’s so expensive here...
Sarah: I know, I’m not sure I’ll be able to afford it...
Olivia: Tell me about it!
Sarah: About what?
Olivia: Sorry...I just mean, I know how expensive life is!
Sarah: Why’s that?
Magda: Olivia wants Harry to set up a website for her, but he’s asked for loads of money!
Fadi: Yeah...me too!
Magda: I think he’s greedy.
Fadi: I’m not sure about that...he’s a professional after all. He’s right to ask a reasonable amount for his work.
Olivia: You’re just like him, I can see...only interested in money!
Magda: Yeah, that’s right...
Fadi: Leave off...I’m not only interested in money. I like football too...
Olivia: I don’t think I can afford it, but I don’t know how to say “no” without offending him now.
Sarah: Do you think he’ll be offended?
Olivia: Perhaps...
Fadi: I shouldn’t worry. He’s not a very sensitive guy, is he?
Olivia: No! I like him, though...
Fadi: Oh yeah? 
Olivia: Not in that way...he’s just a friend...
Fadi: “Just a friend”, eh?
Olivia: Are you jealous?
Fadi: Get out of here! Course I’m not. I’ve got lots of girlfriends...
Magda: And they only ever last for two weeks!
Fadi: I like to keep them keen!
Sarah: Oh yeah, sure...
Fadi: Listen, Olivia, if it makes it easier for you, I think I’m going to take Harry up on his offer. I’ll get him to do some work for me, then it won’t matter if you turn him down.
Sarah: I do some work for a website, Olivia. It’s called DimSum.co.uk – it’s for the Chinese community in Britain. I could find out who does their website – they might be cheaper.
Olivia: Could you do that for me? I’d be really grateful.
Sarah: Sure, no problem.
Olivia: And we’ll try and help you find a flat!
Sarah: Thanks!
Magda: How long have you got before you have to move out?
Sarah: Only a month.
Magda: That’s not long.
Fadi: I’ll ask around, see if anyone I know has a room free in their house...
Magda: I’ll do the same thing...
Olivia: Me too!
Magda: Ok everyone...we have a mission!
Fadi: Find Sarah a place to live!
Olivia: And tell Harry he’s greedy!
Sarah: I think this might be difficult....
Magda: What? Finding you a flat, or upsetting Harry?
Sarah: Both!

Language level

Intermediate: B1

Submitted by Al Walker on Thu, 25/02/2021 - 14:49

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Hi, Hary and Fadi don't have a British accent, innit? Where they come from, according to the script.

Submitted by Peter M. on Sat, 27/02/2021 - 08:03

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Hi Al Walker,

Harry's accent is quite typically London, as are Olivia's and Fadi's.

Sarah has a Chinese accent and Magda is Polish.

 

You can look biographies for all the characters on the home page of the series. Go to the bottom right of the page and you'll see the links:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/general-english/big-city-small-world

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by nikoslado on Tue, 19/11/2019 - 19:54

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Dear Team, in Preparation task it refers: ''an excessive desire for food, drink, etc. = greedy''.But ''greedy'' is an adjective whereas we rather need the noun ''greediness'', as it refers to a relative situation ''excessive desire''.What do you think?

Hello nikoslado

Yes, you are right, and I'm sorry if that caused any confusion.

We plan to revise this section soon, and when we do, we will rephrase that definition so that it is appropriate for an adjective.

Thanks.

Best wishes

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by bawk san aung on Sat, 31/08/2019 - 15:54

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I can't remember the names of theirs. Many mistakes i have done in this series. Any way, some words, like greedy , offend, keep them keen are got to use for next. In sensitive, in expensive and in experienced are my news words.I want to be greedy man on somethings. But i am afraid letting someone offend. I just want to keep them keen instead of.

Submitted by jmajo on Sat, 18/05/2019 - 19:25

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Thanks a lot for the exercise, it's very useful.

Submitted by amit_ck on Mon, 11/03/2019 - 15:51

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"Greedy" means excessive desire for food, drink, etc. But in this audio I don't feel Harry is Greedy. So, What does mean in here Greedy?

Hello amit_ck

'greedy' often refers to money. As Olivia says, all he seems to be interested in is money -- that's the meaning here.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by fidaasiddig on Thu, 28/02/2019 - 16:36

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I didn't understand this sentence(I like to keep them keen)what Fadi means

Hello fidaasiddig,

When Fadi says 'I like to keep them keen' he is making a joke, suggesting that he maintains his girlfriends' enthusiasm by keeping the relationships short so that they do not get bored.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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