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Episode 01: A burglary

The start of Series 3 brings bad news. Tony's Café has been burgled! Or has it?

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Audio script

Tony:  Oh no ... oh no ... I don’t believe it!

Harry (still outside):  Let’s just nip into the café for breakfast ...

Bindyu:  OK, sure.

Harry (entering):  Hi there, Tony! What’s the problem?

Tony:  Just have a look!

Harry:  Ermm ... Everything looks normal to me!

Olivia:  Hi, everyone! Just thought I’d nip in to get a coffee before work ... er ... What’s going on?

Bindyu:  Tony’s upset about something.

Olivia:  I can’t see anything unusual.

Harry:  Me neither.

Tony:  What?! Are you mad? Look – all these cups are broken!

Olivia:  Oh, yeah. Now you mention it ...

Tony:  And look at the mess here! 

Harry:  Some broken plates on the floor.

Tony:  The dustbins!

Fadi:  Hi, all! What’s going on? What’s wrong with the dustbins?

Tony:  There’s rubbish everywhere!

Bindyu:  Oh yeah ...

Magda/Sarah:  Hi, all!

Sarah: What’s up?

Tony:  There’s been a break-in!

Harry:  A burglary?

Olivia:  Thieves?

Magda/Sarah:  Oh no!

Olivia:  Has anything been stolen?

Magda:  Quick! Check!

Tony:  I never leave any money in the café overnight, so that’s not a danger.

Harry:  Is there anything else? Anything valuable?

Tony:  Well, there were those special pieces of fish.

All:  Fish?

Tony:  Yeah ... I had some really nice fish.

Carlos:  Hey, everyone! What’s going on?

All:  Blimey! What?!! What’s that?!

Harry:  Who the ...?

Sarah:  What the ...?

Fadi:  How did ...?

All:  A cat!!????

Olivia:  There’s your burglar!

Tony:  That explains the fish ...

Johnny:  Hello all! Ooohhh ... Hello, puss! Is this the new café cat?


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Thanks for another great episode and series.
It has been helping me a lot!

Thanks for the really good episode, it was really useful. ;)

Dear Peter M,
thank you for your immediate reply , I appreciate all you are doing for us and I've been always learning things from all of you...

Dear Team,here it is a headline sentence: ''Tony's Café has been burgled! Or has it?'' Is this correct or it needs ''...hasn't it '' instead of ''has it''?

Hello nikoslado,
The sentence is correct. It is not a tag question asking for confirmation, but rather a separate sentence suggesting the statement may not be true, with the repeated information omitted:
"Tony's Café has been burgled! Or has Tony's Café been burgled?"
The LearnEnglish Team



Sir, which is the right way to say it:
1) I don't know whether should I go with her or not?
2) I don't know whether I should go with her or not?
In my opinion 1st one is correct as it is a question.

Thank you

Hello SahilK,

I'm afraid neither of these are correctly formed reported questions, though 2 would be correct if you simply changed the question mark to a full stop. Please see the page I linked to for an explanation of how to form indirect questions.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

good morning,
I don't understand very well the sentence " Let's just nip into the cafe .....
If I look intio the diccionary for nip the meaning is completely different.