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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


Hello ManouchehrSoltani,

What I imagined when I listened was that Tony had either not found the fish (because the cat had eaten it) or that he had found some of the fish eaten. This is not explicitly stated, but Tony's statement (That explains the fish) would make perfect sense in that situation. In any case, yes, he's saying the cat is the cause of the mess, not a burglar!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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I want to ask why some words end with " ` " like cafe`
if i write cafe with out "`" , will it be wrong?