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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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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


So fun to hear what a big relief people get when they understand who the burglar is ;) Fluffy burglar

hello!Mr.perter, I'm new member.I weak the listening.How can I do? Pls advice me.

Hi tint tint,

Have you tried listening to the podcasts while reading the transcript? This can help you separate the words you listen to and better understand the meaning.

I would also suggest that you explore other sections of LearnEnglish. You might find that other parts are a bit easier to understand, for example Elementary Podcasts Series 3 or articles in the Magazine.

Please let us know how that goes.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

hellow every one,could you tell me where is the text of the listening?i cannot understand all.

Hello alicehu706,
Just under the listening controls you should see the word 'Transcript'.  Click on this and the text of the listening will appear for you to read.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Is " plates" verb in the sentence " Some broken plates on the floor."? In the dictionary, they say : to cover a metal object with a thin layer of another metal, especially gold or silver.

Dear British Council,
In the transcript, Tony said: " well, there were those special pieces of fish". I think it is "there are" instead of "there were". Is that right? And Olivia said: "There's your burglar!". I don't understand. Please explain what it means.

Hello CuSO4_blue,
Tony uses a past tense ('were') because he's talking about things that were in the cafe last night (but are not now).
When Olivia says 'There's your burglar' she's telling the others that the cat is the 'burglar'.  We often use 'there's [are] your...' when we want to draw someone's attention to something they've just said, but didn't realise was important.  It's almost like saying 'that thing you've just said - that is the answer'.  For example:
"I feel really tired all the time.  I was a party and I fell asleep last night."
"Well there's your problem - too many parties!"
I hope that answers your questions.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter M,
But "those special pieces of fish" are still there when they talk. Please tell me the reason why we can not use present tense.

I admire your dedication to solving the case of the missing fish!  I am afraid you're wrong about the fish still being there, however.  Olivia asks if anything has been stolen and the fish is the answer: the pieces of fish are not there.  Later Tony says 'That explains the fish' - i.e. the fact that the burglar was a cat explains why the fish were not there, and why the past tense was used.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team