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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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Before you listen

We suggest you do the vocabulary activity below before you listen. Then listen to the episode and do the first task to check your understanding. Finally, practise some vocabulary and grammar.



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


Hi Jeremy,could you explain which is the difference between "to me" and "for me" ?
For example in this sentence : "you are important to me" or " you are important for me" .
Thank you.

Hi Algiz
I'm not Jeremy, but I'll try to answer your question anyway!
If we're talking about our emotions - that somebody is a special part of our life, for example - then we would use 'important to me'.  For example:
'My family is very important to me.' [= I have strong emotions about it]
We usually use 'important for' when we have something more specific in mind - important for a particular purpose or reason.  For example:
'My family has been important for his career.' [= without his family his career would have been less successful]
I hope that helps to clarify the difference.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I see.
So,when I mean "in my opinion" should I always use "to me" ?

Great and fun. I like it.

very interesting article!!!

Hello. That was my first lesson. It was really useful for me . Thank you.

Hmmm. Nice I like it ! I'll wait for more deep English and grammar
Please can you Use : VCOP
Vocabulary = preposition ,verb , adjective. and more
Connectives = therefore , as the result . and more
Opener= where,when,why,how. and more
Punctuation= full stop . Question mark ? Exclamation mark ! . And more

it's easy and useful for me

hi it is very useful for Burglar story, i like it?  It is very building up about reading from people who not English and try to rebuild learning.

Very usefull article