Episode 10: Family matters

Harry wants to meet Bindyu's parents but she fears that her family won't like him. Why?

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Preparation

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Exercise

Transcript

Olivia: Hey, Harry! How’s it going?

Harry: Not bad, thanks.

Olivia: Are you a millionaire yet?

Harry: Eh? What? Oh ... Fadi’s “FindLondon” business. Actually it’s going pretty well – we’ve set up a website and now we’re taking lots of enquiries, there’s a lot of interest. But I’m only an investor, you know. It’s not my real job.

Olivia: Sounds even better – if you can make money without working!

Harry: Yeah! I guess that’s the plan. That’s Fadi’s plan anyhow! But, as your friend Magda says, there’s more to life than money.

Olivia: Well, that’s certainly true.

Harry: I mean, I want to spend more time with Bindyu – that’s what makes me really happy ...

Olivia: Why don’t you just go out more together?

Harry: Well, we see each other most days ... but it’s not that ...

Olivia: What is it then?

Harry: I’d like to take our relationship a bit more seriously.

Olivia: But?

Harry: But she doesn’t want me to meet her parents.

Olivia: Oh, I see. Why not?

Harry: That’s just it. I don’t know really. I think she’s embarrassed by me, or ashamed of me ... or something ...

Olivia: No! That can’t be true! Why do you think that?

Harry: I don’t know. Perhaps I’m not rich enough, or successful enough. You know, I’m just an ordinary London guy. Anyhow, I must be off now – if you see Bindyu, let her know I was looking for her!

Olivia: Will do! Bye!

Bindyu: Hey there!

Olivia: Hello! Oh, Harry was just in here looking for you.

Bindyu: I knew it! I meant to catch him – but just missed him!

Olivia: He was talking about you, actually.

Bindyu: Oh yeah? All good things I hope.

Olivia: Yes, but ...

Bindyu: But? You mean there’s a “but”?

Olivia: Yeah. He thinks you’re not taking the relationship as seriously as he wants.

Bindyu: Oh no! That’s not true ... Why does he think that?

Olivia: He thinks you don’t want him to meet your family.

Bindyu: Oh, I see. It’s not that I don’t want him to meet my parents, it’s just that it’s ...

Olivia: What?

Bindyu: It’s just difficult, that’s all.

Olivia: Why?

Bindyu: Well ... you know ... We’re so different ... from different backgrounds ... and my family are very traditional.

Olivia: I see ... Still, perhaps you should try.

Bindyu: Yeah – maybe you’re right. I’ll try.

Task 1

Task 2

Sometimes a root verb can have two adjective forms; one ending in -ing and the other ending in -ed. Look at these two sentences.

Bindyu is worried about Harry meeting her family.
It is a worrying situation.

We use an adjective with -ed to describe a feeling.
We use an adjective with -ing to describe something that produces a feeling.

Exercise

Task 3

Task 4

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Submitted by vishnu_saddikuti on Wed, 10/11/2021 - 05:36

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I think "a lot of money" for 5th and "make someone happy" for the last blank also works.

Hello vishnu_saddikuti,

I agree with you. You could switch those answers and they would still make sense. Well spotted!

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by User_User on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 16:55

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Hello In task 2 there are the two adjective forms beeing described. I've done the exercises in task 2 and 3 without these rules. I've heard enough English to be correct by heart. If I only knew the rules and I applied them, it would slow me down very much. If I had a conversation, the other person would be bored because I would have to stop too often to figure out which form I must use. Bye

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 20:28

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Thanks for the episode.

Submitted by jmajo on Wed, 11/12/2019 - 13:59

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Thanks for the episode!. :)