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Episode 12: Popping the question

Harry is going to ask a very important question and Carlos has a piece of good news to share. Is it going to be a happy ending?

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Look at this sentence from the audio.

I’m sorry – I thought it was planned.

We form the passive with the verb 'to be' in the right tense and the past participle.


Task 3


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Thanks to everyone involved in those series!The series 3 was amazing to listen.
Thank you very much.

Thanks for the episode, I've learnt new words today.

I wish in the end something happened between Olivia and Fadi. Fadi was really in love with Olivia.

I'm really sorry that this is the last episode of big city small world I hope I see more podcasts like that.


i was looking for other person question about " I wasn’t expecting that" but can not find out. Or too much pages to find.
As cambrige dictionary: If it means think, suppose, guess. It can not be continuous term. But here i got confused.

Please help me understand it . Thanks

Pls help me with this.

Hi Jesse,
As you say, the verb 'expect' means that we think something will happen: it describes the future we think likely. In this case, the negative is used to show surprise: 'I didn't expect that' means 'I'm surprised by that'.
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. Thank you for the great contents. Any plans for Series 4?

Hi Jayoon

I'm afraid that at the moment, there is no plan for a fourth series. We are working on some new listening materials, however, so please keep your eye on the Listening section. It will still be some weeks or even months before they are ready, but by summer there should be dozens of new pages.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,in this episode,I heard Harry said"I thought.....",the word thought was pronounced [fu] as the same as I heard Harry's pronunciation in another episode.But in dictionary it is [THot].Could you tell me is it an individual accent,or am I wrong about my hearing?

Hi Fred,

Yes, you're right. This is called 'th-fronting' (though most native speakers wouldn't know this term) and is characteristic of a range of varieties of English, including some found in London. I would still encourage you to use the 'th' sound in your own speaking (if you are able to make the sound), as it is more widely accepted.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team