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Episode 12: Good news and bad news

In the final episode of this season, find out about Magda's new job and how Sarah deals with her intrusive landlord. Harry has some surprising news and Johnny has a big decision.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1



In this episode Olivia was worried what Fadi might think that she had a row with his cousin. If I paid money to move in and took a day off to be there I simply wouldn't care what my 'friend' might think. I would be pretty angry with Fadi that he suggested me this flat and so I wouldn't be polite to him.

Sarah said about Chongqing: "It's a really interesting place ... growing really quickly ..."
If I said that in German it would mean: A rural area with no opportunity to have fun.

Thanks for the Episode, it was very useful.

What Sarah means by saying(Makes two of you then)

Hello fidaasiddig

She means that there are two of 'you' (Magda and Johnny) who have good news.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team


Olivia said "what a shame. I hope it was going to work out...", what is "it was going to work out" mean? Anybody can tell me? thanks!

Hello jhen,

If something works out then it ends well, is solved or is a success. We generally use it when there is uncertainty or a problem of some kind.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
There are really some excellent dictionaries where I can look up words. But sometimes I wish for a source where I can find phrases, phrasal verbs, chunks of language that are often used in everyday language. Can you suggest an online encyclopedia specialized in this?
Thanks for your effort!
Best wishes

Hello Bernd,

I'm afraid it's British Council policy not to recommend specific books as we have to remain neutral with regard to publishers and authors, and also websites. Modern lexicography places a lot of emphasis on lexical patterns such as collocation, phrasal verbs and so on, so you'll find a lot of examples of these in any dictionary, though you may need to scroll down past the first definitions. Remember that the drop-down menus in most dictionary search windows provide suggestions which will include patterns using the main word. For example, if you start typing 'look' you will see suggestions like 'look', 'look at', 'look for' and so on.

I would say that your best option would be to browse the websites of the most well-known dictionaries, such as Cambrige and Merriam-Webster, and do some test searches to see which set of results is most helpful to you. Modern dictionaries have quite similar databases in terms of size but organise their results in different ways, and you may find that certain dictionaries suit you better than others.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Peter, for your detailed answer! You are right and probably the best way to keep the expressions in mind is my own search in different sources.

All the best!