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Episode 01: Fingers crossed

The old friends are gathering around in Tony's café to share some good news. But the café might be closing down soon!

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello Vuong doan,

It means that something is going to be worse in the future than it is now. It is a pessimistic statement.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


I would wish to know if it is possible to write and if it has the same meaning the word "current" instead of "usual" for in the sentence below.

To be absent from your usual place. (e.g. on holiday)


Hello El Al,

Have you compared the definitions and uses of these two words in our dictionary? Just type them into the searchbox under Cambridge Dictionaries Online to see them. I think you'll see that both can be used, depending on what you want to say.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


Sorry but, in the preparation, "A university qualification", shouldn't be "An"?

Best regards,

Hello rodrigo-zayit,

No, the correct form here is 'a'. This is because the pronunciation of university begins with /ju:/ rather than /u:/.

You can check the pronunciation of words in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online (there is a search window on the right).

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

i want to the meaning of this
To be doing something that you shouldn’t be doing

Hi archijais,

'to be doing' and 'be doing' are continuous forms, and so in general indicate something in progress at the moment. The idea is that you are doing something, and you shouldn't be doing this thing.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

dear the learn english team
i used to hear the conversation then answer the question
i understand all the conversation or most of it but i have problem remember the name of the speakers could you advice me what i have to do to memories the name?

Hi Mark828,

It might help to listen to the episode several times and/or to read the transcript as you listen to it. Also, the characters introduce themselves in separate short animated videos on the Big City Small World homepage - just click on A-Z list, and you'll see the first one ("Meet Fadi"). Perhaps viewing those will help you.

Good luck!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear everyone,
I like this website very much i have leant a lot but i want to communicate with somebody how is it possible? on skype or anywhere else.pls help me.bcoz i wish to be a confident speaker.