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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


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.

Hello everybody,I want to say that  I like this website and I can't spend one day without visiting It.  I learned lot of things and my English is becoming  better than before, so thank you very much for all the team of britishcoucil.

Hi samssira,

Thanks for letting us know you appreciate the site. We're really glad that you find that it helps you improve your English and hope that you will continue to visit us!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I have problem because I don't know when we use "to" in sentences. Can you explain me difference between this sentence: "But I want stay here" and "But I want to stay here".
Thank you!!

Hello Natalia,
Your second sentence is good, but the first sentence ("But I want stay here") is incorrect because any verb that follows want should be in the to + infinitive form.
You can see a detailed explanation of this on our verbs followed by to + infinitive page. Once you've finished that, it would be a good idea to click on the "next" button at the top of the page to see verbs followed by -ing clauses.
When you are ready to practice all of this, I'd recommend that you try our exercise verbs followed by ‘ing’ or by ‘to + infinitive’. If you look on the right, you'll also see there's a second exercise on this same point.
I hope this helps you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

.I’m rushed off my feet here...(what does it mean?)

Hi noor us sahar qureshi,
If you look up "rush off feet" in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box (in the right-hand column), you'll see that it means to cause someone to be very busy.
Tony says this because he's just got four orders for coffee, and perhaps had other orders before then.
If you have any other questions, please let us know.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter M
Thanks for your fully support. I am very happy to see your explanation and make me sure.
Respectfully Yours,