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Episode 02: A prize

The architect's company Magda works for is listed for a prize, and Magda's design is going to surprise everyone. And how are things going between Fadi and Olivia?

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.

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Intermediate: B1

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Hello

I've got a question:

In task 1 and 2 there's the statement that Magda ordered champagne.
Magda didn't order champagne because she was unsure if a cafe has got alcoholic drinks so she first asked if Tony has any. For me ordering something and asking if something is available is not the same thing.
Can you explain this to me?
Bye

Hello User_User,

When Magda says 'By the way, do you have any champagne?', in the context of speaking with the staff of a café or restaurant, it's definitely possible, or even likely, that Magda was ordering a glass. Here it's not completely clear whether she was ordering it or asking about its availability, but when I first listened to it, I understood that she was ordering it.

This is a good example of a case where a misunderstanding could occur and further questioning or comments would be needed to clarify her intentions.

Does that make sense?

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Well done Magda!
Congratulations for your door handles' design.

Good Episode!, thanks for your work!

Hello The LearningEnglish Team,

I am writing this comment to ask something about the conversation above. I've tried to browse the explanation but it was vain.

At the conversation above, Magda said to olivia, "I am not sure I believe you." Does it still have the same meaning if Magda said, "I am not sure I believe in you"?

Thank you very much

Hello Achmad Shocheb
Here, Magda says she's not sure she believes Olivia when Olivia says that she and Fadi are just friends. Magda suspects that they are becoming romantically involved, but that Olivia is denying this.
If you believe in someone, it means you have faith or trust in that person – it is a more general idea. For example, you can believe in a person you admire. We also use this phrase to tell someone that we think they are more capable than they think. For example, if my friend is depressed because his business is not going well, I can say 'I believe in you' to tell him that I think he will succeed.
All the best
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I have tried to listen to Series 3 episode 2 and it won't play. If I use Safari on my Mac I get an error, it won't play using Chrome on my Mac either. I tried using Firefox on my PC and it still won't play. I then tried Series 3 episodes 3 and 4 and had the same problem but episode 5 played perfectly.
I borrowed an android tablet and series 3 episode 2 played perfectly, also my student from the Czech Republic was able to hear it via his phone. It appears it is a problem with laptops and desktops but not with mobile devices.

Hi RitaR

It sounds like some kind of temporary error to me. I've just managed to listen to the audio on this page on my Windows desktop and also in Chrome on my Mac laptop. It also played on my phone. Are you able to hear it now? If not, please let us know what browser version you're using.

Best wishes

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

nice

Hello BritishCouncil Team
I have a question from Task4. Why can't we use "Some" in "I'm expecting a phone call any minute!"? We've learned that we can use "any" in questions or negative sentences while the sentence uses "any" in positive form, Why? Please help me
Best Wishes, Thanks

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