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Episode 05: Environmental issues

There is a heated discussion on environmental issues. How green are the gang?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi hayaalqasem,

When an infinitive is used after do, it normally indicates purpose - for example, "what are you doing to solve the problem?". In the case of "what's he doing working here?" in this episode, Harry isn't speaking about purpose, he's expressing surprise at seeing Carlos as an employee there, since he's normally seen him as a customer.

In the second sentence you ask about, "have to do" is a colloquial way of saying "be (good) enough". Harry means that Carlos would like his own restaurant, but that he doesn't have the resources to have his own restaurant now, so working in the cafe will have to be enough for him for now.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Learn English team
I have problem that I understood the speaking but I cannot distinguish who speaks
for example I could not know who speaks Magda or Olivia I feel they have the same voice
Could you tell me what's happening with me?

Hi hayaalqasem,

I'd suggest you read the transcript while listening to episodes where these two characters speak together. With time, perhaps you will be better able to distinguish them. You might also want to view the two characters introduce themselves on these pages: Meet Olivia and Meet Magda.

Good luck!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for teacher's advise. It's very useful. I'll try to follow up and do as your mentions.

I hope that I can improve my English skill in further.

i haven't reviewed my english skill for 06 months. i had to look after my new-born baby so that i was at home all this time.
this is the first time i learn english on website. the listening lesson was a little bit difficult. i can't hear it fluently. try next time!!!!

Hello kimlitran,

Have you tried listening while reading the Transcript? That might help you.

Congratulations on your baby!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Very interesting exercises and the main thing i cope with them.

Only began to seriously study the language,and much already is-I'm satisfied.

Hye dear.. i'm a new here. My english are poor. So i intend to learn & polish my english to be more better. Hope this site could improve of my skills to speak, listen n write in english. I'll always add a comment to let you guys comment my writting. if have any mistake just let me know. Then i can amend it in future.

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