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Episode 07: Dumped?

Sarah is angry with Carlos for working as a chef in the café. Is she going to dump him?

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.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Look at these two sentences with 'enough'.

I have got enough money to invest in the business.
He is good enough to work as a professional chef.

We use 'enough' before nouns but after adjectives.


Task 4


Language level

Intermediate: B1


please i wanna practics english with native or good speakers plz on facebook or yahoo messenger

Hi Girlsslave,

That's a great way to improve your English, but I'm afraid that our House Rules prohibit the sharing of personal information such as Facebook or Yahoo Messenger accounts.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello all,
i have two questions:
1. Carlos: I’m just a bit fed up of working here
"fed up of" or 'fed up with doing Something"?
2. "but it’ll have to be a no on that one too" what's this sentence mean?

"but it’ll have to be a no on that one too". Let me try to explain it for you.
The sentence should be "But it will have to be a "no" on that one too."
"That one" is "I was wondering if you wanted to come out on Friday night?"
Olivia said "it will have to be a "no" on that one". She was saying "no" in a euphemistical way.
Before "that one", Fedi ever asked "I wondered if you wanted to be in on it." but Olivia said "no" for the first time: "Thanks, but no thanks!" So this time, she used "too".
I hope it helps.

Hello hanh Tran,

You can say both 'fed up of' and 'fed up with'; both have the same meaning.

The second sentence is an informal way of refusing a proposal.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!I think that peacock is mail,peahen is female.But I don't know if I can use peafowl instead of both of them.Is there any difference?
And in this sentence "I shall come back and ... meet him.I think I don't have to use "shall" there again.Am I true? Thank you!

Hello mehinaydinli,

I must admit that I had to look this up in the dictionary to be able to answer you, as 'peahen' and 'peafowl' are words you don't hear very often, but you're correct. Note that the word 'fowl' means 'bird' in general (though beware the word isn't used much in colloquial speech), so 'peafowl' refers to both male and female birds of this species. Please note that you can't use 'fowl' as a suffix with any kind of bird (e.g. 'chickenfowl' is not a word) - you'll have to check in a good dictionary to see how it is used.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello mehinaydinli,

In my experience, most of the time people just say 'peacock' to refer to both males and females, but other people might have a different experience. In any case, if you are speaking to specialists, e.g. ornithologists or serious birders, then I expect 'peafowl' would be understood. Even many native speakers would probably understand it, but it might be difficult for non-native speakers - but this is just a guess on my part.

You can search the internet for words inside "inverted commas" to see how they are used in different contexts, and you might also want to search in an online concordancer (e.g. the British National Corpus), though I'm not sure either will give you a clear indication of how often the words are used.

As for your either question, 'shall' is explained on our ability, permission, requests and advice page - it is not commonly used to speak about the future. Which form you use really depends on the context you're speaking in.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello there!
i don't know what to do. i have been learning many many, but the result isn't as i'm hoping. can you help me and show me a good method so i can improve my english skill?
thank you very much!

Hello flamboyant,

It's hard for me to give you concrete and specific advice without knowing you and your English much better as different people learn in different ways and what is successful for one person may not help another. Some people find memorisation and repetition helpful, while others prefer to simply use what they know to communicate. That is why it is important to reflect on how you learn and to think about what does and does not work for you. For example, you might consider what has been successful for you in the past, and try to use a similar approach again.

Remember that what you are feeling - a lack of progress - is not unusual after a person has been learning for a while. At the beginning progress seem quick as everything is new and we can learn new things all the time. Later on, however, a lot of the learning is revision and we spent time improving things that we can already do rather than doing new things; this means that progress is less evident even though we are making progress.

There are a few ideas I can suggest which have been helpful to others. For exampe, as you work, it's important to keep a vocabulary notebook. Organise it by topic ('work', 'family', 'food', etc.) and add words and phrases to it as you go through the material.  Test yourself regularly to see if you remember the words.

Secondly, practise English every day, even if it's only for 10 minutes. You can study the vocabulary you've recorded, listen to recordings on LearnEnglish, or if you have a friend who is also learning English, practise speaking with them.

Remember that you can also practise by yourself, just speaking English when you are alone at home or at work. This kind of practice is great for developing fluency in speaking, so that when you need to use English in the 'real' world you are ready and confident.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team