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Episode 08: Speculate to accumulate

Fadi has spent most of the money that Johnny and Harry invested. Can he convince them to put in more capital again?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1



What is the meaning of "thought so".
Please observe the below dialogue as well as describe the meaning of "Though so!" which has uttered by Johnny.
Johnny: No...I am waiting to meet someone...but not you! Where are you from, anyway?
Sarah: Well, I live in London now, but I’m originally from Shanghai.
Johnny: Thought so! I’m from Hong Kong.
Olivia: Sorry to interrupt..but who are you both waiting for?

Hello meheee2008uiu,

This is a shortened version of 'I thought so!', used when something somebody says confirms a suspicion that we had.  Here Johnny had an idea that Sarah was from Shanghai, and what she said confirmed it.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Everyone
1-What does maintime mean ??
2-Fadi: You’ve got to speculate to accumulate! Be patient – we’ll still be successful!
3-Harry: If we don’t, I’ll be joining Carlos working in this café!
I didn't understand that

Hello zainab1110,

'maintime' isn't a word that I'm familiar with - do you perhaps mean meantime? In any case, I'd recommend you look up words and phrases that you don't know in the dictionary - there's a handy Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box in the column on the right side of this page.

The idea of speculating to accumulate refers to the idea that you must take risks to make money (if you look up speculate and accumulate in the dictionary, I think this will be clear) - Fadi has invested Harry's and Johnny's money. When Harry says the sentence above, he means that if Fadi's investment of their money doesn't pay off, he'll have to start working in the café to make a living.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

very easy and clear . 

I'm excited about listening to the recordings because they sound emotional and clear enough to understand properly.   

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