Learn some phrases for talking with someone you haven't seen in a long time.

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Intermediate: B1

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hi.
what does she mean by "... the works"? is it a slang or sth?
thanks

this conversation is dificult to understand the pronounciation of mew but i keep tring.

Hi Nicoleta,
When the woman says 'the works', she means 'everything you would hope or expect'. So in this situation, instead of listing everything that she has in her house (e.g. the rooms, the furniture, the features), she says 'the works' .
In another example, someone in a British hotel might ask what you want for breakfast. If you answered 'the works, please', they would give you some eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, toast etc. - all the food available.
I hope that helps,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

i think it is hard to me . i have to do more practise
thanks it is really helpful

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 Thanks for this poste where I learn a new common phrase "musn't grumble"
Thans to the LearnEnglish Team
 

Thank you all that verry good for me

Hello, I am here again for my second comments, these two guys look like two actors, I like to watch their performance. They are really amazing. Adam, I know you see our comments, can you tell me any tips or shortcuts for English pronunciation, I am 54 years old and I do not have enough time to memorize all English words, one by one, so if English has shortcuts for its pronunciation, this would be so useful.
My best regards.

Hello Helenklin,
I don't see all the comments! Sometimes my colleague Jack or someone else on the team looks at them.
As for your question, I answered it when you asked it before on this page: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/uk-culture/language
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,Adam!!!!That's my about fifth visit to this site,but i like it very much yet))Tell me ,please,what must i do to improve my knowledge?? I like this language and I'd like to be good in it!!!!Best wishes!!!Milenn!!

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