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Big Meal Scene 2

Stephen works hard to make sure everything is perfect for Ashlie's birthday meal.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I can remember when I made a wonderful and romantic suprise. I put several bollons in her bed, a teddy bear with a red heart, I set flower all around the bed, a gold ring and some romantic love messages. It was a great idea. I cooked for girl.

There is too much time ago that i did not hear the word 'edible'. When I was teenager i cooked eggs but they were edible'
What does the phrase ''I've got a back up plan'' mean?
Thanks British Council

Hi AdrianCM

A 'back up plan' is a second plan in the case the first one doesn't work. Another way of saying this is 'plan B' (where 'plan A' is the first plan).

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I like this video.

Great website!

Hello...this website is very helpful.
I'm a bit confused about Ashlie's words said "I'll just pop this in the fridge"

"it's the thought that counts."

What's she trying to say?
Could you help me with these sentences.

Thank you very much

Hi Veny

I'm glad that you find our site helpful! 'pop' is a word that has over a dozen uses, but in this case it simply means 'put' (follow the link for a more detailed description).

You can find 'it's the thought that counts' in the dictionary, too -- people use this expression to put the focus on a person's intentions over their actions. Ashlie is saying that she doesn't mind if Stephen didn't actually make the cake -- his good intentions in getting her a cake are more important than him making the cake himself.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I do like surprises because they always make me feel happy and exciting. The most impressive surprise to me is a gift card done by my daughter when she was 4 years old. When she returned home from kindergarten, she hugged me and lowered her voice saying to me that "open my schoolbag Dad there is something for you". And when I realized that the card with her childish writing and drawing was a gift card to me, I nearly burned into tears.

Hello, I'd like to be clear in this: Stephen said "That's pudding sorted." What does this mean? Thank you.

Hello David Lara,

The phrase 'That's pudding sorted' means 'We've dealt with pudding now'. In other words, the 'problem' of pudding has been solved and we can move on to the next thing.



The LearnEnglish Team