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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


Hi teacher,
I would like to know why Stephen says "Ashlie's going to the hairdressers" and not "Ashlie's going to the hairdresser's" with apostrofe....Is the meaning different?
Thank you very much for your reply

Hi Isabella19,

I'm afraid this is a typo! We try hard to catch any such mistakes before material is published but sometimes they creep through, unfortunately. When that happens we rely on our users to spot them for us - thank you for being so observant!

I've corrected the page now and you should see an apostrophe.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for your reply!

I like surprise they are always exciting! I remember one day my girlfriend gave to me a small book containing our picture from the beginning. I was really surprised and amazed and obviously delighted! It has been the best present that I've received so far. I hope to receive a really exciting surprise as soon as possible!

I don't like much surprises even if I like when things are improvised.
A good surprise was when my wife planned to celebrate my 30 years old birthday with all our friends. That was great but I always feel that I don't deserve it.
Bad experience when cooking : I was making a 'boeuf bourguignon', beef cooked in red wine for 3 hours on the small burner. I forgot to turn the fire off. It didn't burn but the meat was turned into mash. It was eatable but not in the form I expected.

I'm really interested in cocking. The Iranian foods are so delicious and divers like ghorme-sabzi, cholo-kabab & ... . Every area of Iran have own domestic foods, for example in south an north of Iran fish bases food is more than other areas, in south-east most of foods are so spicy and very close to Indian foods. In Balouchestan there are many kind of foods like tabaaheg, Beryaani an so on.

The good surprises are nice to me.

On my last birthday my co-workers gave me a great surprise in a fancy restaurant near Tegucigalpa. My bad experiences in cooking are: much salt on it or the food were burned. In the soup the meet don't well cooked and vegetables were destroy.

I like suprises a lot. All suprises (the good ones) make me happy, I couldn't choose the best suprise. One morning, While I was making omlette for breakfast, I should have added a little bit flour in my mixture.but I added more than a little bit :) and I said: "That's good job. It swells well. How could I do it?" then I noticed something. It wasn't an omlette, it was an omlette cake.

I haven't cooked many things yet but I am learning how to cook.
I like surprises.

Thank you very much. You've save my life.