Saturday, June 9, 2007

Episode 1. Pleased to meet you


1 Greetings - 2. Introductions - 3. Simple Sentences - 4. Personal Pronouns - 5. THAT and THIS - 6. Adjectives
Anne, a wine dealer from Singapore, arrives at Adelaide Airport and meets her local buyer, Sarah.

Anne walks out with the other passengers...

ANNE Excuse me...

SARAH Anne Lee?

ANNE Yes. Hello

SARAH I’m Sarah Taylor. I’m your new local buyer. Pleased to meet you.
(they shake hands)

ANNE It’s very kind of you to meet me.

SARAH Oh. Sorry. This is my husband, Mark.

MARK Good morning. How are you?

ANNE Very well thankyou.

MARK How was your flight?

ANNE Actually, I’m a bit tired. It was a very long flight.

SARAH Let’s get your bags.

The three watch as the bags go around. Anne points.

ANNE That’s mine there! The red one.

MARK It’s heavy!

ANNE Sorry.

SARAH Don’t worry. Mark’s strong – aren’t you dear?

MARK No worries.

Come on. Let’s go to the hotel.

They leave the airport.

Episode 2. Enjoy Your Stay


1. Saying Thankyou - 2. Saying Goodbye - 3. The Future Tense - 4. Paying - 5. Formal Titles

Sarah and Mark take Anne to her hotel. She checks in.[/I]
ANNE Thank you very much for picking me up.

SARAH You’re very welcome. Will you be alright here?

ANNE Thanks. I’ll be fine. And thankyou Mark, for helping with my
heavy bags.

MARK Don’t mention it.

SARAH Alright then. Nice to meet you finally. I’ll ring you tomorrow.

ANNE Nice to meet you too.

SARAH Goodbye.

CLERK Good morning. Would you like to check in?

ANNE Yes please.

CLERK And your name?

ANNE Anne Lee.

CLERK Ah yes. Could you just fill this out please?
How long will you be staying?

ANNE Two weeks.

CLERK Are you here on business?

ANNE Mainly business.

CLERK Will you need a hire car?

ANNE No thankyou.

CLERK And will you need a map of the city?

ANNE Maybe later.

CLERK Will you want a newspaper in the morning?

ANNE No thankyou.

CLERK OK. And how will you be paying Ms Lee?

ANNE Credit card.

CLERK Thankyou. Here’s your key. It’s room 309. Enjoy your stay Ms Lee.

ANNE Thankyou. I hope I will.

Episode 3. What time is it?


1. Making An Appointment - 2. Can - 3. Will and 'll - 4. The Time - 5. Preposition with Time

In her hotel room, Anne rings a number.
John Barbour, the private detective, answers the phone.

JOHN Hello, Barbour’s Private Investigation. John Barbour speaking.

ANNE Hello. Can you find missing people?

JOHN Sometimes we can. Have you lost somebody?

ANN Yes.

JOHN Perhaps you’d like to tell me about it?

ANN Can I make an appointment please?

JOHN When would you like to come in?

ANNE Is tomorrow okay?

JOHN Let’s see… Yes, I can see you at ten o’clock. Will that suit you?

ANNE Okay, thankyou. (consults business card)
23 Mitchell Street – is that right?

JOHN That’s right. Second floor.

ANNE Okay. See you then. Goodbye.

JOHN Goodbye.
He puts down the phone and celebrates.

In her hotel room, Anne puts the phone down, and rings again.

CLERK Hello?

ANNE Hello. Reception? What time is it please?

CLERK It’s five o’clock.

ANNE And what time do you serve dinner?

CLERK The restaurant opens in an hour, and dinner is served between six and nine pm.

ANNE And breakfast?

CLERK Breakfast is served between seven and nine thirty am ma’am.

ANNE Thankyou.

CLERK You’re welcome.
Anne puts the phone down, then notices the photo by her bed and picks it up again. There is a tear in her eye.

Episode 4. Second on the Left


1. Asking Directions - 2. Present Continuous Tense - 3. Visiting - 4. Directions

ANNE is looking for JOHN’s office. A WOMAN is waiting
at a bus stop. ANNE approaches her.

ANNE Excuse me.


ANNE Could you tell me how to get to Mitchell Street?

WOMAN Yes. You’re going the wrong way. You need to go straight along here, past the silver balls, turn left, and it’s the second on the right, opposite the Town Hall.

ANNE Thankyou very much.

You’re welcome.
ANNE follows the directions. She approaches a shopkeeper.

ANNE Excuse me.


ANNE I’m looking for number 23. Barbour’s Private Investigator.

SHOPKEEPER Over there. Next to the trees.

ANNE Oh. Thankyou

SHOPKEEPER Good luck. You’ll need it.
ANNE enters the building and goes up the stairs. She knocks at the

JOHN Come in!
ANNE enters and looks around.

JOHN (to ANNE) Sorry.
(to phone) Yes, any time…yes usual rates. Must go now. Right. Goodbye. Julia. Bye.
He hangs up and leaps to shake ANNE’s hand.

ANNE Mr Barbour?

JOHN John. Private investigator. You must be Ms Lee. Please sit down.
She does so, hesitantly.

JOHN Now - what can I do for you Ms Lee?
She puts the photo of DAVID on his desk.

ANNE Could you find him for me?

Episode 5. Are you married?


1. About Nationality - 2. About Age - 3. The Numbers - 4. About Occupation - 5. Other Questions about a person

ANNE describes her brother to the private investigator.

ANNE Can you help me?

JOHN Well I’ll try. Now tell me about your brother Ms Lee. How old is he?

ANNE He’s twenty-three.

JOHN Well that would make him your younger brother. What’s his name?

ANNE David.

JOHN And what does he do?

ANNE He’s a student. Or – he was a student. I don’t know where he is.

JOHN (looks at the photo)
Hmmm. How tall is he?

ANNE About a hundred and seventy-five centimetres.

JOHN Hmmm. And does he speak English?

ANNE Yes. He speaks English and Chinese. Mr Barbour – can you find him?

JOHN I’ll certainly try. Now, tell me a little about yourself Miss Lee. Where are you from?

ANNE I come from Singapore. I’m Singaporean.

JOHN Right, and how old are you?

ANNE I’m twenty-five.

JOHN What do you do?

ANNE I import wine. I’m a businesswoman. I work in my family’s business.

JOHN And are you married?

ANNE No, I’m single.

JOHN you have a boyfriend?

ANNE Pardon?

JOHN Oh sorry. We private detectives are a naturally curious bunch. Ms Lee, perhaps you’d better tell the whole story.

ANNE It all started two years ago...

Episode 6. He didn't write


1. The Past Tense - 2. Regular Verbs - 3. Verbs ending in 'Y' - 4. Irregular Verbs - 5. Questions in the Past Tense - 6. Questions using WHAT and WHERE

ANNE My brother, David, worked in the family business too. But he didn’t like it. He wanted to try something different.

JOHN So what happened?

ANNE My parents agreed. They let him come to Australia to study.

JOHN Where did he go?

ANNE He came here, to Adelaide. He studied computer science. We thought he was happy.

JOHN And then what happened?

ANNE I don’t know. He wrote every week, and then the letters stopped.

Do you know where he lived?

ANNE He stayed with an Australian family. He was a boarder. Here’s the address.
She passes JOHN a piece of paper.

JOHN Did you phone them?

ANNE Yes, of course. He left there a year ago. They don’t know where he went.

JOHN Does he have a mobile phone?

ANNE I don’t know. He did, but he doesn’t answer it now.

JOHN Don’t worry Ms Lee. I’ll find your brother. I’m on the case.
He shakes her hand and she leaves. JOHN looks at the photo. Now he looks worried.

Episode 7. Come to Lunch


1. Going To - 2. Will - 3.Suggestions - 4. Days - 5. Prepositions Of Time

SARAH invites ANNE to meet her family.
SARAH and ANNE taste a sample of wine.

ANNE Mmm. It’s very smooth. Good flavour too.

SARAH It sells well in restaurants here. I think these’ll sell well in Singapore.

ANNE The samples you sent me were very popular with our staff. You seem to understand our tastes in Singapore.

SARAH Thankyou. It’s my job to know what my clients like.
ANNE seems distracted. SARAH observes her for a moment.

SARAH So, are you enjoying the city?

ANNE (unconvincingly)
It’s very nice.

SARAH What are you going to do tomorrow?

ANNE I don’t know. I’ll probably stay in the hotel and relax.

SARAH Why don’t you come to lunch with us at home?

ANNE Oh thankyou, but you have your family.

SARAH Yes, and they want to meet you. We’re going to have roast chicken – traditional Aussie food.

ANNE Sounds good. Alright, I’ll come.

SARAH Great.

ANNE What time?

SARAH We eat at about one-o-clock. So about twelve-thirty? I’ll show you the house.

ANNE Okay. Thankyou

SARAH I’ll get my brother to pick you up.

ANNE No that’s okay. I’ll get a taxi.

SARAH Alright then. That’s settled!

Episode 8. This is my brother


1. Paying - 2. Rooms - 3. Possessive Pronouns - 4. Relations & Family

ANNE goes to SARAH’s house for lunch.
ANNE arrives in a taxi.

TAXI-DRIVER Here we are.

ANNE How much is that?

TAXI-DRIVER That’ll be seventeen-fifty thanks love.
She gives him twenty dollars

ANNE Keep the change.

TAXI-DRIVER Thankyou. Have a nice day.
ANNE walks towards the house and knocks.
The door is opened by a little girl (LOUISE).

ANNE Hello. I’m Anne.
Louise turns and runs.

SARAH comes to the door.

SARAH Come in Anne!

ANNE What a beautiful house!

SARAH It’s been a lot of work, but we’re getting there. This is the bathroom. This is my daughter’s bedroom. And here’s the kitchen.
Louise is in the kitchen ‘helping’.

SARAH Anne’s here. You’ve met my daughter Louise.

ANNE Hello Louise.

LOUISE I’m helping.

ANNE Yes, I see…

SARAH And my husband Mark.

ANNE Hello again.
Mark pretends to have a pain in the back.

ANNE Ooh! Sorry about my heavy bag.

MARK Just kidding.

SARAH But you haven’t met my little brother. This is Steve.

STEVE I was going to pick you up this morning. You wouldn’t let me.

ANNE I’m sorry. I like to find my own way around.

STEVE No worries. Maybe another time.

ANNE Yes, maybe

SARAH Come on. Let’s go outside.

Episode 9. The most beautiful city


1. Comparing Two Things - 2. Liking / Not Likings - 3. Would Like To

They have lunch and talk about differences.

STEVE So Anne, have you been to an Australian home before?

ANNE No, never. It's a beautiful home Sarah. So big! The rooms are much bigger than at home. There's more space here.

STEVE Do you live in a house?

MARK No Steve – she lives in an igloo.

ANNE Actually, no. We live in an apartment. Most people do. Singapore is much busier than Adelaide, and more crowded.

STEVE Yeah, and more exciting. It's so boring here.

SARAH It's quieter. Some people like that.

ANNE I don't think it's boring.

MARK Adelaide is a very beautiful city. It's a better place to live than anywhere else I've been.

SARAH But you haven't been anywhere. (to ANNE) Mark hates travelling. I love it.

MARK I just don't see the point of it.

ANNE What about you Steve? Do you like to travel?

STEVE Yes. Yeah, I've been to Kula Lumpur, and to Bali. Bali's great!

LOUISE I've been to the zoo!
They laugh. ANNE smiles

ANNE You're lucky. I haven't been to the zoo. I'd love to go to the zoo.

STEVE I'll take you!
There are raised eyebrows at the table.

Episode 10. What's the matter?


1. Apologising - 2. Showing Concern - 3.Present Perfect - 4. Past Participle - 5. Agreeing & Disagreeing - 6. For, Since, Ago

ANNE finds out SARAH’s secret mission.

SARAH I’m sorry about my brother.

ANNE Not at all. You have a lovely family. Everyone seems so happy.
ANNE breaks down in tears. SARAH goes to her, concerned.

SARAH Anne! What’s the matter?

ANNE There’s something I haven’t told you.

SARAH What is it?

ANNE When I met your brother, I was thinking about my brother, David. I haven’t seen him in two years.

SARAH How come?

ANNE He’s missing. One reason I came to Australia is to find him.

SARAH I’m so sorry. Have you had any luck?

ANNE Not yet. I’ve hired a private investigator.

SARAH Goodness! Do you think he’ll find him?

Perhaps. I don’t know. It’s been a long time since David last called.

SARAH What do you think’s happened to him? Have you any idea?

ANNE I really don’t know. I can’t help thinking the worst.

SARAH I’m sure he’s alright. If something bad had happened, you would have heard.

ANNE I guess so. I suppose you’re right.
But ANNE doesn’t look convinced.

Episode 11. Let me Help


1. Offering help - 2. Adjectives - 3. Describing People - 4. A Bit, Very, Fairly, Quite

SARAH offers to help ANNE

SARAH Can I help you find your brother?

ANNE You’re very kind. But it’s not your problem.

SARAH I want to help. What can I do?

ANNE Well, maybe you could get some copies made of this photograph.
She shows SARAH the PHOTOGRAPH of her brother.

SARAH Sure. I’d love to. Anything.
She looks closely at the photograph.

SARAH He’s very good looking. Such a nice smile. Is he tall?

ANNE Fairly tall.

SARAH He looks very fit. Does he play a lot of sport?

ANNE No, he used to.

SARAH What does he do? Is he a student?

ANNE He’s not really academic. He’s clever, but he prefers to do things with his hands.

SARAH He sounds nice. I’m looking forward to meeting him.
ANNE smiles at the encouragement.

Episode 12. The day after tomorrow


1. Making Arrangements - 2. Shall - 3. Adjectival Numbers - 4. Dates - 5. At, On & In - 6. Fractions

ANNE and SARAH plan a meeting.
SARAH is working at her computer. ANNE knocks at the open door.

SARAH Come in Anne.

ANNE Good morning!

SARAH Good morning. Are you feeling better today?

ANNE Yes thank you.

SARAH What’s on the agenda?

ANNE I’m thinking about this trip to the wineries. I want to meet your main suppliers and talk to them about the market.

SARAH Great. They’ve been dying to meet you. When do you want to go?

ANNE As soon as possible. How about tomorrow?

SARAH I can’t tomorrow. I’ve got some other appointments. What about the day after tomorrow?

ANNE Yes, that’s good. It’s Monday today, so that will be Wednesday. What date is that?

SARAH The fifth of November.

ANNE Okay. What time shall we meet?

SARAH I’ll pick you up at nine o-clock.

ANNE Good. How many wineries do you think we’ll be able to see?

SARAH I’m not sure, four or five. Definitely our biggest suppliers, and maybe a few surprises.

ANNE I can’t wait. Will it take all day?

SARAH Most of the day. I’ll start ringing now, and let them know we have a very important client all the way from Singapore.

ANNE Thankyou. I’m looking forward to it.

SARAH Me too.

Episode 13. What are you doing tomorrow?


1. Telephone Requests - 2. Taking Telephone Calls - 3. Telephone Numbers - 4. Making A Date - 5. Present Continuous

STEVE makes a date with ANNE
STEVE is nervously fiddling with the phone. He starts ringing, then puts it down, then rings again.
At the hotel, the CLERK answers the phone.

CLERK Medina Hotel. Marie speaking. How may I help you?

STEVE Can I speak to Ms Anne Lee, please? I’m not sure what room she’s in.
The CLERK puts the call through.

CLERK I’ll put you through sir.
In her room, ANNE is looking through some wine catalogues. The PHONE rings.

ANNE Hello?

STEVE Hello. Anne? This is Steve Parker.

ANNE (puzzled)
Steve Parker?

STEVE Steve... Sarah’s brother. We met...

ANNE (surprised, but pleased)
Oh, Steve! Hello Steve.

STEVE Hi. What are you doing?

ANNE Oh, working. I’m planning a trip to the wineries later in the week.

STEVE Oh. When are you going?

ANNE Ah,Wednesday.

STEVE Oh, good. What are you doing tomorrow?

ANNE Nothing. Why?

STEVE Well I have the day off, and I was just wondering... well I was just wondering whether you wanted to go to a wildlife park... with me. You said you’d like to go to the zoo.

ANNE That’s right, I did. Yes, thankyou Steve, I’d love to go.

STEVE Alright! I’ll meet you in the foyer. Ten o’clock?

ANNE Okay, ten. I’ll see you then.

STEVE Great! Goodnight Anne.

ANNE Goodnight Steve.
She hangs up, pleased.

Episode 14. Are there some kangaroos?


1. The & A - 2. A & An - 3. Is There / Are There - 4. Sequence Words

ANNE and STEVE go to a Wildlife Park
ANNE and STEVE are buying tickets. STEVE pays for the tickets and gives her one.

STEVE Two, please. And a bag of food.

SHOP ASSISTANT There are your tickets. Have a nice day

ANNE How much do I owe you?

STEVE That’s okay. It’s my treat.

ANNE Thankyou. I’ll buy lunch. Is there somewhere to have lunch?

STEVE Of course. There’s a café just over there. What do you want to do first?

ANNE I really want to hold a koala. Is there a koala here?

STEVE Yes! It’s the most popular animal! We might have to queue though.

ANNE I don’t mind. What else is there? Are there some kangaroos?

STEVE Of course. There are lots.

ANNE And birds? I’ve heard Australian birds are amazing.

STEVE Don’t worry. You’ll get to see lots of birds.

ANNE What shall we do first?

STEVE Well, the kangaroos are just over there. And I think the birds are next, and next…

ANNE …we’ll cuddle a koala!

STEVE Sure! And after that?

ANNE After that, I’ll buy you lunch.

STEVE It’s a deal!
They head off into the park.

Episode 15. A big grey one


1. Describing Things - 2. Very, So & Such - 3. One, Some & Any

Steve and Anne explore the park.

ANNE Look at this big grey one

STEVE He’s massive. He has very, very strong arms and legs.

ANNE And a big strong tail.

STEVE Yeah. And ears. Very big ears

ANNE His fur looks very soft.

STEVE It feels soft on my hand

ANNE It’s got beautiful big brown eyes.
They walk around.

ANNE Oh, look at that little black and white one.

STEVE Oh yeah. I think that’s a willy wagtail. They’re very fast and they move around a lot.

ANNE It’s cute. It’s got such a long tail. Oh, look at that bird!

STEVE Oh, that’s a kingfisher

ANNE Oh, we have them in Singapore

STEVE Really?

ANNE Hmm. Look at its beautiful blue back.

STEVE Very colourful, isn’t it? There’s lots in Australia. Big ones and small ones. We have a very big one called a kookaburra. It has a very interesting laugh.
Anne cuddles a koala.

ANNE He’s so soft and cuddly.

STEVE Yeah, like me!

STEVE They’ve actually also got really sharp claws. See?

ANNE He’s so cute! Can I take him home?

STEVE I don’t think they’d be very happy about that.
Anne has a moment of sadness.

STEVE Oh, look at that one. What’s the matter?

ANNE Nothing… I’m just feeling a bit homesick.

STEVE Come on, let’s go and get something to eat.

Episode 16. What Would you Like?


1. Ordering Food - 2. Meals - 3. Have & Has - 4. Preferences

Anne and Steve have lunch.
ANNE and STEVE are at the counter getting some food.
The ASSISTANT is waiting for their order.

ASSISTANT What would you like?


ANNE Ummm…I’ll have a cheese and salad sandwich and a cappuccino thanks.

STEVE Do you have wine?

ASSISTANT No sir. We don’t serve alcohol. We have coffee, tea, soft drinks and juices.

STEVE Okay. I’d like a… orange juice and a pie with chips. Do you have sauce?

ASSISTANT Just help yourself. And I’ll bring the food when it’s ready.

STEVE Thankyou.
They eat their lunch at an outside table.

ANNE Is that good?

STEVE It’s delicious. You should try one. It’s real Aussie food.

ANNE Maybe one day. I don’t eat a lot of meat.

STEVE How’s your coffee?

ANNE It’s very good. Don’t you drink coffee?

STEVE Sometimes. I prefer tea. Or juice. So, was the koala the best?

ANNE Oh, definitely. The kangaroos were interesting too. I’ve never seen real ones before. And the birds are wonderful. I think I liked the birds the most. They’re so colourful, and so many different kinds. What about you? What did you like best?

STEVE Just being here.
He gives her a longing look.

Episode 17. I usually catch a bus


1. Talking About What You Do - 2. Getting To Work - 3. How Often? - 4. Possessive Apostrophe

ANNE and STEVE talk about their different lives.

STEVE Tell me about your life in Singapore. What do you do every day?

ANNE Well, I work in my father’s business, importing wines. I live with my family.

STEVE How do you get to work? Do you catch a bus?

ANNE Usually. Sometimes I go with my father in his car. What about you? What do you do?

STEVE I’m a builder. I build houses.

ANNE And how do you get to work?

STEVE I drive. I have to use my car for work. I never go by bus.

ANNE Do you enjoy it? Your work?

STEVE Mostly. It’s not easy, being a builder. But it’s outside. I prefer to work outside.

ANNE I never work outside. Occasionally I travel though – like now.

STEVE And what do you do on the weekend?

ANNE Sometimes I go shopping. Sometimes I go out.

STEVE Where do you go? Nightclubs?

ANNE Not really. Occasionally.

STEVE Who do you go with?

ANNE A bunch of friends.

STEVE Boy friend?

ANNE Not at the moment.
STEVE cheers up.

Episode 18. There's a message for you


1. Letter Writing - 2. Excuse Me, Sorry & Pardon - 3. Going To / Gunna - 4. Kids & Teenagers

ANNE returns to the hotel, to find a message.
ANNE and STEVE return to the hotel courtyard.

STEVE Did you have a good day?

ANNE Very much. Thankyou for taking me. How about you?

STEVE Of course.

ANNE Not too boring? You must have been there a hundred times.

STEVE Not since I was a kid. It was great.

ANNE Hmmm. Do you like Chinese food?

STEVE I love Chinese food.

ANNE I’m going to cook a Chinese meal for you and your family.

STEVE Really! That’ll be great. When?

ANNE Friday?

STEVE Fantastic. I’ll see you then.

ANNE Yes, bye.

STEVE goes, pleased with his day. ANNE goes to collect her key from the CLERK, who doesn’t notice her. She coughs.

ANNE Excuse me.

CLERK I’m sorry Ms Lee. I didn’t see you.

ANNE Could I have my key please?

CLERK Certainly. Here you are. Oh, and there’s a message for you.
ANNE opens the message and reads it. It’s from JOHN the private

Episode 19. I haven’t found him


1. Past Tense - 2. Pronouncing -ed - 3. Irregular Verbs - 4. Past Tense With Did & Didn’t - 5. Contractions

John tells Anne of his progress in finding her brother.
ANNE Have you found my brother?

JOHN Not yet. No. Not quite.

JOHN But I have found something.

ANNE What is it?

JOHN I went to the University. You said he was a student. I spoke to his professor, the head of the course he studied.

ANNE And what did he say? Does he know what happened?

JOHN Well, no. Not exactly. He didn’t know where your brother went. But he told me David had left the university. He stopped going to lectures.

ANNE When did he stop?

JOHN Oh, about a year ago. He didn’t tell anyone. But he left a letter with the Professor.

ANNE A letter! Have you got it? Where is it?

JOHN The professor has it. He wouldn’t give it to me because it was addressed to you. He left… ah, his card.

ANNE I’ll go and see him. Thankyou.

JOHN I found out something else.


JOHN Your brother had a girlfriend.

ANNE Really! He didn’t tell me. Who is she?

JOHN Well, I don’t know yet, but I’m sure I can find her. We’re closing in Ms Lee. Fear not.

ANNE Thankyou.

Episode 20. You walk sadly


1. Advice & Sympathy | 2. Saying How You Feel | 3. Hope Not | 4. Adverbs

ANNE catches a bus to the University.
Anne walks to the bus stop. An elderly lady waiting for the bus watches her walk up. Anne sits next to her.

ELDERLY LADY Hello dear. How are you?

ANNE Very well thankyou.

ELDERLY LADY Are you sure? Is anything wrong?

ANNE No, I’m fine.

ELDERLY LADY I watched you walking. You walk sadly. I’m old. I walk slowly. But you walk sadly.

ANNE Well I do have a problem.

ELDERLY LADY Not too serious I hope?

ANNE I don’t know. I hope not.

ELDERLY LADY Worrying doesn’t help, my dear. Think positively. It helps. Do something, take action. You’ll be alright.

ANNE I hope so. Thankyou.

ELDERLY LADY Where are you from dear?

ANNE Singapore.

ELDERLY LADY You speak English very well.

ANNE Thankyou. Sometimes when people speak very quickly I can’t understand.

ELDERLY LADY Don’t worry. I speak slowly.
A bus is coming. The elderly lady squints at it.

ELDERLY LADY And I see badly these days. What number bus is that, dear?

ANNE It’s one ninety.

ELDERLY LADY At last. It was nice talking to you.

ANNE You too.

Episode 21. Single trip or Daytrip?


1. Catching Buses & Trains | 2. How Questions

ANNE Does this bus go the University?

BUS DRIVER Yes miss.

ANNE How much is that?

BUS DRIVER Single or day trip?

ANNE Sorry?

BUS DRIVER Are you coming back today?


BUS DRIVER How long will you be at the university?

ANNE I’m not sure. An hour perhaps.

BUS DRIVER A single will do. You can use the same ticket to come back. That’s three dollars, please.

ANNE How far is it?

BUS DRIVER Not far. About four kilometres from here.

ANNE How many stops is it?

BUS DRIVER About ten.

ANNE Thankyou
She moves in and sits down.
The bus stops outside the university.

BUS DRIVER University! This is your stop miss.

ANNE Oh, thankyou. Where do I catch the bus to go back?

BUS DRIVER Just across the street. Over there.

ANNE How often do the buses come?

BUS DRIVER Every twenty minutes. You won’t have to wait long. It’s 10.30, the next one’s at 10.40, and then 11-o-clock.

ANNE Thanks. Goodbye.

BUS DRIVER Have a good day.

Episode 22. Look after yourself


1. Letter Writing | 2. Personal Pronouns | 3. Subject and Object Pronouns | 4. Reflexive Pronouns

ANNE sees the Professor.
ANNE reads a sign 'Adelaide University' She enters the university grounds.
She walks down a corridor and sees a sign on a door 'Professor GRAHAM Cornish' She knocks on the door.

GRAHAM I’m sorry to hear your brother’s gone missing, Miss Lee.

ANNE We’re all so worried. I’ve come to Adelaide to look for him. How long did he study here?

GRAHAM I’m not sure, er, two semesters.

ANNE Did he get good grades?

GRAHAM I’m afraid not. I don’t think computer science was the right direction for him.
ANNE The investigator, Mr Barbour said you have a letter, from David.

GRAHAM Ah, of course. It’s addressed to you. I told him I’d only give it to you in person.

DAVID Dear Anne, Please don’t look for me. I need to be by myself. I can’t study any more. Tell mum and dad to forget about me and take care of themselves. You too. Look after yourself. I’m sorry. Love, your brother David.
ANNE puts the letter down. Tears fill her eyes.
GRAHAM holds out a box of tissues.


Episode 23. If I were you


1. Giving Advice & Making Suggestions | 2. Have To, Must & Should Have | 3. Would & Will

The Professor advises ANNE on what to do next.


I don’t know what to do.

I think you should go to the police.

But he says I shouldn’t look for him.

Yes, well he might have felt that way then. But a year’s a long time. If I were you, I’d report your brother missing.

Should I tell my parents about the letter?

Your poor parents, they must be so worried. I think you should tell them what you know.

What if I can’t find him?

Have faith. I’m sure you will. You know your brother. You’ll find him.

I’ll show you out.
He shows her outside.

Well, good luck Ms Lee.

I don’t know what else to do.

Why don’t you advertise in the newspaper? Put a photograph of your brother there. Somebody might recognise him.

Good, I hadn’t thought of that.

My advice is, never give up.

Thankyou for your help.
She shakes his hand and walks away.

When you find your brother – say hello to him for me.

I will.

Episode 24. The Most Expensive Wine


1. Giving Opinions | 2. Using The Word Too | 3. Superlatives | 4. As good as

ANNE and SARAH are tasting wines. The WINEMAKER, TIM, is explaining the different varieties.

TIM These are our whites. Why don’t you try the Chardonnay first? It’s our best-selling wine.

SARAH Lovely.

ANNE Good fruit. Perhaps a little immature.

TIM Yes, it’s made from some of our youngest vines. It’s our most popular white at the moment. Try this Riesling.

ANNE Hmmm.

SARAH It’s very pale isn’t it?

TIM A lot of our customers are finding it very attractive.

ANNE It’s a bit too dry for our market. I think we’ll leave that one. But I like the Chardonnay. I think we can sell that.

TIM Excellent.

SARAH Let’s try the reds.

TIM Our reds are as good as any you’ll find around here.

ANNE What have we got here?

TIM This is our cabernet sauvignon. It’s very popular.

ANNE Mmmm. A bit too much fruit at this stage. I understand it wasn’t a good year for cabernet in this district.

TIM You know your wines, Miss Lee.

ANNE I try to be prepared. What’s your best red?

TIM This one. Our shiraz, and we think it’s world class.

SARAH It’s a lovely colour, deepest red.

ANNE What vintage is this?

TIM It’s three years old now. It’ll drink well for years yet, but you can drink
it right now too.

ANNE And what’s the price?

TIM Well, it’s our most expensive wine at fifty dollars retail.

ANNE I’ll think about it. It’s certainly got potential, but there are a lot of wines around in this class these days. You’ve got a lot of competition Tim!

TIM That’s for sure. But we can work out a special price for you, if you’re interested.

ANNE I’m definitely interested. This is very good. Sarah knows our requirements and pricing position, I’m sure you can work out something with her.

TIM I’m sure we can.

Episode 25. How many prawns?


1. Shopping | 2. Some & Any | 3. How Much & How Many | 4. A Few, Many & A Dozen

ANNE goes shopping at the Market.
ANNE waits at the counter of the fish shop.

ATTENDANT Who’s next please?

ANNE Could I have some prawns please?

ATTENDANT Fresh, frozen or cooked?

ANNE Frozen please.

ATTENDANT How much do you need?

ANNE About five hundred grams please.
He weighs and wraps the prawns.

ATTENDANT That’ll be ten dollars thankyou.

ANNE Thankyou

ATTENDANT 2 Can I help you?

ANNE Some of these leeks.

ATTENDANT 2 How many love?

ANNE Three.

ATTENDANT 2 Something else?

ANNE Some ginger.

ATTENDANT 2 Right there love.

ANNE Oh, right. Just this piece please.


ANNE Do you have any bean sprouts?

ATTENDANT 2 Yes we do. How much would you like?

ANNE About a hundred grams.

ATTENDANT 2 Will that be all?

ANNE Yes thanks.

ATTENDANT 2 That’ll be four dollars thanks.

ANNE Thankyou.
Through the crowd Anne sees a young man who looks familiar. Could it be David, her long-lost brother?

Episode 26. I thought I saw him


1. Chance Encounters | 2. I Thought… | 3. More Suggestions | 4. Places With At & In | 5. Prepositons Of Place

ANNE meets STEVE unexpectedly.

ANNE is trying to keep sight of the young man as she finishes buying her groceries. The young man turns away and she starts after him, but it is too hard to get through the crowd. She bumps into someone.

ANNE Sorry.

ANNE Steve!

STEVE Fancy running into you here! Where are you off to in such a hurry?

ANNE Oh, Nowhere… I, I thought I saw someone I know.

STEVE Oh. Where?

ANNE Oh, it’s okay. He’s gone now. I must’ve made a mistake.

STEVE You got time for a coffee?

ANNE Yeah,okay


STEVE How about here?

ANNE Fine.

STEVE So what are you doing at the market?

ANNE I’m cooking at your house on Friday, remember?

STEVE Of course, Friday. That’ll be great.

ANNE What about you? Do you come here often?
STEVE laughs

ANNE What’s funny?

STEVE When someone says, “Do you come here often”, it’s what we call a pick-up line. You know when someone’s trying…

ANNE I know what a pick-up line is.

STEVE Sorry. I come here every week to buy fruit. I like fresh fruit for work. What are we having for dinner?

ANNE You’ll find out on Friday.

WAITER What would you like?

STEVE Cappuccino.


STEVE And a tea please

WAITER Tea. No worries.

STEVE Do you want me to take your shopping home? I can put it in the fridge for you.

ANNE No, that’s okay, I have a fridge in my room at the hotel.

ANNE The person you saw. Who did you think it was?

ANNE It’s a long story. Maybe I’ll tell you later.

STEVE On Friday.

ANNE Maybe

Episode 27. It's made of gold


1. Possibilities | 2. Possibility In The Past | 3. Talking About Materials

ANNE sees JOHN and describes her brother’s possessions.
ANNE is sitting in JOHN’s office.

ANNE I thought I saw David at the market. But I didn’t get a very good look and I lost him in the crowd.

JOHN When was this?

ANNE Just yesterday.

JOHN How long since you’ve seen him?

ANNE Nearly two years.

JOHN Are you sure you’d recognise him now?

ANNE Of course! He’s my brother.

JOHN It’s just, I’m thinking he might have changed his appearance – if he didn’t want to be found.

ANNE Mr Barbour, I would recognise my brother. Believe me.

JOHN Of course. I’m sorry. Maybe you did see him at the market. It’s just you’ve been thinking about him a lot. The mind plays tricks, you know.

ANNE I suppose so. Maybe it wasn’t him. I don’t know.

JOHN Is there anything that would positively identify him? Jewellery, a scar, anything?

ANNE His watch. My father gave it to him. He always wears it.

JOHN Can you describe it?

ANNE It’s an old fashioned watch. An Omega. It was our grandfather’s

JOHN What’s the band made of?

ANNE Silver. And the watch has an inscription. It says ‘To my son Norman’

JOHN Norman?

ANNE That’s our father’s name. Grandfather gave it to him.

JOHN Aha! (writes) Norman.

ANNE In Chinese.

JOHN In Chinese.

ANNE He might have a neckband. I gave it to him as a going-away present.

JOHN What’s it like?

ANNE It’s made of tortoise-shell. It’s a disc with a design, like this.
She draws a ‘yin-yang’ design on a piece of paper.

JOHN Ah, Yin Yang.

ANNE That’s right. You know it. The band is made of leather. He said he’d always wear it.

JOHN Yes, well it’s not much, but it’s something I suppose. I’ll call you next week with some news.

ANNE I hope so.

Episode 28. You should relax


1. Seeing The Doctor | 2. Present Perfect Continuous Tense | 3. Preference

ANNE goes to the doctor.
ANNE enters the waiting room and approaches the RECEPTIONIST.

ANNE Excuse me. I have an appointment to see Doctor Chang at 2.30.

RECEPTIONIST And your name?

ANNE Lee. Anne Lee.

RECEPTIONIST Ms Lee. Yes, please take a seat. Doctor will see you soon.

ANNE Thankyou.
She takes a seat and leafs through magazines.

RECEPTIONIST Ms Lee? Doctor will see you now.

ANNE Thankyou.
ANNE enters the surgery.

DOCTOR CHANG So Ms Lee. How can I help you?

ANNE I’ve been getting some very bad headaches lately. And I feel tense.

DOCTOR CHANG When do you get them?

ANNE Usually at night, but sometimes in the morning too.

DOCTOR CHANG And have you been taking anything for them?


DOCTOR CHANG You look tense. Are you working too hard?

ANNE Not really. I’m over here from Singapore buying wine.

DOCTOR CHANG But something’s worrying you. Am I right?

ANNE Yes, I’m worried about my brother. He’s been missing for two years.

DOCTOR CHANG No wonder you’ve been getting headaches. Just let me give you a check up to make sure it’s nothing else.

DOCTOR CHANG Your blood pressure is a little high, but your heart is fine. I’m sure it’s the
worry about your brother that’s causing the headaches.

ANNE What can I do?

DOCTOR CHANG Try to relax and get some rest. Do you prefer Western or Chinese medicine?

ANNE I prefer Chinese medicine.

DOCTOR CHANG Here are some tablets. Take two, three times a day. And try not to worry about your brother. I’m sure you’ll find him soon.

ANNE Thankyou. I hope so.

Episode 29. Do you have a wok?


1. Some Useful Phrases | 2. Next To, Behind & In Front Of | 3. Attributes | 4. Enough

SARAH shows ANNE her kitchen
ANNE has her shopping in a bag. She puts it on the bench while SARAH shows her around the kitchen.

SARAH Are you feeling better now?

ANNE Yes, the Doctor said I should relax.

SARAH Why don’t you sit down? Let me cook.

ANNE No. I enjoy cooking. It is relaxing for me.

SARAH Okay then. Well, let me help. What do you need?

ANNE I need a sharp knife.

SARAH The knives are in this drawer.

ANNE And a wok. Do you have one?

SARAH Yes of course. It’s in this cupboard.

ANNE And do you have a …. Hmmm. I don’t know what it’s called. A kind of saucepan with holes in it.

SARAH A colander. It’s in here too. It’s behind the saucepan.

ANNE And I’ll need a bowl.

SARAH Large or small?

ANNE Big enough to hold these prawns.

SARAH Oh, yum, prawns. I love prawns. How about this one?
She holds up a very big bowl.

ANNE No, that’s too big. I don’t need one as big as that.

SARAH This one?

ANNE That’s perfect. Okay, I’m ready!

Episode 30. First, fry the prawns


1. Instructions/ Explaining What To Do | 2. Passive Voice | 3. Recipes

ANNE cooks a meal.

SARAH What are we having?

ANNE Singapore noodles with prawns. It’s a very famous dish. You can buy it at street stalls everywhere. I hope you like it.

SARAH I’m sure we will. So, what do we do first?

ANNE First we have to peel the prawns.

SARAH Okay. I’ll do that. Now what?

ANNE Now we’ll fry the prawns. The oil must be very hot. It doesn’t take very long. While I’m doing that, you can chop the leeks. Chop them very fine.
She fries the prawns, while SARAH chops the leeks.

SARAH Like this?

ANNE Yes. Sort of…
LATER… She has taken the prawns out of the wok…

SARAH Now what?

ANNE Next we add the spices, and some ginger, and the leeks.

SARAH Okay, and now?

ANNE Now the leeks are soft, we put in some bean sprouts, and then the prawns, and the noodles.

SARAH All in together? Is that all?

ANNE Almost. Lastly we add some of this special sauce. I didn’t think I’d be able to find this here. Your market’s very good. That’s it. We’re almost ready. I hope your family’s hungry.

Episode 31. See You Again


1. Thankyou For... | 2. Future Continuous | 3. Airport Terms | 4. Goodbye

ANNE, DAVID and his family fly home.

ANNE Well, I guess this is it. Sarah, thankyou so much for all your help, and for your kindness.

SARAH Please don’t mention it. And thankyou for trusting me to be your business partner.

ANNE And my friend. I’ll be thinking of you all the time.

DAVID I want to thank you too Sarah, for being so kind to my sister and looking after her so well. I’ll be thinking of you too.

SARAH Thankyou. It was great to meet you. And you too Rose. I hope everything goes well in Singapore.

ROSE I’m looking forward to meeting David’s parents. I hope they like me.

SARAH I’m sure they will. I’ll be expecting a postcard from you Anne, so you’d better send me one.

STEVE And I’ll be waiting for a postcard too.

ANNE I’ll be counting the days until you come to Singapore.

ANNOUNCEMENT Attention please! This is the final call for Singapore Airlines flight SQ452 direct to Singapore. Could all passengers for this flight go immediately to gate lounge 3.

ANNE Goodbye. See you soon.

SARAH Goodbye.

STEVE I’ll see you soon.

SARAH Goodbye ROSE. Good luck. And you too David.

SARAH / DAVID /SARAH Bye. Seeya. Bye.

JOHN Wait! I’ve found him. I’ve found your brother!

STEVE What. Another one?


Episode 32. He says he knows my brother


1. Reported Speech | 2. Who Or That | 3. Complex Sentences | 4. At , As, For & In |

DAVID tells ANNE what he knows.
STEVE is looking at the photo.

STEVE This is your brother?


STEVE I know this man!

ANNE You know him!

STEVE I’m sure it’s him. This is the man who works at the stall where I buy fruit.

ANNE I knew it! I knew it was him! We must go there now!

STEVE Hold on! Hold on! It’s ten o’clock at night. The Market’s closed. Let me have another look. How long since you’ve seen him?

ANNE Two years.

STEVE It’s him. I’m sure it’s him.
SARAH comes into the room.

SARAH What’s going on?

ANNE Steve says he knows my brother.


STEVE Well I think so…

ANNE He says David’s working at the Market.

STEVE That’s right.

ANNE My brother sells fruit for a living!

SARAH Steve, are you sure?

STEVE Yes. ANNE thinks she saw him.

SARAH Well the Market’s are open tomorrow. Let’s find out.

ANNE I can’t believe it. David, working at the Market.

Episode 33. Who Wants to Know?


1. Directions | 2. Present Perfect Continuous | 3. Present Perfect

ANNE, STEVE and SARAH look for DAVID at the Market stall.
STEVE leads them to the fruit and veg stall where ANNE thinks she saw DAVID.

ANNE He’s not here.

STEVE Give me the photo. I’ll ask.
ANNE gives him the photo and STEVE goes up to the FRUITSELLER.

STEVE Excuse me!


STEVE We’re looking for this man. He works here, doesn’t he?

FRUITSELLER Who wants to know?

STEVE This is his sister. She’s been looking for him.

FRUITSELLER Don’t know anything about a sister. He never mentioned a sister.

ANNE But it is him, isn’t it? Please say it’s him!

FRUITSELLER Yeah, well this does look like our Davo. Reckon it’s him, love.

ANNE Oh thankyou, thankyou! It’s David!

STEVE I knew it!
Turns to Fruitseller

STEVE So where is he?

FRUITSELLER Look I dunno, mate. He rang yesterday. Said he wanted a couple of days off. I said okay – he’s usually pretty good.

ANNE Do you know where he lives?

FRUITSELLER Hang on love, I’ll just get me book.

SARAH We’ll go there straight away.
Later, they are driving.

STEVE Straight ahead?

SARAH Yes, no, left at the next lights.

ANNE How far is it?

SARAH Not far. Keep going along this road until you get to a roundabout.
A police motorbike catches up with them and turns on its siren.

STEVE Uh oh.

SARAH What’s that?

STEVE It’s the cops.

Episode 34. You were going too fast


1. Past Continuous | 2. While, Who & When | 3. Using Tenses

SARAH, ANNE and STEVE get pulled over for speeding.
A policeman is following them on a motorbike.

ANNE What’s that?

STEVE It’s the cops!
They pull over, and the policeman approaches.

POLICEMAN Can I see your licence please?

STEVE Here you are. I’m sorry officer, what’s the problem?

POLICEMAN I’m afraid you were travelling at seventy kilometres per hour in a sixty kilometre zone. Also, I see you have a passenger in the back seat who was not wearing a seat belt. Do you know that you must wear a seat belt when you’re travelling in a vehicle, ma’am?

SARAH I’m sorry. I forgot. You see officer, my friend here has been looking for her brother who she hasn’t seen for two years, and we’ve just discovered the address.

STEVE We were driving there when you pulled us over.

POLICEMAN Yes, well, you hear a lot of stories in this job. I haven’t heard that one before.

SARAH But it’s true!

ANNE I’m really sorry. It’s all my fault. I was only thinking about my brother, and now you’re in trouble.

STEVE It’s okay Anne. It was my fault we were going too fast.

POLICEMAN Look, just stick to the speed limit, okay?

STEVE Thankyou officer. Thankyou so much.

POLICEMAN But that’s no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt. Right now be off with you. I hope they find your brother, ma’am.

STEVE Thanks officer.

Episode 35. This is the house


1. Introductions | 2. Asking For Help | 3. I Have Been... | 4. Feelings And Emotions | 5. You’d Better

They arrive at DAVID’s house

SARAH Where did you say it was?

This is it. Barker Street. We’re looking for number 57.
The car pulls up outside the house.

ANNE What am I gunna say to him?

SARAH It’ll be fine. He’s your brother.

STEVE So. Who’s going to knock?

ANNE I guess I will. I’m so nervous.

SARAH Don’t worry. We’ll be here.
ANNE walks up to the front door and knocks. A WOMAN (ROSE) comes to the front door.

ROSE Hello.

ANNE Hello. I wonder… er, I’m sorry to bother you. I’m looking for…it’s very hard to explain.

ROSE Perhaps my partner can help you. David!
ANNE is shocked. DAVID comes to the door and recognises his sister.


ANNE David!

DAVID It’s so good to see you. I’m so ashamed. I’ve been so selfish.

ANNE I’m so glad you’re alright. I’ve been so worried.
ROSE is looking confused and a little worried.

DAVID Rose – this is my sister Anne.

ROSE Your sister!

DAVID Anne – this is my er… girlfriend, Rose..

ROSE You’d better come in.

Episode 36. This is your nephew


1. Introductions | 2. Relative Pronouns | 3. Relatives

ANNE meets her brother’s family

ROSE You’d better come in.

ROSE You didn’t tell me you had a sister.
(Turning to the others)
David hasn’t told me very much about his family.

DAVID I’m so sorry. Anne, I feel very bad about not contacting you.

ANNE I just can’t believe it. I was looking for you, thinking that something terrible must have happened and here you are playing house!

DAVID There’s someone you should meet.
He takes ANNE to a corner of the room where there is a crib with a cover over it. He folds back the cover. There is a baby there.

DAVID This is our son, Sam. Sam, meet your Aunt Anne.

ANNE David! My little brother – a father! He’s beautiful! David, why didn’t you tell me about Rose. Why didn’t you tell me you were a father?

ROSE I think I would like to know that too.

ANNE I would have come and helped you.

DAVID It’s hard to explain.

ANNE I have some friends outside who helped me find you. I think you need to tell us all what happened.

ROSE I’ll go and get them.
DAVID picks SAM up out of his crib, and passes him to ANNE.

ANNE I’m an aunt!
ROSE comes in with the others.

ANNE Sarah, Steve. This is my brother David and his partner, Rose. And this is my nephew Sam.

SARAH He’s gorgeous!

I know you. You…

STEVE …shop at your stall. Yeah.

DAVID Green apples. He always wants green apples.

STEVE That’s right. You have a good memory David.

ROSE I think you’d better all sit down.

Episode 37. I had to find a job


1. Past Tenses | 2. Have | 3. Success & Failure

DAVID tells his story

ANNE What happened? Why did you stop writing?

DAVID I started my course at University. It was very difficult. Computer science isn’t for me.

ANNE Did you fail your exams?

DAVID Yes. I let everyone down. I just wanted to die. Dad must be so angry.

ANNE He’s just worried about you, David.

DAVID I didn’t know what to do. I was so confused. I had to find a job. I couldn’t use father’s money any more. So, I applied for a job at the Markets. Phil was very kind. He agreed to give me a job if I could get a working visa.

ANNE How did you?

DAVID I went home and applied for it.

ANNE You mean you went back to Singapore?

DAVID Yes. I was too ashamed to see anyone. I’m such a failure.
ROSE takes David’s hand.

ROSE I don’t think you’re a failure.

DAVID Anyway, I returned here, and I started work. I met Rose, we moved in together, and, well, then Sam came along.

STEVE It’s an amazing story.

SARAH I think it’s wonderful.

DAVID Mum and dad won’t think it’s that wonderful.

ANNE They’ll be so relieved you’re safe. We didn’t know what to think, David.

Episode 38. You Should Ring Your Parents


1. Can't I...? | 2. Should Have, Could Have & Ought To | 3. Persuading

They discuss what DAVID should do.

ANNE They’ll be so relieved you’re safe. We didn’t know what to think, David.

DAVID Can’t I just disappear? You can pretend I don’t exist.

ANNE You should have told me. I could have helped. Didn’t you realise we’d come and look for you?

DAVID I just couldn’t face Dad.

ANNE You could have told your sister.

DAVID I ought to have told you Anne. I should have trusted you. I’m so sorry.

ANNE He’s so beautiful David. You can’t keep him from Mum and Dad.

ROSE They’re your flesh and blood, David. They’re Sam’s grandparents. Don’t you think they’ll want to see him? Don’t you think I want to meet your parents?

ANNE Rose is right David. Mum and Dad so much want to be grandparents.

DAVID But not like this!

STEVE Your secret’s out now.

SARAH Steve!

ANNE It’s alright Sarah. Steve’s right. I think David knows what he has to do.

DAVID What do you suggest?

DAVID Hello Mum. It’s me, David. Yeah, I’m Okay, I’m alright. Anne found me. Yeah, I’m working. Look, I’m so sorry that I didn’t call you. Can you forgive me? Yeah okay, alright. I love you too. Yeah, Alright. Mum’s crying. She’s gone to get Dad. He’s going to be so angry. Hello dad?

Episode 39. How could you?


1. How Could You? | 2. Apologising | 3. I Thought You Would... | 4. Need & Want | 5. Partner

DAVID talks to his father.

DAVID Hello Dad? It’s me, David.

NORMAN Do you realise how worried we’ve been?

DAVID (V.O.) Yes, I…

NORMAN You’re our son! How could you do this to us?

DAVID I’m sorry for causing you so much worry dad. I thought you would be angry. That’s why I didn’t tell you I couldn’t study any more.

NORMAN Of course I’m angry. Your mother has been sick with worry. But you didn’t have to disappear. What have you been doing all this time?

DAVID I’ve been working. I work at the market. I’m going to be a partner in the business soon. And Dad…there’s something else. I’m with someone. And we have a baby boy (silence) Dad…? Are you still there?

NORMAN Did you say you were married?

DAVID Not exactly. I have a partner. Her name is Rose. And we have a son. Your grandson. Dad?

NORMAN I’m here David. There’s too much to think about. I want you to come home.


NORMAN No buts. You need to come home. Bring her. Bring Rose and our grandson. Your mother and I love you, and we want to see you. We want to meet your family.

Episode 40. He said he loved me


1. What Did...? | 2. Reported Speech | 3. As Soon As Possible | 4. Inflection / Stress

DAVID reports his conversation to the others.

DAVID Goodbye. I’ll see you soon. Yeah, I promise. I love you too.

SARAH Well? What did they say?

DAVID My mother said she was glad that I’m okay. She said she was happy to hear my voice. She told me that she’s been very worried.

ANNE What about dad? What did he say?

DAVID He said he was very angry, but that he forgives me, and he told me that he loves me.

ANNE Of course he loves you. He’s your father!

ROSE Did he say anything else?

DAVID Yes, he asked me to go home. He said they want to see us.

ROSE All of us?

DAVID Yes. They want to meet you. And Sam. They asked us to go to Singapore.

ROSE But we can’t afford it.

DAVID He’s sending us tickets.

ANNE Of course he is. He loves you, David. We all do. And now there is Rose and Sam too.

ROSE I’d love to meet your parents David. And Sam wants to meet his grandparents. They’re our family

DAVID I’m so sorry.

ROSE It’s okay. It’s all out now. We’ll go as soon as possible.

ANNE You can come with me.

STEVE What about me? Can I come too?

SARAH You’re not family, Steve.

Episode 41. If I like you


1. Hopes For The Future | 2. If

ANNE and SARAH, and STEVE and ANNE discuss the future.

SARAH Well, you found your brother, you’ve ordered your wine, and tomorrow you’re going home.

ANNE Yes, Sarah, thank you for everything.

SARAH But you’ll come back, won’t you?

ANNE Yes, if the wine sells well, I’ll be back soon. I feel as if I have a second family here.

SARAH I’d love to come and see you in Singapore.

ANNE Oh yes! I’ll show you around. And you must meet my parents. That’d be great.

SARAH Well, if our business goes well, I’ll be able to afford it.

ANNE There’s no ‘ifs’ about it. You’re a very good agent. I’m so happy you’re my buyer here.

STEVEIf you like, I’ll come to Singapore with Sarah.

ANNE I’d like that very much. You can meet my parents too.

STEVE Do you think they’ll like me?

ANNE Of course they’ll like you. If I like you, they’ll like you.

SARAH I think I’d better leave you two alone. Ring me if you need help with packing.

STEVE I’ve only just met you. And now you’re leaving.

ANNE But I’ll come back. If you want me to.

Episode 42. See You Again

Episode 42. See You Again


1. Thankyou For... | 2. Future Continuous | 3. Airport Terms | 4. Goodbye

ANNE, DAVID and his family fly home.

ANNE Well, I guess this is it. Sarah, thankyou so much for all your help, and for your kindness.

SARAH Please don’t mention it. And thankyou for trusting me to be your business partner.

ANNE And my friend. I’ll be thinking of you all the time.

DAVID I want to thank you too Sarah, for being so kind to my sister and looking after her so well. I’ll be thinking of you too.

SARAH Thankyou. It was great to meet you. And you too Rose. I hope everything goes well in Singapore.

ROSE I’m looking forward to meeting David’s parents. I hope they like me.

SARAH I’m sure they will. I’ll be expecting a postcard from you Anne, so you’d better send me one.

STEVE And I’ll be waiting for a postcard too.

ANNE I’ll be counting the days until you come to Singapore.

ANNOUNCEMENT Attention please! This is the final call for Singapore Airlines flight SQ452 direct to Singapore. Could all passengers for this flight go immediately to gate lounge 3.

ANNE Goodbye. See you soon.

SARAH Goodbye.

STEVE I’ll see you soon.

SARAH Goodbye ROSE. Good luck. And you too David.

SARAH / DAVID /SARAH Bye. Seeya. Bye.

JOHN Wait! I’ve found him. I’ve found your brother!

STEVE What. Another one?


Episode 1 - Pleased to Meet You

Episode 1 - Pleased to Meet You
In this episode you can learn how to make introductions in a business setting.

(tải về)
Từ vựng

sale (n)
1. (dt) việc bán hàng
We made only two sales in the shop yesterday.
2. (dt) việc bán
(no plural) selling a certain thing
representative (n)
1. (dt) người đại biểu, người đại diện
someone who represents someone else

expand (v)
1. (đt) mở rộng, trải ra
become bigger

rapidly (adv)
1. (tr) nhanh chóng, mau lẹ

specialize (v)
1. (đt) chuyên về; chuyên doanh; nổi tiếng về...
carry a certain kind of product
This shop specializes in fancy foods.
2. (đt) chuyên về; có chuyên môn về; trở thành chuyên gia về...
be an expert in something

CEO (abbr) Chief Executive Officer: Giám đốc điều hành
1. (vt) người lãnh đạo cao nhất trong một công ty hoặc một tổ chức, chịu trách nhiệm thực hiện hàng ngày các chính sách của Hội đồng quản trị

sales manager (n)
1. (dt) người quản lý các nhân viên bán hàng
the person in charge of other salespeople.

Waiter hands drink to Victor.

VICTOR: Thankyou very much

SAM: Hello, I don’t think we’ve met. Sam Eriks.

VICTOR: Victor Tang. Pleased to meet you.

SAM: And what company are you from Mr Tang?

VICTOR: OceanWide. I’m the sales representative for this region.

SAM: Ah yes. I know your company. Your business is expanding very rapidly at the moment.

VICTOR: Yes, we’re doing quite well. And yourself? Who do you work for?

Actually I work for myself. I’m the C.E.O. of a small export and packaging company. We specialise in seafood.

VICTOR: It’s a growing market.

SAM: Yes, but a very competitive one Mr Tang.

VICTOR: Please call me Victor.

SAM: Sam. Victor, let me introduce you to someone. Lin – this is Victor Tang – he’s the regional rep. for OceanWide. This is Lin Chan, my sales manager.

LIN: How do you do Mr Tang?

VICTOR: I’m very well thankyou. Nice to meet you Ms Chan.

LIN: And you.

VICTOR: Can I get you another drink?

LIN: Thankyou.

Let's look at introductions. First – how did Sam introduce himself to Victor – who he didn't know?

Hello, I dont think we've met.
Sam Eriks.

Victor Tang.
Pleased to meet you.

Sam said hello. We can say hello in most situations. He also said I don't think we've met. This is a good phrase to use if you want to meet someone new. Practise saying Hello, I don't think we've met, and then say your name.

Hello. I don't think we've met…
(your name)
Victor Tang.
Pleased to meet you.

Victor replied by saying his name and pleased to meet you. Pleased to meet you is a good formal greeting for most situations. After Sam introduces himself, say your name, and 'pleased to meet you'.

Hello, I don't think we've met.
Sam Eriks.
(your name)
Pleased to meet you.

And the Western tradition is to shake hands when you meet someone. Usually, when we first meet someone in a business situation, we want to find out what they do - what their job, or position is. Let's see how Victor and Sam do this.

And what company are you from Mr Tang?

OceanWide. I'm the sales representative for this region.
Ah yes. I know your company.
Your business is expanding very rapidly at the moment.

Yes, we're doing quite well.
And yourself? Who do you work for?

Actually I work for myself. I'm the C.E.O. of a small export and packaging company. We specialise in seafood.

Sam asks and what company are you from? There are a few different ways you could ask this question: Let's try some of them:

What company are you from?

Which company do you represent?

What's your line of business?

Now you try answering Sam's question with your own answer, saying what company you are from...
And what company are you from?

I'm from ......
Ah yes, I know that company.

And you can be more specific by asking about someone's job. Practise these...

And what's your position there?

And what do you do there?

Position means the same as job, but it's a more formal term. Listen to how both Sam and Victor describe their positions:

I'm the sales representative for this region.

I'm the C.E.O. of a small export and packaging company.

We describe our job by saying I am or I'm and then naming the position. Notice that Sam says he is the C.E.O. or Chief Executive Officer of his company. When someone asks who you work for, it can be useful to also tell them what your job is. When meeting someone, it helps them if you offer information before they ask. This makes the conversation more relaxed. Now Sam is going to ask you who you work for and what your position is - answer his questions with your own answers:

And what company are you from?
I’m from ......
Ah yes, I know that company.
And what’s your position there?
I’m the ......
Oh really. That's interesting.

Now, the business of names. Should we use formal titles, such as Mr, Mrs or Ms, or should we use informal, more familiar names. Let's see how Victor solves this problem:

It's a growing market.

Yes, but a very competitive one Mr Tang.

Please call me Victor.


Sam uses Victor's formal title - Mr Tang. But Victor says Please call me Victor. Now that they have met, it's more comfortable for them to use each other's first names - at least in this less formal situation. Practise saying Please call me, and your first name after Sam's statement.

Yes, but a very competitive one Mr Tang.
Please call me ......

Sam introduces Victor to someone else. Let's watch how he does this.

Victor, let me introduce you to someone.

Lin - this is Victor Tang - he's the regional rep. for OceanWide.

This is Lin Chan, my sales manager.

How do you do Mr Tang?

I'm very well thankyou.
Nice to meet you Ms Chan.

Sam says let me introduce you to someone. This is a very useful phrase. Practise saying it after Sam:

Let me introduce you to someone.

When Sam introduces Lin, he has four pieces of information. Listen carefully to what they are:

This is Victor Tang – he’s the regional rep. for OceanWide.

This is Lin Chan, my sales manager.

Did you hear the four parts of Sam's introduction?

First, he told Lin Victor's full name. Second, he told her what Victor's position was and his company name. Third, he introduced Lin using her full name, and finally he told Victor what Lin's job was. This way both Victor and Lin know enough about each other to start a conversation. When introducing people at a function, it's important to try to make them feel comfortable.

Finally, listen again to how Lin and Victor greet each other:

How do you do Mr Tang?

I'm very well thankyou.
Nice to meet you Ms Chan.

And you.

Lin uses the phrase how do you do. Practise this phrase:

How do you do?
I'm very well thankyou.

How do you do is another formal phrase for introductions. Victor replies with a formal phrase too I'm very well thankyou. Practise this after Lin's question.

How do you do Mr Tang?
I'm very well thankyou.

If someone says How do you do? or How are you? we usually say I'm very well thankyou. And we could ask them how they are, by saying How do you do? or How are you?

Let's review some of the phrases we've learnt today, for introducing yourself and other people. Practise the phrases with our characters Sam, Victor and Lin.

Hello, I don't think we've met.

And what company are you from?

Let me introduce you to someone.

This is Lin Chan, my sales manager.

Pleased to meet you.

Who do you work for?

Please call me Victor.

I'm very well thankyou.

How do you do Mr Tang?

Nice to meet you.

Remember, when meeting people, tell them something about yourself before being asked.

When you ask people questions about themselves in English, use a falling tone - it sounds friendlier. Instead of Who do you work for? (upward inflection)
Who do you work for? (downward inflection)

And when introducing a colleague, or someone you've met, use the full names of both people, and their positions.

And that's all for today on The Business of English. I'll see you next time.