Do the vocabulary activity below before you listen. Then listen to the episode and do the first two tasks to check your understanding. Finally, practise some vocabulary and grammar in Tasks 3 and 4. You can read the transcript at any stage if you want.
Listen to the audio
Choose the correct word(s) to complete each sentence.
Olivia: Joe! Can you stop that please! Can you please come here and sit down!
Magda: Hello there, Olivia. Who’s this?
Olivia: This is Joe – he’s my nephew.
Olivia: My sister’s son.
Magda: Oh! I see. He’s lovely! I love children…
Olivia: Yeah, they’re great until you have to look after them…
Magda: You’re looking after him?
Olivia: Yeah, just for today, fortunately. My sister can’t get a babysitter. But Joe comes to my shop quite often. He loves it there…unfortunately!
Magda: Why’s that ‘unfortunate’?
Olivia: Because he’s a pest, that’s why…
Magda: What’s a ‘pest’?
Olivia: Somebody or something which makes you angry…
Magda: No!! I don’t believe it! He’s so sweet! How old is he?
Olivia: Four, nearly five.
Fadi: Whoooaaaa! Slow down there, little man! Who’s this?
Olivia: Fadi, meet Joe.
Magda: He’s Olivia’s nephew. And a sweet little pest!
Fadi: Oh really! I didn’t know you were Aunt Olivia!
Olivia: Thank you very much Fadi. You make me feel old. Listen, have you had a chat with Harry yet?
Fadi: About work?
Fadi: No, not yet, but I’m supposed to talk to him today. He said he’d be in here later.
Olivia: Listen, though, it’s not true what Harry was saying…
Fadi: About what?
Olivia: About me being upset if he can’t do the website for my shop…I don’t mind if he can’t do it! He wanted far too much money. I could never have afforded it. Now it’s ok, because he thinks he’s turning me down…I don’t have to offend him by saying ‘no’! A happy result all round!
Fadi: I see…so I don’t have to bail you out, after all?
Olivia: Joe, can you stop that please? Come over here!
Fadi: …and here he is!
Harry: Alright mate! Alright Olivia, Magda…who’s this young man?
Olivia: My nephew, Joe.
Harry: Hello Joe!
Harry: He’s very…erm…what’s the word…energetic?
Olivia: I just call him “trouble”!
Harry: So, Fadi, you wanted to talk business?
Fadi: Yeah, finally…well, I’ve got the all clear from my uncle, so we’re on.
Harry: There’s always a “but”!
Fadi: You’re going to have to do us a favour and come down on the price, mate…
Harry: What price did I quote you?
Fadi: Two thousand five hundred.
Harry: Well, seeing as you’re a friend, I could come down to two thousand four hundred, but not less than that.
Fadi: We can offer two thousand. That’s our top limit. We don’t have a bigger budget than that.
Harry: Come on! You’re joking!
Fadi: Sorry mate. It’s two thousand, or nothing.
Harry: No way. Can’t be done. I’ve got to go now…got to go and see Johnny – he’s offered me a real job…bye all!
Fadi: Oh no, do you think he’s really upset now?
Olivia: I don’t think “upset” is the word….
Fadi: We can go a bit higher actually…I was just trying to be a tough negotiator.
Magda: A bit too tough, I think.
Olivia: You should never mix work and friendship, anyway.
Magda: And you probably shouldn’t have a business meeting in a café!
Fadi: Oh no. What a mess. I’d better go. Hang on..where’s my…where are my….I can’t find my mobile! Or my keys! Has anyone seen them?
Magda: Let’s look under the seats…they must be here somewhere…
Fadi: I can’t see anything.
Magda: No sign.
Olivia: How strange…hang on a minute, my nephew’s been terribly quiet for the last five minutes…what’s he up to…Joe!!!