Big City Small World Part 3

Magda will finish her degree soon and wants to work in London as an architect.‘I’ll be rich in 3 years!’ Johnny has a vision of where he will be going! Interview advice from poor Johnny the injured footballer.

Episode 7: Cheer up! Episode 8: I’ll Be Rich In Three Years! Episode 9: Aaagghhh…My Injured Leg!

Hello and welcome to Big City Small World brought to you by the British Council.
Episode 7: Cheer up!
Fadi: Morning Olivia!
Olivia: Hello there!
Fadi: Do you live here?
Olivia: How do you mean?
Fadi: It’s just that every time I come in here, you’re here.. it’s like you live here or something..
Olivia: Just taking a break that’s all..
Fadi: You’re always taking a break.
Olivia: Well my shop’s next door, so it’s so easy just to pop in here when things are quiet..
Fadi: Where’s the little thief today?
Olivia: Who? Oh! You mean my little nephew Joe..
Fadi: Exactly..the sweet little pest!
Olivia: He’s with his mum, my sister, today, you’ll be relieved to know.
Fadi: Has Harry been in today?
Olivia: He dropped by the shop before. Said he might pop in here later for a coffee.
Fadi: I think he’s angry with me, perhaps I should avoid him for a bit.
Olivia: Why’s he angry with you?
Fadi: Oh, you know, we argued about money – he was going to do that job for me..
Olivia: Oh yeah, but don’t worry. I’m sure he’s not really angry. And even if he is, he’ll soon forget it. You know what he’s like!
Fadi: Yeah, I guess so. I’ll just let it drop.
Fadi and Olivia: Hi there!
Sarah and Magda: Hello
Fadi: Cheer up! What’s up with you two?
Sarah: Just the usual..
Olivia: How’s the flat-hunting going Sarah?
Sarah: Still nothing. I really need somewhere to live. I’m getting desperate. I’ll end up homeless if things don’t get better!
Olivia: Oh come on, it’s not that bad..
Sarah: No, of course it’s not,’s so difficult to find a place..
Fadi: I’m glad you showed up – I wanted to talk to you about that..
Sarah: Oh yeah?
Fadi: Yeah – I’ve heard of something that might interest you..
Sarah: Great! What is it?
Fadi: A cousin of mine has a spare room in his house.
Olivia: A cousin of many people are there in your family..?
Fadi: A lot!
Sarah: That sounds good..can I look at the flat?
Fadi: I’ll call him now.
Olivia: Are you sure about moving in there?
Sarah: Look, I really need a place, urgently, and it’ll be ok, I’m sure..
Olivia: Lots of opportunities to see Fadi…
Sarah: You are such a terrible gossip!
Johnny: There’s Fadi, always stuck to that phone, always working.. or perhaps it’s girls!
Olivia: Actually, he’s helping Sarah to find a flat.
Johnny: Oh. Ok. Good. Well hello! What’s up? Why does everyone look so glum here?
Sarah: I’m still trying to find a flat..
Magda: And I finish my degree soon, which means I have to get a job, or go back to Poland.
Johnny: And you want to stay here in London?
Magda: Yeah, but it’s so difficult to get a job.
Olivia: That’s not true, there are lots of jobs around..
Magda: Yes, but I don’t want to just work in a bar or a café or a shop..
Olivia: Oh thanks!
Magda: Sorry! I know you work in a shop, but.. that’s different.. it’s your own shop, and you sell such special things, those lovely handmade shoes! But usually, you know, shopwork isn’t great..
Olivia: Tell me about it..
Sarah: But you’ll be a trained architect, won’t you?
Magda: Yes, exactly.. but it’s not easy to get work as an architect. There’s a lot of competition here in London
Johnny: You should go to China.. lots of opportunities there right now, lots of building.
Fadi: Listen, Sarah, I spoke to my cousin and we can go round to have a look at the flat this afternoon if you like..
Sarah: “We”?
Fadi: Well, I’ll go with you, show you where it is..
Sarah: Erm, ok..Thanks!
Olivia: Told you so!
Magda: Well you might have solved your problem then.. but I might not be here much longer!
Episode 8: I’ll Be Rich In Three Years!
Magda: So, did you see the flat?
Sarah: Yeah, it’s great.. really spacious, really light, good location near a tube station – and not too expensive!
Magda: Sounds perfect. There’s got to be a catch..
Sarah: Well, Fadi’s cousin is the owner..
Magda: That’s not a problem, is it?
Sarah:, I don’t think so..He seems ok..
Magda: You don’t sound sure..
Sarah: No, really, he’s ok. And I really need a new place!
Magda: So you think you’ll move in?
Sarah: Yeah, certainly. Already decided…I move in on Saturday!
Magda: Great!
Johnny: Hi!
Magda and Sarah: Hi there Johnny! Come and have a seat! How’s it going?
Johnny: Great thanks..just waiting for Harry.
Sarah: You two are hanging out together all the time at the moment..
Johnny: We’re good mates, we get on really well..
Magda: Isn’t Harry working for you as well now?
Johnny: No!!! He’s working with me, not for me..there’s a very big difference!
Magda: What’s that?
Johnny: Well, if he was working ‘for’ me, that means I’d be his boss! But he’s working ‘with’ me, which means that we work for the same company, that’s all.
Magda: I’m not sure I’d want to be in the same office as you and Harry! What do you do, talk about football all the time?
Johnny: No! We don’t even work in the same office!
Magda: Sorry, only joking.. I didn’t mean to be rude, but I think it’s a good idea to keep friends and work separate..
Sarah: Mmm, I agree..
Johnny: You could be right – but we don’t actually work together closely. It’s a big company you know, and Harry works on the IT side. I’m at the front of the operation – searching out opportunities, winning contracts, clinching deals..
Magda: Alright for you then!
Johnny: I’ll be rich in three years..
Magda: That’s what you always say! There are more important things in life than money, you know!
Sarah: Magda, don’t worry.. not all Chinese people are like that. We don’t only care about money!
Johnny: Maybe, but all I mean is, well, I know where I’m going..
Magda: Lucky you.. I wish I did.. I’m about to finish my degree and haven’t got anything lined up for the future yet..
Sarah: Oh dear..nothing at all?
Magda: Well, I’ve got an interview with a small architect’s practice next week..
Sarah: That’s great news! Well done!
Magda: Yeah.. but.. I’m really worried about it! I’ve never done a job interview before. Can you give me some advice?
Sarah: Erm..I guess I could help..I’ve done one or two interviews..
Johnny: I’ll tell you all you need to know! Don’t worry. Just listen to me, take my advice and you’ll definitely get the job!
Magda: Oh, er, well, great..
Johnny: But I can’t tell you to go..
Sarah: Where are you off to in such a hurry?
Johnny: Got an appointment with the boys, haven’t I? Fadi and Harry – we’re all playing football this evening. Bye!
Sarah: Bye!!
Episode 9: Aaagghhh…My Injured Leg!
Johnny: Oucchh!! Be careful!
Fadi: All right, all right..I’m’re heavy!
Harry: He’ll need his crutch..hang you go..ok..can you sit down now?
Johnny: Yeah..I think so.
Olivia: Oh my goodness!! What has happened?
Sarah: Johnny! What have you done to your leg?
Johnny: Sporting injury.
Sarah: Oh no! What happened?
Johnny: Well, we were playing and the boys..
Harry/Fadi: We were..that’s right..
Johnny: And I was Sun Jihai, from Manchester City..
Harry: I was Drogba, from Chelsea..
Fadi: And I was David Beckham, of course..
Sarah: So you were playing football, and Johnny got injured?
Harry/Johnny/Fadi: Ermm..
Olivia: Did someone kick him?
Fadi: No..
Sarah: Did he fall over?
Harry: Not exactly..
Olivia: Well what happened then?
Fadi: It wasn’t really a sporting injury..
Sarah: Go on!
Johnny: It was kind of a sporting injury..
Fadi: But we’d actually finished playing football..
Harry: And we decided to go to the pub for a drink..
Fadi: And as we were walking there..
Johnny: I slipped and fell over.
Olivia/Sarah: What???
Olivia: That’s ridiculous!
Sarah: That’s hilarious!
Johnny: Hmmpph. Thank you very much. Here comes Magda, at least she’ll give me some sympathy.. hi Magda!
Magda: Hi Johnny..oh dear! What happened to your leg?
Johnny: Long story..don’t really want to talk about it..
Olivia: Really Magda, it’s better if you don’t know.
Sarah: Just don’t ask! We’ll tell you later..don’t worry!
Magda: Erm, ok then.. sure.. listen, Johnny, I was hoping you were going to give me some interview advice.. do you remember? I have an important interview next week..
Johnny: Oh sure, yeah, I remember. Yes, good idea – I’ll give you some tips. It’ll help take my mind off this injury.. So, interviews, well, first thing – make sure you dress smartly.
Magda: How do you mean “smartly”?
Johnny: Well, wear a suit..a grey one..
Magda: A woman’s suit?
Johnny: know the kind of thing, skirt and a jacket..
Magda: Ok..
Sarah: Erm, I’m not sure that’s always right, though.. it depends on the company, surely.
Magda: How do you mean?
Sarah: Well, if you’re going to a company where everybody wears smart suits – like the kind of people Johnny works with – then, yeah, you should wear a suit. But if the company you’re applying to isn’t the kind of company where everyone wears suits all the time..
Olivia: Where people dress more casually..
Sarah: don’t want to look overdressed, too formal..
Magda: No, I guess not..
Olivia: You just need to look like you fit in!
Johnny: Yeah, that’s good advice. But you have to know first, and that’s the second thing I wanted to say – research the company! Find out as much about them as you can! Don’t let them ask all the questions..
Sarah: Yes, that’s right – they always give you a chance to ask a question, so ask an intelligent question!
Johnny: Just one or two questions are enough, no more than that.
Sarah: Yeah, to make you sound interested, and look interested..
Johnny: Precisely – look interested. Body language. It’s really important. Make sure you look the interviewers in the eyes…
Sarah: But don’t stare at them!
Magda: No.
Johnny: But show you’re confident, and you know what you’re talking about..
Magda: That’s the problem..I’m not sure that I do!
Johnny: Oh, and don’t be late for the interview! Plan to get there early.
Magda: So much advice, so much to think about.. it’s making me more nervous, not less!
Olivia: Oh dear..
Sarah: Don’t worry, that’s the important thing. Relax and enjoy it! What’s that?
Olivia: Oh, I forgot to tell you all – my nephew Joe is here again today..
Fadi: I remember Joe..he’s the little boy who’s always…. exactly!
Olivia: Joe! Slow down please! Joe! Please be careful!
Magda: He’s so sweet..
Johnny: He’s sweet as long as he doesn’t come near my.. aaaagghhhh!! my injured leg!!


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