There's more to London's art scene than just its world-famous galleries. Join Joe as he finds out about a new kind of gallery...

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to the Tasks and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Answer the comprehension question.

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Task 2

Answer the true/false questions about pop-up galleries.

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Task 3

Choose the best adjective to complete each sentence. Check the Transcript if you are not sure.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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"It’s better to have the paintings in a shop than to have them at home still." Am I wrong if y say: …in a shop than have them at home still - or - in a shop rather than have them ….. Then, could you please explain what the word "TO REKON" mean to me? Thank you

Hi apc,

Yes, all of the alternatives you suggest are correct. I couldn't find the word 'rekon' in the transcript or in the dictionary. Might it be 'reckon' or 'recon'? I expect it might be the first one, and you can find a definition and examples in the dictionary - see the search box on the right.

By the way, we're not generally able to answer more than one question per user each day. We are a small team with lots of work and millions of users who ask dozens of questions every day. As much as we'd like to be able to answer everyone's questions all the time, to be fair to the other users and to be able to maintain and add to the site, we just can't answer multiple questions from one user every day.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
If you don't mind please explain to me ,what does "Pop up "exactly means?

Hello jannetta,

A pop-up book is one in which the pictures stand up from the page when you open the book.  Pop-up galleries are the same idea, as you can see in the video.

You can use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search tool (on the right) to look up items such as this.  Just type the word into the search window and you will get a definition, examples, pronunciation information and more - it's a very useful tool.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello . could i ask two questions if you don't mind to explain them to me?  first(Big, traditional galleries take on less artists when times are tough) what does "time are tough" refer to? Does it refer to economic situation? second Question is that i can't understand the meaning of this sentence (there’s still a bit left to do.).  Thanks so much for your time and Help.
kind regards
littlemoon86

Hello littlemoon86,

Yes, that's correct: "times are tough" refers to a difficult economic situation, more specifically when galleries aren't selling as much as usual.

In "there's still a bit left to do", left is the past participle of the verb leave, here used with the meaning of remain (see the dictionary). When Ryan says this, we can see that there are many paintings that have not yet been hung on the wall. What he means is that there is still work that must be done before the gallery is ready to open.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! Could you please explain what else we can use instead of 'sort of' in this conversation "Yeah, it’s a very, sort of, you know, bright, colourful, in your face and it’s a good space to sort of go in."?

Hello Aung Thet Naing,

We could also say 'kind of' in this sentence; that and 'sort of' seem the most natural alternatives to me.

Best wishes,

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

hi 
   i need some tips about how to  improve 
speaking  please 

Hi ABODII,
This is a question which we are often asked, and my reply is always the same: the best thing you can do to improve speaking is to practise it.  Perhaps you can practise with a friend or family member who is also learning English, if you have one.  Even if you do not, remember that you can also practise by yourself.  Just talking to yourself at home can be a very effective way to develop fluency and build your confidence.  I know, because it is a method I use when I learn a foreign language!  Finally, you can use the transcripts that we have with our audio (and video) materials to practise speaking.  Try to speak after, or at the same time as, the speakers so you can get used to speaking at natural speed.  It isn't easy, but it can really help.
I hope those ideas are helpful.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

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