Ashlie and Stephen spend the day at the festival and Stephen meets a travelling theatre group.

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I enjoy watching this episode. And I wondering about this dialogue.

Stephen: I'm an expert at this. I've got my charcoal, all I need is dry sticks and a stone.
Ashlie: How about some matches?
Stephen: That's cheating.
Ashlie: But I'm really hungry!
Stephen: OK, OK.

I don't understand what they said. what's the intention of "How about some matches?", "That's cheating" ? I'm waiting for your help. thanks.

Hi silverwing,

Stephen suggests that he can start a fire using only some sticks and a stone, which is actually quite difficult to do. Ashlie finds it strange, and also funny, that Stephen insists on starting a fire in such a difficult way, and so she suggests (How about.... is used for making suggestions) that Stephen use some matches, which would be much easier. Stephen thinks that he should make the fire without the aid of matches, and therefore says it's not fair (that's cheating!) to use matches.

Does that help?

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

What's the difference between stranded and stuck? It's the same meaning?
Thank you, Lili

Hello Lili,
The meaning is very similar but there are some differences.
'Stranded' usually means you are in a place and cannot leave.  For example, you might be stranded because your car has broken down a long way from home, or because you are shipwrecked on an island, or because your flight has been cancelled.
'Stuck' can be used in the same contexts as 'stranded' but it has a more general meaning.  It usually means you cannot move or go where you want for some reason.  You can be stuck in a traffic jam, for example, and your car can stuck in the mud.  You can also be stuck in non-physical ways, such as not being able to decide on something ('I'm stuck as to what to do'), or not being able to change your life ('I'm stuck in a job I hate').
There are many ways in which you can use these words, especially 'stuck'.  A good way to explore is to use a concordance, which will give you examples from real English of how certain words are used.  You can use the British National Concordance like this.  Go to
and type your word in the box.  You'll see 50 example sentences using the word and this will give you a really good idea of the kinds of contexts in which it can be used.  For example, the results for 'stuck' look like this:
I hope this answers your question.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Excuse me,is someone can tell me that how can I watch the videos?

Same here, I can't access the video.. How can i watch it ?

Hello Faizan!
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Jeremy Bee
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I have a question about Task1. Why answer "Stephen asks someone for a sugar" goes after "Ashlie boils some water"? I think, it's vice versa, Stephen asks someone for a sugar before Ashlie boils some water.
Thank you!

Hello Dmitry Ta!

It's a bit difficult to say! They put the water on to boil (start the kettle) before Stephen gets the sugar - but the water doesn't boil (reach 100 degrees C) until after Stephen asks for the sugar! I can see why it's confusing, so I have changed the exercise a bit - see if you think it makes sense.

Let us know if you see any other problems on the site, and enjoy your stay!

Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! I am agree with Sofia-uae. My best wishes to those who work at this site.