Stephen and Ashlie decide to take a course on basic car maintenance. Anxious to get his hands dirty, Stephen learns a lesson the hard way.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Thank you for taking the time to make this video. For me, this website is the best to learn English every day. I started to work my English there was two months. The results, I have learnt many words of vocabulary, I improved my oral understanding but still some difficulties of pronunciations. That's why we have to work our English every day. It's very important. Today, I have learnt many words related the different component of a car.

Hi AyoubDZ93

Thanks for letting us know you find our website useful! Since you mention the topic of cars, I thought I'd also refer you to our Cars page in the Vocabulary exercises section.

Best wishes
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Mr Kirk,
Thank you for your answer, I'm grateful to you. I will do the exercises on the topic that you have just proposed.
Best wishes 2019

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That's a really great video for learning more English. I don't have and I don't drive a car, I don't know anything about car maintenance, but I own a bike and I cycle daily. And still, I wouldn't know how to change a tire or fix the breaks, I can only put the chain back if it falls off. I need to take up a course for fixing bikes!

Oops, I made two mistakes here, or is there any more? :D
"...change a *tyre* or fix the *brakes* ..." I really need to study this lesson well.

Hello everybody.
I'm from Porto Alegre, in Brazil. I'm an English teacher and I also teaches Portuguese for foreigners. In fact, I have a student from Liverpool who lives here and he's a nice guy.
Well, thanks for all the videos! They're really great and always save my day as a teacher. Thank you very very much!
Regarding the subject of this video, I should say that I really would like to be able to fix cars. I used to have an old Fusca (VW) and after some time I ended up learning some of the basic things in mechanics, but I would like to know more.
Thanks again!

Have a nice day, Kirk and the team,

My name is Van, from Hanoi, Vietnam.

I have one question: what should I say when I want to ask someone to make his / her hair in a bun, in stead of let it flow freely on his/ her shoulder? And besides, should I use the word "his/her" or "their" in this sentence?


Hello Van,

We usually contrast 'wear your hair long' or 'let your hair down' with 'wear your hair in a bun' or 'tie your hair up'.

You can say either 'his or her' or 'their'. I think 'their' is more common in modern English.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter :)