Stephen decides he’s going to fix up an old banger and gets Ashlie to help him. There’s just one small problem ...

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello Teachers ,

When Stepen talks to Gavin about the car he has liked he addreses the car with 'she' : Yeah , she's great , isn't it ?
So , is it a common practice in English ? As far as I know a boat may be addressed with 'she ' , but a car ?

Thank you ,
Regards ,

Hello iliya_b,

It's not uncommon for us to personalise objects like cars and, as you say, boats in English. Sometimes even other objects can be personalised (usually as 'she'), such as houses.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Stephen said "Hi Gavin , good to see you"
I found that Stephen didn't pronounce "you", instead he said "good to see ya"
Is the linking reason? if yes, could you provide more examples?
Thank you very much!

Hello Joe Choi,

English speech uses a lot of weak sounds in order to maintain the rhythm of the sentence and allow us to link words together more efficiently. These are often 'grammar words' such as prepositions, pronouns and articles which are frequently not stressed. Typically the vowel sound will become a schwa - in phonetic script this is written /Ə/.

For example, in this sentence there are several weak forms (underlined):

He went to the hospital to visit the sister of one of his friends.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish

The videos are awesome.They are a good source for teaching in the classroom.
keep up the good work.

Thanks, to collect between enjoying and learning

this is amazing video. i am not only enjoying,learing too.Thank you so much!

I like this method because all people can learn enghish easily. Thank you teachers

The conversation is good but the part when Stephen is telling Ashlie the news its a bit confusing. When I had to fill out task two I kept doing wrong the third blank (about the lifting). Is Stephen really saying "And you’re always giving me lifts?" Because what I hear is: "And you always give me lifts?" Maybe is the way he pronounce it, or the speed of his speech.

so funny Stephen, could you help me to fix my car??? :)