Stephen explores the ancient city of Oxford and meets some girls who are studying at the University. 

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

Task 1

After you watch

What did you learn about Oxford?

Choose the best answer to these questions.

Exercise

Task 2

Comprehension Task

What did you learn about Oxford?

Put the sentences into the correct order.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hi, Learning support team, I think you could put more task in these section, these tasks are very easy and I don't understand all the dialogue, the main aspect yes, but not totally , so i think you could exploit more to ask more about the video, when the girls interchange ideas with Stephen their pronunciation is very hard to understand and they talk so fast by instance. Thanks in advance

Hi btriton,

Thanks for your feedback! Have you seen the transcript? That should at least help you understand the dialogue. Your point about more exercises is a very good one, but I'm afraid it's unlikely that we will develop any more exercises for this page.

This is because we are currently working on a lot of new pages in our Listening skills section that will be produced at different levels; all of them will have several exercises. I'm afraid it will be a few months before we are able to publish them, but please check back here in the future or keep your eye on our newsletter for an announcement there once they are ready.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone!
I wanted to know, why the tourist lady says," there's around 39" when Stephen asks about number of colleges? Why doesn't she say "there are around 39"? Why the sentence is not in plural form here?

Hello Vrindalee,

I agree that the plural form here would be grammatically correct. However, in informal conversation people sometimes use there's with plural nouns in this way. Well done for spotting this non-standard, but quite common, usage!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,

I've noticed you used in your reply the word 'usage'. I think that it is sometimes possible to use 'use' as a noun as well, am I right? Do they differ?

Thanks!

Hello Seb Ant,

Yes, that's right, both 'use' and 'usage' are nouns. We usually use 'use' to refer to one of the different meanings a word can have. For example, if you follow the link to see the dictionary page for the word 'use', you'll see it has five different uses or meanings as a verb and three as a noun. Theses 'uses' are dependent on their particularl context.

We use 'usage' to refer more to the way words or grammar are used beyond a specific situation. Here, for example, Peter is remarking on the use of 'there is' with a plural noun -- although one could consider this not correct, the fact is that many native speakers speak this way; this is an example of a 'usage' of 'there is' that you can find in many different contexts or situations.

The distinction between the two is subtle and one that will probably require a little more practice to understand well. I expect you could find discussions of this on the internet if you're interested in learning more.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

What does it mean " I’ve somewhere I want to take you." ? I have somewhere... or ? It is not understandable for me.

Hi DarkoMaxim,

Yes, that is correct. It is a somewhat odd construction, so I can understand how it strikes you as odd. It's somewhat similar to a sentence like 'I have a surprise for you' -- instead of 'a surprise for you', you could say 'somewhere I want to take you'.

Many people would probably say 'There is somewhere I want to take you' instead, and you could certainly use that if you prefer.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. Can I jump in as I have a question about these words too. I understand 'I've' is a contraction of 'I have' but this 'have' is a part of the present perfect and not a verb, so the 'have' needs a verb in the past participle after it, like 'I've GOT somewhere I want to take you'. Or is it common using 'have' like this? If so, can I use 'I've' in other cases when I mean 'I possess', such as 'I've lots of work to do'?

Hi Sukie,

It is a little unusual for people to contract the main verb 'I have' (as in 'I have somewhere I want to take you') to 'I've', but as you can see here, it does occur.

Even though it looks like a present perfect form of the verb 'get', 'have got' has nothing to do with 'get' here but rather is another way of saying 'I have'. 'have' (when used for possession) and 'have got' have many of the same uses, though there are a few differences. 'have got' is extremely common, so it's great that you've noticed this and want to understand it.

I hope that clears it up for you, but if not, please don't hesitate to ask us any more questions you have.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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