Ashlie surprises Stephen by beating him to the top of the mountain.


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

Comprehension Task

Do you know anywhere where you can travel on steam trains in your country?

Answer these questions.


Task 2

Comprehension Task

Can you fill in the gaps in the sentences with the correct numbers?





Oh! I'm sorry. I just read the comments below. Sorry to bother you. T_T

In task 2, item 5: Snowdon is 1,000 metres tall. I would say "Snowdon is 1,000 metres high" Is it normal to say "tall" for the height of the mountain?

i just wanna know what's my listening level if i can understand almost everything in those videos and also if am ready to pass the ielts exam
thank you

Hello mebarek,

The level of this series is on the page above: B1. You can search for material at this or higher levels using our content search page.

As far as IELTS goes, the exam can be taken by anyone. There is no pass mark per se, but rather a score which represents your current level. I think the best thing for you would be to visit our site for IELTS candidates (TakeIELTS), where you can find information about the test, tips and advice, sample materials with answers and mock exams which you can use to assess your level.


Best wishes and good luck!


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. I'd like to ask about "how high is it?" In this case 'high' is being used for mountains but I know in some cases 'tall' is used for mountains too. Is there any difference? Are both used for trees and buildings too?

Hi Sukie,

This is a question of collocation, which means which words are used most often together. There is a good summary in the Cambridge dictionary (here).

Please note that sometimes we use words creatively, deliberately choosing an unusual description to catch the listener's ear (or the reader's eye), or to create a particular image. This is the case with 'tall' used to describe mountains: it is unusual but does occur from time to time.

Tress are tall, though we could call them high in a poem or story to grab the reader's attention. Buildings can be described as either tall or high, with tall generally suggesting something thin such as a tower.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for the explanation, Peter. I read the Cambridge dictionary page too. So, probably the Shard is very 'tall' rather than very 'high'- hope I'm right?

Yes collocation- to me it's kind of a big project in learning English. All I can do is just try to get as much exposure to English as possible (like this website) and learn one by one. It's fun though!

Thanks again

Hello Sukie,

That's right. You can use 'high' here but 'tall' is much more likely.

In fact you can see this on the wikipedia page for the building. Both 'high' and 'tall' are used, but 'tall' is used more:


Standing 309.7 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, the fourth-tallest building in Europe and the 96th-tallest building in the world.[1][16][17] It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.[18]


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The English Team,

Would you mind helping to explain the meaning of the phrase "eat or be eaten"? I came across it while watching the movie series "Friends". Thanks a bunch.

Phan Hong Van

Hello langkhach,

This is an idiom which means something similar to 'kill or be killed' - it tells us that either you if you do not defeat your opponent then they will defeat you. It is used metaphorically to describe competitions in which there must be a winner and a loser.


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The LearnEnglish Team