At an art market, Ash and Stephen find themselves in an argument about who is the better artist. They decide to have a competition, but first they need to find out what art is.

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

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Hello!
can you tell me when the man at T-shirt shop say: "Thanks a million"
what does his mean ?

Hello votantai,

To look up words and phrases such as this please use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of the page. Just type the phrase into the search box and click 'Look it up!' You'll see a definition, examples and more. You can even hear the pronunciation in British and American English.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I tried it, very usefull but sometimes it's so complicate.
Thanks a million!!

Hello
I can't listen the sentences "So you're actually making some money?" Ashlie spoke too fast. Can you show me how she linking these words.
Thank you

Hello phuongthao138,

The best way to get used to connected speech is to hear it rather than see it, but I would suggest you pay attention to the less stressed words in the sentence:

WOW, so you're ACTUALLY MAKING some MONEY.

The words in capitals are stressed and the other words run together, filling in the space between the stressed words. You can imagine it as a regular rhythm with a beat on each stressed word:

WOW - ACTUALLY - MAKING - MONEY

These words have the same time gap between them; the other words are squeezed inbetween them.

Listen and repeat; try to say it with Ashlie so you can copy her speed and delivery.

Good luck!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much Peter
I'm trying :)

Hi The LearnEnglish Team,
I want to ask a question. Why did Stephen say "So this is art, is it?". Is it a tag question? If it is, it must be "So this is art, isn't it?", right?. Please explain it for me.
Thank you very much.

Hello Linh,

Although it's true that question tags are usually taught as being negative if the statement is affirmative, and affirmative if the statement is negative, question tags like the one Stephen uses here are also fairly common. In this case, they are used to express interest or surprise in something the other person has just said. Here Stephen is expressing surprise or even doubt about the idea that what he sees is art.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much, Kirk.
I got it.

Best wishes for you,
Linh

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