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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Now watch to find out how Ashlie and Stephen get into their fight.
Ashlie: What about this, Stephen?
Stephen: Typical, Ash. You choose the biggest thing in the market for your tiny flat.
Ashlie: Well, yeah... I guess it is a bit too big. Let's look over there.
Stephen: We can’t take too long. We’ve got to go and say hello to Pete.
Ashlie: Yeah, OK... We're at an art market – it's a kind of market where artists sell their art.
Stephen: Ashlie wants to buy some art for her flat and she’s already seen about ten things she wants to buy.
Stephen: Hi, Pete. How's it going?
Pete: Hi, guys. Great, thanks. It’s quite busy today. There’s lots of people buying things.
Ashlie: Wow... so you're actually making some money?
Pete: Yeah, of course. This is a great place to sell art.
Stephen: Right, well, let me give you a hand. You need a proper salesman!
Ashlie: Right, OK – you stay here. I'm off to find some art for my flat.
Stephen: OK, but don’t be gone too long – and don’t spend all your money!
Ashlie: Hi there. Ooh, how much are these?
Stallholder: They’re twelve pounds.
Ashlie: They’re very cool. Are they all your own designs?
Stallholder: Yeah, they are. Liachild is my own brand.
Ashlie: Good luck with it!
Stallholder: Thanks a million.
Stallholder: Thank you.
Stephen: So what did you buy, then?
Ashlie: Nothing, actually, but I’ve got an idea that could make us some money!
Stephen: What is it?
Ashlie: Well, I'm going to make some art, come back to the market and sell it! Brilliant idea, huh?
Stephen: Yes, excellent idea! Except one thing... You're not an artist.
Ashlie: Well, I can learn, can't I? All great artists had to start somewhere.
Stephen: Well, if it's that easy, why don't we both try and make some art? And then come back next week and try and sell it?
Ashlie: Stephen, I reckon you won’t be able to sell a single thing.
Stephen: Sounds like a challenge. Why don't we make it a bit more exciting?
Ashlie: In what way?
Stephen: Well, the one who sells the most is the winner... and the winner gets to keep all the money we make. Agree?
Stephen: Ah! You’re going to be giving all your money to me!
Ashlie: Oh, yeah, right, whatever. Come on then, I need to get some inspiration.
Stephen: So this is art, is it?
Ashlie: Err, yes, Stephen, it is.
Stephen: Looks like a pile of old junk to me.
Ashlie: Art is all about ideas. Try and look at what the artist is trying to say.
Stephen: This is harder than I thought.
Ashlie: Come on, let's have a look over there.
Stephen: So Ash – what do you think of this? I have been trying to understand the message. What is the artist trying to say here?
Ashlie: Well, what do you think, Stephen?
Stephen: I guess he's trying to make us think about the modern world. He’s using a rubbish bin to show how everyday objects...
Ashlie: Stephen – that is a rubbish bin. Come on, you. Let’s make some art!
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Hi LearnEnglish Team!
I'm new here but I've listened and watched all these clips and I think I've improved my English much more than before. But there are much I don't understand. Here is the one.
Stpehen said, "Typical, Ash!". What does it mean? Could you give some more examples about this usage? Thank you very much.
Hi Aung Thet Naing,
It's great that you feel that you're improving your English here on LearnEnglish! Keep it up!
'Typical, Ash' in this context means 'That's typical of you, Ash'. Stephen is making a joke that Ash always chooses the biggest thing to buy, even though she has a small flat.
It's quite a common comment to make when you want to say 'It's always the same', especially about things that go wrong or are not good in some way. Another way to say it would be 'Isn't that just typical!'
I hope that answers your question.
The LearnEnglish Team
hey,any body there?i cant find to run the video,please help
Sorry to hear you're having problems watching the video. Unfortunately, users in Iran do have trouble watching some of our videos.
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I have the same problem as Bavar ... and I do not live in Iran :) I am from the Czech Republic and I use Mackintosh and Safari browser. Could that be the problem?
Furthermore I don't see the exercises bellow the video, only the transcript :( Do you have any suggestions what to do?
Thanks a lot in advance
PS: I've tried the link "Can't see video? Click here" and nothing happened.
That's strange. Are you sure you have Flash Player installed on your computer? Please take a look at this page and see if it helps.
The LearnEnglish Team
thank you for your advices,but I should tell you that as you mentioned I can see that notice,"cant see video",but it does not work.
Nevertheless I hope you will find a way that we can use of these videos too.
Thanks for letting us know. A few other Iranian users have told us they have the same problem, so you're not alone. We're working to find a solution, but I hope you can enjoy the rest of the site anyway!
The LearnEnglish Team
Could you please tell me whats difference between "here you go" and "there you go"
and where do we use them???
I thank you in advance.
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