Christmas Scene 1


Ashlie and Stephen are getting ready for Christmas. They need to buy presents and decorate the tree, but there's still time for a bit of ice-skating...

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.


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What do you know about British Christmas traditions?
  • What kinds of presents do people buy each other for Christmas?
  • What decorations do people put on a Christmas tree?

Now watch as Ashlie and Stephen do some last-minute shopping...



I cant watch the video. I also clicked on "Can't see video? Click here!", but I cant watch it.
what should I do?
Is there any download link?

Hi learningenglish68,

We're aware that some of our users are unable to view some of our videos, and we're working on a solution to this problem.

In the meantime, please check the schedule of the BBC Persian TV channel, as the third series of Word on the Street is being broadcast there over the next few weeks.

I hope this helps you!

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Hi, Mr. Peter!
I am a student at a university in Indonesia. I have a dream taking graduate program abroad especially in USA or UK. I realize that to make it real I have to have ability in English, so i am trying to improve my skill in English, but I am worry about TOEFL or IELTS, I am afraid I can't good enough in these tests because I seldom writing, listening, and speaking in English. As this far, going to the English course is an option but it is so expensive so i decide to study English my self. What is you opinion? Would you mind give me some advises, Please?

Hello dedysijabat,

Many of our users have dramatically improved by using LearnEnglish, so you've come to a great place. I'd suggest you work on your English in general by using the Elementary Podcasts using the method I describe below, and that you also spend some time learning about the IELTS and TOEFL. You can find resources on the TOEFL by doing an internet search for "TOEFL preparation", and for the IELTS we have resources in our IELTS section, and I'd also especially recommend visiting the TakeIELTS site.

In the Elementary Podcasts, I would recommend starting with series 1 episode 1. First, listen to the one or two sections of the podcast, and then read the transcript (under Instructions & downloads) as you listen. Then do the exercises that correspond to the sections you've listened to. You should also choose some useful phrases from what you've listened to and imitate their pronunciation - repeat those words and phrases many times. Pronounce whole phrases, not just words, because the pronunciation of words in English changes according to context. Repeat these phrases until they're relatively easy to say. Keep a record of all your new vocabulary (including phrases, not just individual words) in a notebook and review it as often as you can.

Let us know how you get on!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there,
I was looking for some exercises for my nephew and I have done the first Christmas exercise to have an idea about how it was, after I've done it I realised one of the answers is wrong, If you check it , when you right: ... las minute christmas " SHOPPING" this word, ( which I check several times), appears as it is wrong ... could you please have a look at this error?
Many thanks Guys and have a great day! ...Please let me know if I was WRONG maybe it was my fault?...

Hello May,

Thank you for pointing this out to us.  I've checked the exercise and I can't seem to replicate the issue - when I type 'shopping' it accepts it as correct.  Could it be that you are using caps lock when you type?  The answers are case-sensitive (as correct capitalisation is important in English and users whose language has a non-Roman alphabet need to practise this) and so if you type 'SHOPPING' into the space then it will not be accepted.

Please let us know if this solves the problem.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Learning English team, hello Peter, hello Kirk,

I have a question. Can these exercises become a teaching material? I'm designing an English lesson for my tutoring student, is it a good idea to let the learner do these exercises? Not sure though because they seem to be pretty hard if you have only one time listening.

What do you think then, Peter and Kirk, and Learning English Team? I will be grateful if you give me good advice.

Hello Anh,

Since we don't know him or her, it's difficult for us to say how appropriate these materials would be for your student, but you are welcome to use them in this way. You might consider having your student listen to the video a couple of times before class to help. There's also of course the Transcript.

By the way, our sister site TeachingEnglish might be a useful resource for you as a teacher.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi The Learn English of experts could you please do me a favor ,learning English has been my dreams and I have learned it without any helps when I was very young but I have a problem which I can't solve it .

Sometimes i can speak fluently but sometimes not and it makes me very upset when I am alone

Hello farah,

Are there any particular situations when you find it difficult to speak fluently? Is it because you're nervous? Or perhaps you don't have the words you need? Is it something else? In general, the key to improve your fluency is to practise speaking. You can learn from anyone who speaks some English, not just native speakers.

Another thing you can do is watch our videos and podcasts that have transcripts (e.g. some Word on the Street episodes (by the way, new episodes are coming this summer) and all of the Elementary Podcasts or Big City Small World episodes). Watch or listen to them many times and then choose some useful phrases to learn. Repeat them over and over again, imitating the pronunciation. Then try to use these phrases in your speaking.

Don't give up! If this advice doesn't address your problem, please let us know more and we'll do our best to help you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team