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...

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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...




'We were going shopping.' In this sentence we don't use 'to' after 'going.' But in some times we use 'to'. As an example 'we were going to church.' Could you explain this for me.

Thank you.

Hello naaka,

Certain activities collocate with the verb 'go', such as 'go swimming', 'go shopping', 'go swimming', 'go cycling', 'go dancing' etc. Your first sentence is an example of this with the verb in the past continuous form ('were going').

Your second sentence is an example of 'go' as a verb meaning to move, plus the preposition 'to':

We were going to church.

We were going to the shop.

We were going to the park.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

This video is so fun and great. Thanks a lot for sharing. Wish you Merry Christmas

Hello Olivka_Rinponche,

I'm afraid that the Word on the Street videos, and most others on LearnEnglish, are not available for download. You can, however, download most of our audio materials (e.g. Elementary Podcasts, Big City Small World) and also our How to videos in iTunes - just search for 'British Council LearnEnglish' and you'll see a complete list there.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

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!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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