Christmas Scene 2


It's Christmas morning! Ashlie's got a lot to do to cook dinner for the family, but can she get Stephen to help?

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 food do British people eat at Christmas?
  • Who usually cooks in your household?
  • How do you react when you get a present you don't care for very much?

Now watch to find as Stephen and Ashlie celebrate Christmas with their family...



hi monaia!

always is used with simple present tense. have / has been v -ing is present perfect continuos tense.

Hello Rajaram,

Thanks for your contribution! I just wanted to point out that in fact, always can be used with almost any tense, as Peter explains in his response to monaia below.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I have some questions . could you answer me please?
1- Ashlie said ( I have always wanted) . Is (always) used in prewsent perfect tense?
2- have or has +been + verb + ing , what is this tense called?
3- Mum said ( I know you're going to love your ...) . This is a wrong way of talking about predictions in the future, isn't it ?
Thanks .

Hello monaia,

1. 'Always' can be used with almost any tense.

2. The present perfect continuous.

3. No, it's perfectly correct to talk about predictions like that.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Could you explain to me '' what is ' the stuffing' ''?

Hi ttalone,

You can find the meaning of 'stuffing' in our dictionary - see the search box on the lower right side of the page. Note that the meaning here is the second one, under 'FOOD'.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk ,
Thank you again for your reply . I think I 'm more prepared for lunch now :))
Best wishes ,

Hello Teachers :) May I ask you a question about ' dinner ' ? As far as I could see the main topic in this episode is preparing the Christmas dinner ... But when Ashlie and her mother talk about it , they say ' lunch' !!?? Now I feel myself really a bit confused about ' dinner ' :(((

Hi iliya_b,

As you'll see in the definition for 'dinner' in the dictionary, 'dinner' is used to talk about the main meal of the day, and so can refer to both 'lunch' (eaten at mid-day) and 'supper' (eaten in the evening). Holiday meals are typically eaten at mid-day or in the early afternoon, and so are often referred to as 'dinners'.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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