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.

Preparation

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...

Tasks

Comments

Hello,

I notice that in the transcript, the letters "m" and "d" in "Mum" and "Dad" are capitalized. May I now why? Aren't "mum" and "dad" common nouns? Thank you.

Hello Pocoyo,

Mum or Dad (with capitalization) are used in place of their names when we address them. When Ashlie wishes her mum Happy Christmas, the word is capitalized because she is saying "Mum" directly to her mother. On the other hand, if I speak about Ashlie's mum, it isn't capitalized.

That's a bit tricky - let us know if that doesn't make sense.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

Thank you very much for your reply! I guess the same thing happens to words like "Teacher", "Coach", "Nurse", "Council" and ect. This is interesting because I've never learnt anything like this before. Could you please let me know the link to this topic in this website so that I could learn about it? If there is no link, could you please tell me the keyword that I should google? Thank you again.

Best wishes,
Pocoyo

Hello Pocoyo,

We don't have any pages specifically devoted to punctuation, I'm afraid.  However, if you search for 'capitalisation in English' then you should find plenty of information.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter,

Thanks a lot for the information! I'll find out more about it. : )

hello . I like it so much .It is very interesting to learn English that way :)) Thanks for all the team for your efforts . I would like to ask something ,I always hear when they call Stephen . I hear it Steven with pronouncing Ph as V not F . it is true or I have heard it wrongly ?? Thanks a million.

Hello littlemoon86,

Thank you for the nice comment.  You heard the pronunication correctly: Stephen is pronounced with a /v/ sound in the middle.  In fact, it has two spellings - the other is 'Steven', and both versions are shortened to 'Steve'.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello? i'm mongolia. sorry, i can speak a little english. could i upload these lessons at my laptop. i want it but i can't. help me!

Hello deegii,

I'm afraid that Word on the Street episodes are not available for download because they are under copyright. Our Elementary Podcasts and Big City Small World, which are audio podcasts, are available for download, and also have downloadable exercises, so you might want to consider working with those.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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