Camden Scene 2


Ashlie and Stephen need to finish their shopping. Ashlie drags Stephen into a shoe shop and they look at some amazing clothes.

 Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.



Ashlie: Well, thanks for that Stephen. That was a great lunch.

Stephen: Ah – you’re welcome. My pleasure! Now come on, we’ve got to get a move on.

Ashlie: Oh, wait a minute. They’re nice. 

Stephen: Which ones? Those boots?

Ashlie: No, the shoes at the back - the black ones. Let’s go in and have a look.

Stephen: What size are they? Why don’t you try them on and see if they fit?

Ashlie: Excuse me. Can I try these on, please? Have you got them in a size 6?

Shop assistant: Yes, sure.

Ashlie: Thanks.

Ashlie: Oh wait, they’ve got them in green, too. Maybe they’re nicer. What do you think?

Stephen: Why don’t you try them both on?

Ashlie: Sorry, can I try them both on, please? The green and the black in a size 6.

Shop assistant: OK.

Ashlie: Thanks.

Stephen: Let’s sit down. Shoe shops make me tired.

Ashlie: So, which ones do you prefer? Do you prefer the black ones or the green ones?

Stephen: They’re both nice.

Ashlie: But tell me which ones you like the best.

Stephen: Erm... OK then, the green ones.

Ashlie: Well, what’s wrong with the black ones?

Stephen: Nothing’s wrong with the black ones. I said they’re both nice.

Ashlie: I think I prefer the black ones.

Stephen: OK then, if I say I prefer the black ones, can we just buy them and get out of here?

Ashlie: Yeah, I think I’ll get the black ones. Unless you prefer the green ones?

Stephen: Aaaargh! Come on!

Ashlie: OK, I’ll take the black ones please.


Stephen: OK, I’ll see you later, then.

Ashlie: OK, I’m going this way. See you!


Ashlie: Hi there. Wow, such amazing clothes. Oh, this is nice. Can I try this on in a smaller size, please?

Shop assistant: Yes, certainly.

Ashlie: Great, thank you.

Shop assistant: The changing rooms are just over there.

Ashlie: This is wonderful. How much is it?

Shop assistant: That one’s 110 pounds.

Ashlie: It is beautiful but… I’m not sure.


Stephen: Oh my gosh! Ashley!? What happened to you?

Ashlie: Oh, hiya Stephen. Well, I decided to change my image. What do you think?

Stephen: Well, don’t let Mum see you like that - it's her birthday party tonight.

Ashlie: Don't worry, I'll change first. Are you ready for home?

Stephen: Yes, let's get out of here. Everybody’s looking at you!



Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Do you like clothes shopping?
  • What sort of questions do you ask when you go clothes shopping?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie and listen to the questions they ask.



Comprehension Task

Do you like the clothes Stephen and Ashlie bought? Answer these questions.



Hi Sir!

Please help me to discriminate the difference between " Joiking" and "kidding" Thanks !

Hello KimToi,

Both of these mean 'not being serious'. There is no real difference in meaning in most contexts.

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I have noticed this sentence. "why don't you try them on and see if they fit."
I've got a problem with "if they fit". Shouldn't it be "if they are fit"?

Thank you.

Hello naaka,

No, the sentence is in fact correct. 'Fit' can be an adjective but it can also be a verb, as in this sentence.

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Hi Abbas,

I can see the video clip on this page. Is it only this page which is a problem for you or are you having problems with all the videos on LearnEnglish?

Also, are you viewing LearnEnglish on a desktop/laptop computer or a tablet or other mobile device?

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Hi Adam
Thanks for your attention . i have problem for some videos for example i have this link (Can't see video? Click here!) just for history branch . i am viewing learn English by desktop computer too .

Hi abbas mousavi,

I'm sorry to hear you're having problems, but I'm not sure what you mean. Could you clarify: are you able to see the videos marked 'Can't see video? Click here!'), or are these a problem for you as well?

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Hi Peter
I don't able to see 'Can't see video? Click here!' in blow of some video to see or download it .
i am studying for IELTS exam and i have some problem in writing and Grammar can you help me to find good source to be ready for it .
thanks for your kindly attention

Hello abbas mousavi,

So when you visit this page can you see the 'Can't see video' section? And if so, when you click on it, can you watch the video?

As far as IELTS goes, I recommend taking a look at the British Council's TakeIELTS site, which has tips and advice, practice materials, mock exams and sample answers - it's a great site for IELTS candidates.

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