Transport and Travel Scene 1


Stephen's friend comes to London and Ashlie and Stephen show him around.

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.



Stephen: There she is! 

Ashlie: Hi!

Stephen: Great to see you Ash – this is Jazz.

Ashlie: Hi, nice to meet you, Jazz. 

Jazz: Nice to meet you Ashlie. I have never been here before. I have always wanted to visit London.    

Ashlie: Wow, this is your first visit to London – you’ve never been here before? Well, I’m glad you could come – we’re really looking forward to showing you around.

Stephen: Come on. Let’s get going.

Ashlie: Here, let me help you with this bag. What have you got in here? It weighs a ton.

Stephen: Oh - come on. We need to get a move on.

Ashlie: Stephen’s brought his friend Jazz over to London for a few days. So we’re going to give him a tour of the city and show him the sights.

Stephen: Come on Ash - we need to get to central London for your surprise.

Ashlie: Surprise? What for me? I’ve got a surprise!


Stephen: Hi there. 

Cab Driver: Hi.

Stephen: We need to get to the River Thames. Can you take us to Embankment – near the tube station?

Cab Driver: Embankment Station, OK.

Ashlie: Oh no! My bag! Where’s my bag? I can’t believe it… I’ve lost it. Damn it! I’m going to have to go back there and get it.

Stephen: Did you have it with you on the train? Are you sure you had it with you on the train? 

Jazz: You had your bag on the train, definitely – you put it on the... err... How do you say that in English?  

Stephen: The luggage rack – yeah. Did you put it on the luggage rack, Ash?  

Ashlie: You’re right - I’m sure I had it with me on the train. Oh my gosh! My phone! My phone is in my bag. Oh, I’m going to have to go back. 

Stephen: But Ashlie, you’ll miss the surprise.

Ashlie: Oh, how annoying! You guys go on ahead and I’ll catch you up later.

Stephen: Are you sure?

Ashlie: Yes, don’t worry. I’ll give you a call later.


Jazz: Oh gosh! This is an amazing city. What is that building over there?

Stephen: Oh, that’s the Royal Albert Hall... I hope we’re going to get there on time.

Jazz: The traffic in London is terrible. Is the traffic always this bad?

Stephen: Ah - you should see it in rush hour. Sometimes it’s quicker to walk. In fact, maybe we should… are you OK with walking?

Jazz: Is it a long way?

Stephen: It’s about ten minutes' walk to the flat from here.

Jazz: OK, that’s fine. I think we can manage with these bags.

Stephen: Can you pull over here, please?


Stephen: It’s only half an hour to the surprise – we’ll have to hurry.

Jazz: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, wait, I want to take a photo. Wow, I have never seen anything like this before. Where are we? What is this place called?

Stephen: This is Piccadilly Circus. There’s always loads of tourists round here. 

Jazz: Wow, I must take a photograph, just one minute.

Stephen: When we get to Trafalgar Square, we can stop for a quick rest. Come on. Jazz…

Stephen: What’s that? It’s a phone. Is that your phone?

Jazz: No.

Jazz: Hey, I don’t believe it. Look what I’ve found! Isn’t this Ashlie’s bag? It’s her phone!

Stephen: What? Oh no! We had it all along. Poor Ashlie. I’m going to answer it. Hello?

Ashlie: Stephen? 

Stephen: Hello. This isn’t Ashlie – I’m Stephen, I’m Ashlie’s brother.

Ashlie: Stephen!

Stephen: But this is Ashlie’s phone. 

Ashlie: What are you doing with my phone? 

Stephen: Who’s that?

Ashlie: Stephen it’s me – Ashlie – Where are you?

Stephen: Ash, we’ve found your stuff. We had it with us all the time.

Ashlie: Oh - I can’t believe I came all the way back here for nothing. 

Stephen: Yes, don’t worry, we’ve got your bag. Everything‘s safe.

Ashlie: Thank goodness it’s all turned up. I’m so relieved. 

Stephen: Right, well get here as quick as you can. We’re going to drop the bags off at the flat. 

Ashlie: Great. And thank you!

Stephen: Meet you at the Embankment. Don’t be late. Remember, I’ve got a surprise for you!

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you later. Bye! 


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What do you do if you go on a ‘tour of the city’?
  • What kind of things do you like to do when you visit a place on holiday?

Watch Stephen and Ashlie welcome their friend Jazz to London.



Comprehension Task

Read the statements and decide if they are true or false.




These videos are so helpful, I just wish we could download the archives for both the videos and the exercises, just as we can inother areas of the website.

I heard some people speaking like "I did tell him" and "I do take care of...". Although it is possible to say simply like "I told him..." or "I take care of ...". I am just confused why Did and Do are added in the former sentences and are these sentences with "Do" and "Did" are correct? What about sentences without these (i.e. Do/Did)?


Hello Nathan M,

We can use the auxiliary in affirmative sentences to add emphasis, especially when someone does not believe what we are saying or contradicts it:

I went to the shop.

You did not!

I did go to shop, honestly!

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Unfortunately I can't download the videos from word on the street

Hello miloodf,

I'm afraid that the Word on the Street videos are not available for download due to copyright restrictions. If you have a mobile device, I'd suggest you take a look at our Apps page, where you can view some videos by using the GREAT Videos and LearnEnglish Audio and Video apps.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello sir.
unfortunately i am not finding any video here on this page... how can i get it?

Hello Mussawar,

I'd recommend you download and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash player – this solves most video problems. If you have a device that is incompatible with Flash (e.g. an iPhone), however, you may have to view this page using a different device.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear sir,
Thanks for your useful lessons, and I'd like to ask you a question: What is the difference between 'meet' and 'see'? A foreigner said "Nice to see you!" when she and I have known already, but she said to my friend who haven't met before "Nice to meet you".

Hello buianh,

We use 'meet' the first time we meet someone and 'see' (or 'talk to') after that.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sir, Thank you for your reply. Can u explain me the correct structure of these sentence.
1.When will the exam be held?
2.when the exam be held?