At an art market, Ash and Stephen find themselves in an argument about who is the better artist. They decide to have a competition, but first they need to find out what art is.

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.

Task 1

Order the sentences according to the video.

Exercise

Task 2

Decide if these statements are true or false.

Exercise

Task 3

Order the words to make useful expressions from the video.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

Hello
(Don't be gont too long)I didn't understand the structure of the sentence ,And what too long mean?
Thanks

Hello fidaasiddig,

We use Don't be... to tell somebody not to behave in a certain way. Here, the speaker is telling the other person to be on time, because Don't be too long means Don't take too much time.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, (You’re going to be giving all your money to me)
Why it's not (You’re going to give me all your money)
(artists had to start)why had not have to

Hello fidaasiddig,

You could say 'not going to give' in this context. There is no grammatical reason for using the continuous form in this kind of exclamation. It is just a way of adding emphasis to this kind of sentence in informal speech.

In the second example, 'had to' is used because the speaker is thinking about artists in the past, and is saying 'it was always this way'. You could use 'have to' and it would be correct. In that case it would describe artists in general, saying 'it has always been this way' (in the past and now).

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

:)

Thank you!

Dear Team,I've already finished the Learn English Podcasts and the BCSW series and tried to do the next studing step,i.e.,the Word of the Street series as you recommend.I confront some problems here and I'm trying to deal with them.However,the main problem for me is the fast and not always clear dialogoues and conversations.Sometimes I feel lost and confused, even I try listening and reading them again and again.I've tried to reduce the speed on the video, but it's impossible in this series.What else can I do?Could you help me?

Hello nikoslado,

It may be that you need more practice before moving on to Word on the Street, which is B1/B2 level.

You can use our search page to find material at B1 level (like Big City Small World):

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/content

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi LearnEnglish Team,
I´ve got a doubt. It ´s the last question in the preparation task ¨the before you watch seccion¨. The question which says " What do you think makes for good art? is it about what you consider good art is? the kind of art you like or prefer?
I´m looking forward to receiving your reply.
best regards!!
- Armando

Hi Armandito,

The question 'What do you think makes for good art' means, as you say, 'What do you think makes good art?'

The answer shoudl be something like 'I think good art is...'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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