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Oxford Scene 2

Stephen explores the ancient city of Oxford and meets some girls who are studying at the University. 

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.

Task 1

After you watch

What did you learn about Oxford?

Choose the best answer to these questions.


Task 2

Comprehension Task

What did you learn about Oxford?

Put the sentences into the correct order.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello ali k.

Yes, that's more or less what it means.  The closest way to paraphrase it would be 'many things' and it is an informal way to say this, quite common in colloquial conversations between friends, for example.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I think I would like to open this page and answer all the task, just spend my time.

It was really useful, Thank u so much

Hello , I really like this series so much. It's so interesting and useful. I learnt loads of expression and i know more about Britain by this amazing series.
I have may be  a silly Question but I have to understand .
In the sentence ( let's find out a little bit more ) in the transcript. what is the meaning of " little and bit "  Can we say let's find out more ? instead of let's find out a little bit more .? what is the additional meaning of ( little -bit ) in the sentence?
another one is that why in the transcript Stephen asked ( how many colleges are there? the answer is ( There is ..... not There are .....)
Thanks a lot for assistance and help  for all my questions in all the podcasts and series.

Hi littlemoon86,
We're glad to hear you enjoy Word on the Street!
a little, a bit, and a little bit all essentially mean the same thing. It would be fine to say "let's find out more". The difference between "let's find out more" and "let's find out a little bit more" is simply that in the second sentence, Stephen isn't talking about finding out a lot more, just a little bit more. You might want to look at our page on quantifiers for more information on this topic.
As for "There's around 39", good catch! Sometimes in informal speech, people say there is, even with plural nouns. I wouldn't recommend that you copy this, but it is something you can hear people say sometimes.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

When I read transcript I understand all word what used in the movie, but when I watch it without transcript I understand nothing! What should I do for understanding listening well?

Hello Sensei,
Listening is often a challenge because we can't control how fast the words come, and we can't go back and check the way that we can when we are reading.  Apart from that, when we speak the words are not separate but are run together so a whole sentence can sound like one word!  It can be difficult, I know, and the best way to improve is to practise.
Using the transcript is a good idea.  You can listen and read at the same time, which will help you to recognise the words as you hear them.  Try listening and reading the first time, then listening again without the transcript the second time.  The more you practise, the better you will get and there are a lot of different videos and audio recordings you can listen to (click).
Another thing that can help with listening is trying to get used to connected speech - the way we run words together when we speak.  Use the transcript and try to listen to how the words change when we say them quickly.  This will help you to get used to listening to natural speech.
Good luck with your learning and remember - practise, practise and practise some more!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for your comprehensive advise Peter!
Kind Regards 
Sensei from Azerbaijan

I'd like to know what's the meaning of  "fingers crossed". What did she want to say?
Thank you ^v^

Hello zalazaza!
Here it means Good luck! You can read a little more about the expression and how we use it if you do a seach on fingers crossed in our online dictionary.
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team