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Oxford Scene 1

In this episode, Stephen and Ashlie visit the ancient city of Oxford.

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Intermediate: B1

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Dear Team,
there are two strange things in this episode :
a)How can someone drive a car,(like Steven does), especially in England,, in a route to Oxford- without having the legal licence.( as he says he is still learning ).I thought such a thing it could only happen in my country Greece, for example.
b)Τhe gps gives these directions:''Continue driving around the roundabout for five kilometres.'' What does it mean, why has someone to drive around a rounabout for five kilometres....In my opinion this is clearly a logical error, and in non way a ''wrong direction''.
What your opinion is.
Ever grateful, nikoslado.

Hello nikoslado,

In the UK a person can have a provisional licence before they pass their test. This allows them to drive the car provided there is a qualified driver with them. There are certain limitations such as not being allowed to drive on motorways.

Many people learn to drive like this and are able to gain a lot of experience before they take the test.

The sentence from the GPS is illogical if you analyse it strictly. This is really due to the GPS voice system itself, which builds sentences by putting together whole phrases without too much attention to grammar and syntax.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,

I am trying to comment on an article Learn English magazine-nigeria-sound.mp3 The comment: Then I saw Michael Jackson's concert at the stadium in Hamburg, while I attended six form college called Gymnasium Jenischgymnasium/Hermanneum.

I loved that video and story. It's very common in my life.

I liked the video. Very funny. That situation keep happening with me. I think gps is not a good idea when we know the way we go. Mainly TomTom is not a such good device.

I thought that they would have died already! Phew!

OMG, the GPS was totally wrong. They nearly died.

I know!It was totally a mess!

Hi....very suddenly i found this part and you have no idea how much i love "words on the street" they speak really normal and slowly,i can understand 99% of their words...thanks for your wonderful website :)

hello british council team.
i have problem, when i have listened to the movie, there are many words I did not get it .
i think the problem is. they are taking quickly. is that right

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