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Bestival Scene 2 Language Focus

Rob talks about the different ways we use the verb need.

Watch the video and then complete the Tasks.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Ali Ibrahiem,

I'd recommend that you read the definitions and examples of these words in our dictionary - see the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box on the lower right side of this page - but in general a commitment is a kind of obligation that we choose, whereas a duty is usually something more external, i.e. usually we don't choose it.

I hope this helps you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question on task 1 : Why I need to eat is described as an action and not as something you want? Thanks!

Hello MayelaM,

The distinction is as follows:

[need + infinitive] = an action

[need + noun] = something you want

In your example, 'need to eat' is [need + infinitive] and is therefore an action.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I know Spooking English is Very important for our job sector. If You Know Spooking English than you will get better position every where but I can't speak English. Please tall me what can I do.........

Hello Kochi,

The best way to improve speaking is to speak. It's like a sport - you can only improve your cricket by playing cricket. You can watch experts play, and getting help from a teacher is important, but most importantly, you must spend time training and playing cricket.

To improve your speaking, ideally, you should speak with other people. Perhaps you can find a conversation group or speak with a colleague or friend who is also learning English. If that is not possible, you can still learn a lot on your own. Many of users have reported that they've managed to improve by using the Elementary Podcasts. Start with the first episode of one of the series. First, listen to the one or two sections of the podcast, and then read the transcript (under Instructions & downloads) as you listen. Then work through the exercises that correspond to the sections you've listened to.

To work on improving your pronunciation and fluency, choose some useful phrases from what you've listened to and imitate their pronunciation - repeat those words and phrases many times. Pronounce whole phrases, not just words, because the pronunciation of words in English varies according to context. Repeat these phrases until they're relatively easy to say.

This is slow work, but you'll be building up a repertoire of phrases that you'll be able to use fluently in your speaking!

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi guys, i keep learning english, but at (e.g. 1.52) i don't understand well what rob says: i think we use that quite..... until (1.59), i was wondering if anyone could complete my phrase.

thank you.


Hi rosario70,

Rob says: "I think we use that quite often when we have something exciting to tell our friends. 'You'll never guess who I saw in town today' or 'You'll never guess what John told me yesterday'..."

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Ooops!I'm sorry!
"Suit" is also an "elegant dress".
I beg your pardon.

Hello Giuseppe29,

'A suit' (generally worn by a man) is not the same thing as 'an elegant dress' (generally worn by a woman).  A suit is one kind of elegant dress ('dress' here with no article means 'clothing'), but it is not the same as 'an elegant dress'.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi all!
Can you help me to understand the first exercise/question in the second task, please?
Why is "need" the correct answer?
I usually don't wear a suit for a wedding, so I don't need to wear a suit.
Thank you in advance for your help!