Ashlie and Stephen are getting ready for Christmas. They need to buy presents and decorate the tree, but there's still time for a bit of ice-skating...

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


thank you very much its so nice and helpful topic

Hi, there thank you very much, it really interesting. merry Christmas

hi does anyone know about the difference between specially and Especially

Hi javad445,

The two words are very close in meaning but there is a small difference.

'Especially' can be used to modify an adjective to suggest that it was more so than any others:  'That film was especially good.' [good compared to all other films]

It can also be used to modify an adverb in a similar way: 'We played especially well in our last match.' [well compared to our other matches]

'Specially' is usually used to mean deliberately for a certain person or goal:

'We made the cake specially for you.' [if you weren't here, we wouldn't have made it]

'Specially prepared paper is used for the books.' [this is not ordinary paper]

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hi dears,
i have a problem in watching scenes. would you please help and guide me.
thank you in advance.

Hello elhamemady,

We know that some of our members in Iran sometimes have problems accessing the videos on LearnEnglish.  To help with this, we've tried to include alternative viewing options with some videos.  These are accessed via a link titled 'Can't see the video? Click here!' but this is not yet available on this video.  You can find such a link, for example, in the 'How to...' series, such as on this page.

I'm sorry that you're having problems.  We are trying to do what we can to enable all members to access all of our videos but it will take some time for us to put links like this on all of the video pages.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hello .thank you very much safaa and peter for your advice.

Stephen's Christmas tree was really awful :)
By the way Happy Christmas for everyone!!!

hi l just want to know what's mean this sentence "As long as you don’t get too much. "


As Safaa S. says, 'as long as' here means the same as 'if' or 'on the condition that'.  The whole sentence, therefore, means something like:

'You can get some decorations on the condition that you don't get too many.'

You'll notice that Ashlie uses an informal, non-standard, form ('too much') rather than the form that we would usually use with countable nouns ('too many').  This kind of non-standard use is not unusual in colloqial, chatty speech between friends.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team