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Christmas Scene 1

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...

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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


People usually give presents which they have wanted to buy or they have needed to each other, Christmas present (or new year present according to my culture) doesn't have to be very big, it can be small. The important thing is thinking for another person and making him/her happy.I know that decorations are made with pine trees, lights, colorful balls etc.

Christmas is a special day. People buy each other precious gifts

ı think christmas present have to be special

In my country the christmas doesn't celebrate because of our religion.
I don't have any idea about British Christmas.

I find a problem listening because they speak fast. Please, how can I find a solution? thank you

Hello player one,

I'd recommend you use the transcript as a support. It's a good idea to watch a video once without any support first, to see if you can understand anything. Even if you understand nothing or very little, it's still a good idea to listen once. Then either open the Transcript (below the exercises) or to download and print it (see under Downloads for a pdf of the transcript) and to play the video while reading the transcript. It's probably a good idea to do this several times. Pay special attention to the phrases or sentences that you find difficult and listen to just those parts several times, too. 

To get the most out of the video, you should identify some words, phrases and sentences that you'd like to learn. They can be new vocabulary or vocabulary you understand but don't use. Write them down in a notebook so you can revise them from time to time, and then it's also a good idea to practise pronouncing them - use the video as a model to imitate. Say them again and again until they are easier for you to pronounce. This will not only help your speaking, but slowly, your listening comprehension will improve as well.

What I'm suggesting requires quite a bit of work, but the advantage is that you can really learn a lot this way. But you're of course welcome to use each episode in any way you please.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

OK, thank you so much Kirk for your tips!

could you please explain me the difference between "to be supposed to" and "to be expected to"?
Stephen said: "Ashlie and I are supposed to be doing some last-minute Christmas shopping".
is it ok to say "Ashlie and I are expected to be doing some last-minute Christmas shopping" instead?
thank you very much in avance.

Hello robtag,

That's a great question! First of all, 'expected to' is used in formal contexts, whereas 'supposed to' is used more informally – though I'm sure you could find it in somewhat formal contexts as well. 'supposed to' also has a wider range of meanings. For example, it can be used to talk about what is expected or what someone has to do according to the rules, but is also very often used to speak about a situation in which things are not happening as expected, which is what's happening here – they are skating instead of shopping. 'expected to' isn't generally used this way.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello robtag,

Yes, analysing how these two phrases are used should help you understand them better. I'd recommend looking both 'supposed to' and 'expect' up in the dictionary to see the example sentences. In general, the contexts in which both have the same meaning are relatively few, but, for example, in weather forecasts both 'It's expected to rain today' and 'It's supposed to rain today' have the same meaning. You'll see various examples of 'supposed to' in the dictionary – and you can even look it up in other dictionaries, e.g. Oxford, to see more.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team