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Flathunting Scene 1

Ashlie is not happy with her flat, so Stephen offers to help her find somewhere better. That sounds easy, doesn't it?

Task 1

Can you match the flats with the descriptions?

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Task 2

Type the missing word or words in the space to finish the sentence.

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Task 3

Finish the phrases for describing flats by using the words given.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Hi bibi,
No, it just means the colour! Ashlie thinks there are too many things that are pink in her flat.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, everyone! I'm new here. But I've been learning Word On Street videos for a long time. The first place I got a chance to follow these videos is from Stephen's own Facebook. He posted his work there. I love him from performing everything to Girls Aloud concert tours. Well, I guess it's time for me to start posting some comments, so I'll be writing something from now on. Actually, I find myself doing poorly when it comes to English listening ability. And since the Learn English teacher team have designed the new exercises that are included filling-the-words-you-hear-in-the-video-to-the-blank part. I really realize how poorly I am at listening!
I especially can't seem to hear what Ashlie says word-by-word when I have to fill in the answers on her part. Like, when she should say, "I feel really at home here." I don't think she says the word "at". I think she drops it. It seems to me she says, "I feel really home here" with the sound of "home" very close to "harm". Does anyone see this way like me? What should I do to improve my hearing ability?
Thanks for reading,
Pongsatorn from Thailand

Hello Mingdusy!
 
I'm glad you like our website and the Word on the Street videos! In answer to your problem, though, I think it is a sign that your listening is pretty good, actually!
 
What you are hearing (or rather, not hearing) is a very common feature of native speech, called weak forms. When we are speaking at full speed, we often de-emphasise less important words. One example is can - we normally say this as close to 'cun' or even 'cn' unless we want to emphasise it - then we say can strongly. Prepositions often get weakened too, so instead of saying at clearly, Ashlie uses the weak form, which sounds more like ut. Listen carefully, and you may be able to hear it!
 
The harm is Ashlie's accent, so I shouldn't worry too much about it - but again, it's a good sign that you notice it!
 
If you still want to improve your listening, then keep listening! If you've enjoyed the Word on the Street videos, you might also like our soap opera, Big City Small World, or for more of a challenge, try some of our audio magazine listenings. To practice listening for weak forms, read the transcript at the same time, and listen out for them!
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team 
 

Yes, same with me. It's not clearly enough for me when hearing them say "at" or "it is"... I think it's because asian like us pronounce it in different ways.

Dear friends,
 
It's really amazing video,

Awesome video ♥ I hope there will be more episodes. ☺  

Hello everyone!
 
First of all...of course...sorry for my english!
This video is very useful; actually I think the whole site is so great, full of useful information. Me and my girlfriend we will move to London for six months ... we hope to find a job and an house! ... in the meantime we can improve our English here! 
thank you very much to all the staff!

It's very good .
 

Hello dear Sir or Madam
I can not watch the video,even I clicked I cant see the video and it did not work.
I would be grateful If you could guide me. 
Your faithfully 

i've just registered but I still can't see the videos, why??? I used to be able to watch them before even when I had not registered.

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