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History Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen talk about American English and some uses of passive verb forms.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.

Task 1

Click on the American English word to complete each sentence.

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Task 2

Can you remember the American English words from Task 1? Type in the words to complete the sentences.

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Task 3

Complete the sentences with the correct passive expressions for talking about landmarks.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

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I can't see the video and even the tasks . what can i do pleas?

Hello mohamad hossam,

I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems with the site. It sounds like the problem may well be a compatibility issue. It's necessary to have a Flash-compatible browser and system, and if you are using a mobile device, for example, such as a tablet or phone then this may be a problem. Try accessing the site from a different device, such as a laptop or desktop computer, to see if this solves the problem.

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Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi!
I want to know about different uses of gerund,sir.

Hello asadulhaq,

The gerund is a noun formed from a verb and ending in -ing. It can be used in any way in which any noun can be used, as a subject or as an object. You can find more information on -ing forms, including gerund forms, on this page.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

So, how I can understand the main form of past tense?

Hello luis lemans,

You can find information and exercises about past tenses on our grammar pages, such as this one and this one, for example. You'll also see an index on the right of those pages which you can use to find other grammar areas.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear team leaders

how can I improve my spoken English.

thank you

Hello hailu asemelash,

I'd suggest you work through Word on the Street episodes with the following method. Start with first video in an episode. First, watch the video two or three times just listening and watching, and then listen to it again while reading the transcript. Read the transcript carefully and work out what everything means.

To work on improving your pronunciation and fluency, choose some useful phrases from the transcript 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 to some degree 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 that you'll be able to use in your speaking. If you can practise speaking English with other people who speak it well (they don't have to be natives), that will also help you a great deal, but you can also just say the phrases to yourself to practice them.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

thanks for the lesson. can I get the transcript.pdf, please ?

Hi toota sudan,

I'm afraid that Word on the Street Language Focus episodes don't have transcripts. If you have a question about a specific short segment (e.g. 2:20-2:27), then please ask it here - another user or one of us will try to help you.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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