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Music Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen take a look at ‘play’, ‘live’ and ‘mind’ and how they can be used in different ways.

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello Kirk!!

Thanks for your answer.
I didn't know this.

Best wishes,

Hello Peter !!!

I so sorry, I reply your message by email. Marta told me you can't access that mailbox.
Thanks for your advice. I didn't know this trick.

I saw the cambridge dictionary and I couldn't see the diference between specially and especially. Both are adverbs and they have the same meaning (especialmente).
I can see that I made a mistake when I copied the word, but I can see the diference. Are there one?

These are the dictionary examples:
"These insects are quite common, especially in hot countries."
"I picked these flowers specially for you"

Best wishes,

Hello teachers!!!
I can't do sentence N°3 in task 1
I tryed all posible answers, but none is OK.
I supouse that it's correct " I love a play by Shakespeare, specially his tragedies", doesn't it?


Hello Daniel,

If you click the button marked 'Finish' you'll be able to see the correct answers. I think it might be helpful also for you to look up (using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of the page) the difference between 'specially' and 'especially'...

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hello teachers,
I just want to know if i say "where did you learn playing the guitar like that. instead of where did you learn to play the guitar like that?" which one is correct.And also i want to know the meaning of mind in sentence no-5 and 6 of task 3.

Trying task 2, when "live" rhymes with give (verb) or five (adj)?

Is there any explanations about the sound of words in this site? same writing, different sound?


hi guys, i have only a small problem in this clip e.g. 3.34 until e.g. 3.39, i can't understand very well what rgb said.

i hope someone can help me.

thank you so much.


Hello rosario70,

Rob says: "If something's catchy -  a name or a song - it catches you, it gets hold of your attention, like a song with a really catchy tune."

Please remember that the language focus sections of each episode are designed to explain certain language points. It's not necessary to understand every word that you hear; only to understand the key points being made.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello...thanks to word on the street team for the english course...I really love it

I want to ask something, can I change play the piano with play a piano?..thanks before

Hello niken.rizky,

When we want to say that a person knows how to play an instrument, we use 'the' before the instrument, not 'a':

He plays the guitar.

He plays the flute.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team