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Notting Hill Scene 2

Stephen and Ashlie both dance their way through the carnival, but will they be able to find each other in their costumes?

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Task 1

Comprehension Task

What problems did Stephen and Ashlie have?

Read the questions and choose the correct answers.


Task 2

Comprehension Task 2

Fill in the sentences from the episode with the correct adjectives.




Language level

Intermediate: B1


I liked Notting hill carnival, someday I will be there, Hopefully

Hi, all
these is sentences :"It took me ages to find you"
that i dont know that mean

Thank Petter

Hello everyone as usual I enjoy to share my thoughts with you, here.
sometimes in the past when we don't have mobile phone to use it we usually you we try to find a place where when we could meet in case we get lost. In this way it really works because what I remember now is, I don't think some of us have got lost in one of the parade or concert, actually we don't have many carnival in my country most of them are concerts big big concerts.
But nowadays it's really easy because we have the technology of using a mobile phone all the time and it's quite hard to get lost using a mobile phone and if you really know the place where you are and the sights in that area,but I think all the time when you go to a concert to avoid to get lost to someone is better to point a place where you could meet in case you'll get lost.When I go to a carnival usually I expect to see fabulous costume and it depends if the carnival is in the summer I expect to see really colored costumes if the carnival is in the winter I expect to see people that wear white in most white on most of the costumes and if the carnival is from New Year, I expect to see people in all and all kind of different costumes it doesn't matter I think in the new year you could wear whatever you want. To be honest I don't know what kind of costumes I should see when I go to a carnival I really like to see strange and unusual costumes. I enjoy all kind of costumes, it doesn't matter what kind of they are.But the most important thing for me is that the next month I'm going to go to a Carnival that will occur in Spain the name is Feria I'm sure you have heard about it. I'm looking forward to it.

Hi Sir!
Could you tell me what are the differences between a carnival and a festival, costumes and dresses or outfits?

Hello Akbar Safi,

Please look up these words in the dictionary. Then, if the differences between them are still not clear, you are welcome to ask us specific questions -- explain to use what you understand or don't understand so that we can provide you more useful answers.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir!
In simple words, carnival is a celebration in which people come out to the streets, wearing some unusual dresses, they dance and eat food etc. It's not a religious activity. While 'festival' is based on some religious beliefs and observed on a special day like we Muslims celebrate two festivals in a year i.e. the one after the holy month 'Ramadan' and the other is 'Eidul Azha' in which animals are sacrificed.
'costumes' are typical of a country like the ones we Pashtoon wear and 'dresses' I think may be any dress or clothes in combinations. While 'outfits' are the clothes wear for a particular occasion or activity. A little bit confuse here for the outfit, not sure about it.

Hi Akbar Safi,

Festivals can be religious in origin but they can also be based on other traditions. A carnival is a particular type of festival which involves parades, costumes, music and dancing.

'Dress' can be very general. We can talk about 'fancy dress', 'dress sense', 'a dress code' and so on. It's not used usuallt to talk about specific clothing. However, the same word is also used to describe a particular type of women's clothing.

Outfit describes a set of clothes (not just one item) for a particular occasion. For example, you might complement a guest on their 'lovely outfit' at a wedding. It's not a particularly common word.

A costume is a set of clothes which are intended to make a person look like a particular thing. Circus performers wear costumes, as do super heroes and actors in the theatre.


When you are trying to understand the differences between words like this definitions are a good starting point but not all you need. The differences are based in use and convention and cannot be fully expressed as rules or limitations of meaning. In order to grasp these distinctions you need to see (hear) the words in context, not just think about definitions. It is how the words are used which is key, not the dictionary definition.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much Sir!