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The City of London

Nick talks about the history of The Thames and then is shown around a houseboat on the river. Later, he meets some artists who create incredible images of London in the future.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Comprehension Task

Fill in the gaps in the sentences with the words from the box.


Task 2

Comprehension Task

Read the questions about the video and select the right answers.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello from tunisia
This video made me love London , it looks beautiful and nice city.

The rivers needs to the plants to grow and for people to drink, washing e.t.c.
There is a Volga River in my country which is the most famous.
I would like to live in a river if there will be the necessary conditions, of course.

Hello from Mexico

I really enjoyed this lesson, I have practiced and improve listening and grammar skills... It's an excellent topic because I have learned about present perfect and something about London life.

Best regards!

Edith Ayala

hello everybody. I love these videos. It is such an amazing material. I´ve got something I´d like to ask.
It´s really hard for me to understand when at 0.45¨ he says " with a huge port". That made me go to the transcript. I´d really appreciate if someone could explain to me how he connects these word to sound like that. Some teachers say that you don´t have to understand all the words in a phase because you can get the main idea by the context, but in this case, I am missing an important detail. so what do you recommend me to help me to became a better English listener?.

Hello Armandito,

As I hear it, there are three main parts here: 'with a', 'huge' and 'port'. The first two words sound as if they are one and the 'th' in 'with' is reduced to something more like a 'd' or perhaps is even almost omitted, which makes it difficult to hear.

The word 'huge' is pronounced with an intonation that is common when we want emphasise how large something is. This is a bit redundant, really, as 'huge' is already a strong adjective, but this is the way people speak.

Finally, the final 't' in 'port' is also difficult to hear, coming as it does at the end of the sentence and after the word 'huge', which has been emphasised with intonation.

Does that help?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

London looks very nice. I like it and I would want to line in a houseboat on the Thames river.

I love London and anything that has to do with this city. I have never lived there though. I have visited it so many times, and I still haven't seen everything I would like to see there. It has got so many things to offer. "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. " Samuel Johnson

In the transcript (time code 3:20 - 3:22) Gareth said: "Well, some scientists think we might experience a new mini ice age with very cold winters and in the summer we’d experience flooding due to melting ice sheets. " What does "we’d experience" stand for? It stands for we would, right? why the first sentence he uses " might" and then he doesn't use " might"?

Hello XuMinHa,

'Would' here is used to describe a hypothetical future. The speaker uses 'might' to suggest a future possibility and then goes on to describe it in hypothetical terms. There is an implied if-clause in the sentence:

Some people think we might experience... If this were true then we would experience... 



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your help