Notting Hill Carnival grew out of Caribbean traditions. Today, it is an event where all cultures come together. As Nick’s been finding out, the UK truly is multicultural.

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Task 1

Vocabulary Task

Match the words in the box with the descriptions underneath.


Task 2

Vocabulary Task

Read the questions and select the correct answers.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Could you please help me?
I looked up the words "mark" and "stain". However, in the following sentence, I can't decide the difference in usage.
- The bark of the tree had made black (stains - marks) on his trousers.
I appreciate your helping me. Thank you so much.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

'Mark' is a very general word. You can make marks on a page with a pen or on a wall with a stone. The weather can leave marks on clothes and time leaves marks on your face.

'Stain' is more specific. It is usually negative (something you do not want) and it is not just on the outside, but in some way has combined with the material so it is hard to remove. Paint leaves stains on your clothes, for example.

In your example I think 'stain' is probably the best choice.



The LearnEnglish Team

Could you please help me?
What is the difference between "sculpture" and "carving"? In the following sentence, can we use both?
- I read a book about the history of European painting and (sculpture - carving).
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,


Carving in the artistic sense refers to a way of making something by scraping away parts of it. The material is usually hard rather than soft. Carving is one technique in scultpure. When used as a noun, carving usually describes a pattern made in something flat or small, such as a wall or a piece of wood.


Sculpture has a broad meaning. It creates free-standing forms which can be abstract or representational (especially of people). Examples include the Moai from Easter Island, the Venus of Willendorf, the Angel of the North and Michelangelo's David.



The LearnEnglish Team

So, do you mean that both words are OK in this sentence or only one of them?
Thank you

Hello again Ahmed Imam

I'm afraid neither Peter nor I can say without knowing more about the book that you're referring to. Usually a book that addresses painting will probably also look at sculpture in general (rather than just carving), but as I said, that really depends on what the book is about.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Good afternoon, everyone
Yes I was visited some countries that have different culture and it seems to be really interesting to see how people behave in different in different country and what they do what they eat what kind of rituals they have during the year it is a really really good experience. This place where I live now it really is multicultural I think we have at least five or maybe ten cultures here and when the people live in peace without any problem everything is good we can share our thoughts about what we think . And you can learn new things about how to eat something in a healthier way that you have eat before an for me is really interesting,I think in my country unfortunately there more emigration than
immigration, what I heard till now they're just a few countries that they choose our country to live or to came here for work most of them I think they're Chinese I think we have one of the largest Chinese bazaar with the Chinese items and I think we have Hungarian community and a community of Bulgarian. And I think we have a real ancient community of German people right in the middle of the country it happens this and anyway it looks interesting because they keep their culture during the years even they have lived here in our country.

Hello Team,
where can I find the video about "Seat on the Street" on this website for Word on the Street?
Thank you for your attention
Tania C H Isern

Hello Tania,

I'm afraid you won't be able to find that here, as the only segments from Word on the Street that we have are the ones you can see. There are other segments, like the one you ask about, but we don't have them. I'm not sure if they're available anywhere at the BBC, but you might want to check there.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Team.
I remember this lesson :
"When one verb is followed by another, the second verb can either be an infinitive or an -ing form"
What about this one :
Derek : yes, the shadow is deliberate to try to show our past, where we've come from.
Is Derek's sentence ( "to try to show") correct gramatically?
Would you please to help me?
Thank you.