Ashlie surprises Stephen by beating him to the top of the mountain.

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Task 1

Comprehension Task

Do you know anywhere where you can travel on steam trains in your country?

Answer these questions.


Task 2

Comprehension Task

Can you fill in the gaps in the sentences with the correct numbers?



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi there, what did Ashlie mean by "it's a shame about the view though"?

Hi there,
The weather was foggy and cloudy and the view wasn't clear especially for taking photos.

I agree with roza22. In a place like that, I think the landscape was really amazing, so it's a shame about the view, of course! :o)

i would like to know  about word ( sounds cosy!) where the word used by stephen in coffee shop at the top mountains .And i wana know  when the people usually use this word and what exact situation they use?
and i`m also looking for this sort of stuff,if there is any podcast or video  available in British council .
Best regards,

Hi There,
I love "word in the street " you know why First, I acquire more information about London I have never seen London before I dream to visit London just one time, Second I am learing Grammer with very easy way But you know I did not understand when I hear the conversation from first time should be read the transcript first , Hopefully I understand conversation in first time in the future .
Thank you so much about this site and keep going in this way

I Just wondering  how is the last train gone and still so many people over there in the top of mountain !!!

 Maybe they will walk down!

In this scene I found two phrases of which I don't get the real meaning:
1) it's a shame about the view though (particularly shame about and though in that position);
2) do you every get stuck up here? (particularly every in that position).
If you could be very patient, I would have other two expressions to ask you:
1) smooth running (read in The Guardian: perhaps, to go on without problems or ostacles?);
2) to get a wriggle on (read in The Archers!)
Thank you very very much and best wishes.

Hello Sergio,
You can find the meaning of most of these words by entering them in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online box on the right side of the page.
If we say it's a shame about something, we mean that it's an unlucky situation and 'though' is there to contrast with the previous sentence. 'Every' was an error in the transcript, which I've corrected. It now says 'ever'.
'Smooth running' can mean that a procedure went ahead without problems, but it can have other meanings too. It's not possible to know what the meaning is without seeing the whole sentence. 'Get a wriggle on' means something similar to 'hurry up', but it's not very common in my experience.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot, Adam, you're really kind.
Bye for now!