Stephen's friend comes to London and Ashlie and Stephen show him around.

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Dear The LearnEnglish Team! 
Thanks a lot for another great video. The more I watch it the more I dream of visiting London for a while as Jazz have done.
I wonder if you could explain me how many time Jazz spent in London. According Task 3 Question 2 - he came in London for TWO days. But Ash said that Steven had brought his friend for A FEW days. Does two equal a few?
And one more thing. Would you be so kind to put in another words a phrase I came accross while reading the book. "Five will get you ten" - is it an idiom or proverb? What does it mean?
Thank you for your help.
Best wishes, Andrew.
 
 

 Hi Andrew,
"A few" means 2 or more, but normally not more than 4 or 5. But you can also say "A few hundred..." or "A few thousand..." meaning maybe 200 or 3000 as in "A few hundred people turned up for the football match".
 
"Five'll get you ten" is common gambling parlence. It means that if you bet 5, you'll get ten back, or 2:1 odds or in other words "a sure thing" or a pretty good bet. It's used in the famous song Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin and many others:
Oh there's a tugboat down, down by the river dontcha know
Where a cement bag's just a'drooppin' on down
That cement's there, it's there for the weight, dear
Five'll get ya ten old Macky's back in town
 

Hi Paddywack,
I hope you are well.
Thank you very much for your detailed explanation. Now it's more clearer. But I still in doubt as to how long exactly Jazz has been in London. Five'll get you ten (I bet) you could help me. 
The song you mentioned is absolutely fantastic. I'd heard that funny tune many times but only now I've realized what it's about. Where is my blissfull ignorance?
Best wishes, 
Andrew
   

Hi Andrew,
The term 'a few' is one that not everyone agrees on. Some people think that it means 'two or more', others think it means 'three or four', others that it means 'three to ten'. You can see a discussion of that on this page.
Since it's likely to lead to confusion, I've changed task 3 question 2 to be clearer.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

 its so beautiful vidio

Hello Everyone, I would like go to England, I had a short time to live at netherlands, I can not go to there because I have no visa from England. I just a student, and I have no money, But I want to go to london so much, I have to practice my english for a trip come to london in the future. sorry My english too bad.

It's amazing!   I remember grateful when I visited London in August 2010 and walked around Picadilly Circus.

I liked it.Thanks...

its good vedio :)
 

I am also want to visit but i've no friend in London, I think London is nice and beautiful, peoples are quit friendly. When i'll be in London, i' will have a good time.   THANKS

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