Stephen and Ashlie drive north to York. Stephen surprises Ashlie with a Roman ring - and a museum she actually likes!

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

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

'I thought we could....' is a way of making a polite suggestion. 




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


it's the first time i hear about York and i really would like to visit it one day !!
but Ashly said when they arrived to the museum " the smell is pretty bad " is " pretty " here means " too much ? "
Thank you so much!

Hello Kominam,
York is a fascinating place with so much history - Roman, Viking, Medieval and more, and it has some great museums too.  I hope you get your wish and visit it some day!
The word 'pretty' here means something between 'very' and 'quite'.  It's a very common use of the word in modern English.  For example:
'It's a pretty good film' = 'It's quite a good film'
I hope that clarifies it for you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I just loved this exercise. It was amazing. I got some information about York history and I have learned english grammar

York is beautiful, want to be there.

It's really exciting to travel to York with your help

hi l am a new in this site

York....I was there month ago...lovely city....

hello ım demet ı can be aflight attendant at airlines firstly want to see york

I have a question, In the transcription Ash ask for some things in the showcase and she use "These", the shopkeeper answer (Those are Romans). why Ash use "These" and the Showkeeper use "Those" if the things are in the same place ??? 
Ashlie: Excuse me. Are these real?
Shopkeeper: They are. Those are Roman.
Thaks a lot 

Hello Jordi,

'These' and 'those' are very much context-dependent in their use.  If I am holding something in my hands then I will tend to say 'these'; if I am looking at someone else holding them then I will say 'those'.  We also often use them in contast to one another, so if something points to something and says 'this' or 'these' then another person, even if they are close by, will often use 'that' or 'those'.  In the video, Ashlie is pointing to something in the glass cabinet; she is close to it and the fact she is pointing makes it similar to the example I gave above of holding something.  The shop owner follows the convention, in a similar way to the example of holding above, of matching Ashlie's 'these' with a reply of 'those'.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team