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

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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


Thank you peter M

excuse me, "wellies"??? what that?
thanks a lot guys!!!

Hi Elgun,

wellie is in our dictionary - it will refer you to the entry for wellington, which is often abbreviated to wellie or welly, which becomes wellies in the plural. As you'll see, Stephen is talking about the kind of clothing you should wear if you're going to work on an archaeological dig.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Ladies and gentlemen!
First, I'm really grateful for making these stuff available for public. I really appreciate. But I need your advice as you're experts.
I can't recognize the way of Stephen's accent at 00:15. In general, I find it difficult to understand what Brits and Americans say when they talk quickly and slip some letters strangely. How can I adapt with that?
I'm afraid it's bad question!
thanks anyway

Hello everyone!
Could you help me please?
I have read in here that "We use going to to talk about plans decided before the moment of speaking."
But in podcast Stephen said, "You are going to love this museum". And at another time Ashlie said, " Stephen, I’m not even sure they’re going to let you use that thing".
Please help me, because I am very confused!
Ashlie and Stephen haven't decided to talk about this in the past. They thought about it at the time of speaking. Why didn't they use Future past, because "We use will to talk about plans decided at the moment of speaking"?

Hi Yulia_V,

Both going to and will are used in more than one way - these uses are explained in much more detail on our talking about the future page. In the examples you cite with going to, it is used to make a prediction about the future ("when we can see that something is likely to happen").

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

It's a excellent video and a beatuful city, congratulations.
what means: History hunting's dirty work?.

Hello exekiel61,

It means 'investigating history is dirty work' - in other words, you have to get muddy and messy as you look in old places, dig in the ground and so on.  That's why Stephen says 'bring your wellies' (wellington boots)!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dears:
why this video is not downloading.


It's playing fine for me. What sort of computer are you using to watch it?

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team