Britain's countryside is great, rich with lakes, mountains and monuments. Richard goes to the Lake District first, before crossing the border to Wales.

Task 1

Which is the best title for this video?

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Task 2

The numbers in this exercise are in the video. What do they refer to?

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Task 3

Can you make sentences from the video using these words?

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Task 4

Richard said "This area is said to be one of the most beautiful in Great Britain." Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first one. You can't use the word 'people' and you must use the word in brackets.

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Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Hi annalmondo,

You can find a link to the worksheet just below the activity window. Look for a link headed:

Countryside is Great Part 1 - Support Pack.pdf

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Teachers,
Excuse me, I think that there is one Number mistaken in the transcipt. On 1:57 in the video, I have tried to listen many times and look at the mouth of the woman, I think that the Number is 1.25 million, not 1.35 million.
Thank you so much.

Hello JellyNguyen,

It's great that you investigated this so carefully, however I'm afraid that she does indeed say '1.35 million'. The initial consonants 'thr' are indeed a bit difficult to hear, but the vowel sound is clearly /iː/ ('ee') and so the number must be 'three'; the vowel sound in 'two' is /u:/.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello teachers,
First of all, if I heard well there is one word missed out in transcript but it has been placed in the video. "... we carry on average 1.35 million passengers A YEAR on our boats." That is found on 1:59 in the video.

Second, when Ms Jacqui says "...Windermere Lake Cruises is one of the top tourist attractions in the north-west of England so when you come to this area, come and cruise on the lake, definitely - it must be done!" What does she mean with the phrase "It must be done" If I realised from context, she meant that it means something like "that is it" or "that is something you always wanted" or "that is perfect" or something like that. If I am completely wrong could you please explain me a bit about it?

The last one question is about phrase "I am WILD about Windermere, but what about Wales?" Please, what is the meaning of the word wild here? When I checked in the dictionary I couldn't find appropriate meaning, moreover I don't know is it an adjective or a noun in this sentence.

Thank you in advance

Hello andeo,

You are correct about the missing words. Thank you for pointing this out. I have corrected the transcript.

The phrase 'it must be done' here means 'it is so good that everyone should do it'. It's a way of emphasising advice or suggestions. For example, if you are recommending a restaurant then you might say 'You really must go'.

'Wild about' means 'very enthusiastic about'. Again, it's a way of emphasising a strong feeling.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. This is very great place to visit and relax. I love countryside because I grew up in the countryside in my country, Laos. But everything is definitely different.
I have some questions about vocabularies in this video; How different meaning between
'varied' and 'different', 'stunning' and 'beautiful', 'harbour' and 'pier'. If there are similar meanings, could I use the same situations. Again, could you explain the word 'appealing'. Is it similar to interesting.
Thank you very much for helping to improve my English skill.

Hello Nouytha,

You can find definitions and examples of these words by using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box on the lower right side of this page. I think that will help you understand the differences between all of these words, but if anything is still not clear, please don't hesitate to ask us about it. Also, please note that sometimes we simply don't use certain words together. We don't say 'a high woman' for example; we say 'a tall woman', even though 'high' and 'tall' essentially mean the same thing. This is called collocation.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I prefer living in the city. But the England countryside may change my preference, I confess. It's inspiring.

Serendipity

I wonder why the title to be C. "a visit to some British varied landscapes". I thought it would be B. Is it because Richard refers to Wales national park in the video? Thank you for your help.

Hello Keiko,

I think C makes the most sense as a title because at the beginning, Richard introduces his visit to Lake Windermere in the context of the best of the British countryside and varied landscape. Also, at the end, he mentions Snowdonia, so even though it's true that what we primarily see in the video is the Lake District, it's an example of the different kinds of landscape that you can find around Britain.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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