Richard shows us the best way to see London's many sights, travels back in time to the Warwick Castle of 500 years ago... and gets into a sword fight!

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Select the things Richard did.

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Task 2

Put the descriptive phrases with the places they describe to make complete sentences.

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Task 3

Type the right preposition in the space to complete the sentence.

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Task 4

Can you make these sentences from Warwick Castle's visitors' guide?

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Upper intermediate: B2

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if I would in London, the first thing I would have visited Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. I'm from Russia, in our country there are many historical sites that attract tourists from different countries. The most famous of them are the Moscow Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kunstkamera - museum of anthropology and ethnography.
500 years ago, in my opinion, people loved and lived as today. During this time, many things have changed in our world, but human values are the same, in spite of the war and global conflicts between the world powers.

If I was visiting London, I'd definitely go to Buckingham Palace and a variety of museums. I'd take many photos on Tower Bridge and other places. I'd enjoy Shakespeare plays, and go on a ride on London Eye. Also I'd do lots of shopping in markets, and have some fish and chips.

There are so many historical places in China. I'd like be a tour guide if anybody wants to visit there. I guarantee you see the best sights and taste the best food!

Life in 500 years ago must be horrible. I don't think I would ever be able to get used to it. People would have no shower or toilet, no air conditioner or heater, plus houses would probable have not been air tight or water tight. There would be no place to hide away from summer scorch and winter chill. There was no antibiotics and other drugs. I'd sincerely hope I never became sick. Even there were possibly things that attract modern people, I would not like to swap my time with a medieval person.

Hi dear teachers,

I am wondering what hop on and off means in this context and I would be greatfull if you clarify it to me. I've no idea what the meaning of this phrase would be. Here is the whole sentence.

...one way to see the sights is to hop on and hop off an open-top London bus.

Thank you! Sincerely

Hello andeo,

You can find the answer to this in my response to kristina26.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I would love to see the Warwick castle and the famous London Bridge. We are rich in historical places from old churches, parks and houses. 500 years ago, I suppose my country is very peaceful, people are loving and warm until we've been colonized and war begins and there is no freedom.

It would be great if we could download these videos. I am having some problem with the sound. is it possible to download these videos to watch later?

Hi naghmairam,

I'm afraid that these videos are not available for download, as they are under copyright. We'd be happy to help you with the sound, but could you tell us more specifically what happens? Are you able to listen to other audio such as Word on the Street videos or Elementary Podcasts?

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

500 years ago in my country, Argentina, lived the native people, they were colonized by Spain.
My grand parents came here nearly 1930, they had to leave your homeland in Armenia.

I´d like to go to London and visit The Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and Warwick Castle. I love Castles.
I live in Argentina and we have a lot of historical places, but not much as Britain because is a young country.
I didn't undestand the last question. Is it About life in my country 500 year ago?

Hi herty,

Yes, the question is about life in your country 500 years ago, though you can speak about another place if you'd like.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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