Transport and Travel Scene 1

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

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


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What do you do if you go on a ‘tour of the city’?
  • What kind of things do you like to do when you visit a place on holiday?

Watch Stephen and Ashlie welcome their friend Jazz to London.



Stephen: There she is! 

Ashlie: Hi!

Stephen: Great to see you Ash – this is Jazz.

Ashlie: Hi, nice to meet you, Jazz. 

Jazz: Nice to meet you Ashlie. I have never been here before. I have always wanted to visit London.    

Ashlie: Wow, this is your first visit to London – you’ve never been here before? Well, I’m glad you could come – we’re really looking forward to showing you around.

Stephen: Come on. Let’s get going.

Ashlie: Here, let me help you with this bag. What have you got in here? It weighs a ton.

Stephen: Oh - come on. We need to get a move on.

Ashlie: Stephen’s brought his friend Jazz over to London for a few days. So we’re going to give him a tour of the city and show him the sights.

Stephen: Come on Ash - we need to get to central London for your surprise.

Ashlie: Surprise? What for me? I’ve got a surprise!


Stephen: Hi there. 

Cab Driver: Hi.

Stephen: We need to get to the River Thames. Can you take us to Embankment – near the tube station?

Cab Driver: Embankment Station, OK.

Ashlie: Oh no! My bag! Where’s my bag? I can’t believe it… I’ve lost it. Damn it! I’m going to have to go back there and get it.

Stephen: Did you have it with you on the train? Are you sure you had it with you on the train? 

Jazz: You had your bag on the train, definitely – you put it on the... err... How do you say that in English?  

Stephen: The luggage rack – yeah. Did you put it on the luggage rack, Ash?  

Ashlie: You’re right - I’m sure I had it with me on the train. Oh my gosh! My phone! My phone is in my bag. Oh, I’m going to have to go back. 

Stephen: But Ashlie, you’ll miss the surprise.

Ashlie: Oh, how annoying! You guys go on ahead and I’ll catch you up later.

Stephen: Are you sure?

Ashlie: Yes, don’t worry. I’ll give you a call later.


Jazz: Oh gosh! This is an amazing city. What is that building over there?

Stephen: Oh, that’s the Royal Albert Hall... I hope we’re going to get there on time.

Jazz: The traffic in London is terrible. Is the traffic always this bad?

Stephen: Ah - you should see it in rush hour. Sometimes it’s quicker to walk. In fact, maybe we should… are you OK with walking?

Jazz: Is it a long way?

Stephen: It’s about ten minutes' walk to the flat from here.

Jazz: OK, that’s fine. I think we can manage with these bags.

Stephen: Can you pull over here, please?


Stephen: It’s only half an hour to the surprise – we’ll have to hurry.

Jazz: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, wait, I want to take a photo. Wow, I have never seen anything like this before. Where are we? What is this place called?

Stephen: This is Piccadilly Circus. There’s always loads of tourists round here. 

Jazz: Wow, I must take a photograph, just one minute.

Stephen: When we get to Trafalgar Square, we can stop for a quick rest. Come on. Jazz…

Stephen: What’s that? It’s a phone. Is that your phone?

Jazz: No.

Jazz: Hey, I don’t believe it. Look what I’ve found! Isn’t this Ashlie’s bag? It’s her phone!

Stephen: What? Oh no! We had it all along. Poor Ashlie. I’m going to answer it. Hello?

Ashlie: Stephen? 

Stephen: Hello. This isn’t Ashlie – I’m Stephen, I’m Ashlie’s brother.

Ashlie: Stephen!

Stephen: But this is Ashlie’s phone. 

Ashlie: What are you doing with my phone? 

Stephen: Who’s that?

Ashlie: Stephen it’s me – Ashlie – Where are you?

Stephen: Ash, we’ve found your stuff. We had it with us all the time.

Ashlie: Oh - I can’t believe I came all the way back here for nothing. 

Stephen: Yes, don’t worry, we’ve got your bag. Everything‘s safe.

Ashlie: Thank goodness it’s all turned up. I’m so relieved. 

Stephen: Right, well get here as quick as you can. We’re going to drop the bags off at the flat. 

Ashlie: Great. And thank you!

Stephen: Meet you at the Embankment. Don’t be late. Remember, I’ve got a surprise for you!

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you later. Bye! 

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Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
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Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 23/10/2018 - 07:23

In reply to by JOBFER



Thank you for your comment. The level tags are obviously a subjective assessment and each level covers a range of difficulties. We'll review the level of the video and see if it needs to be changed.



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Submitted by JOBFER on Mon, 22/10/2018 - 11:38

Did Stephen really said "we need to get to central London for your surprise"? I can't hear "need to", even at slowest speed. Instead of "What are you doing with my phone? " I understand "Why are you on my phone". May this be possible? Thanks

Hello Jobfer,

I'm not sure I hear the initial consonant 'n', but I hear the /i:/ sound (the 'ee' in 'need'). The 'd' is elided, since the similar consonant 't' follows it. In any case, you are right -- this is said very quickly.

I clearly hear 'What are you doing with my phone?', but what you said would also be correct in this situation.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by manuel24 on Fri, 29/06/2018 - 14:17

Did ashlie really said "Here, let me help you with this bag"as written in the transcript? I don't understand what she said..

Hi manuel24,

Yes, that's what I hear when I listen to it. Please don't be discouraged – this kind of speaking, i.e. commentary on actions we're performing as we're performing them, is in some ways the most difficult to understand.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by btriton on Tue, 29/05/2018 - 18:10

nice video , some of the dialogue go rush! but is real English. Thanks

Submitted by _Malcolm_ on Thu, 25/01/2018 - 21:09

Hi, very interesting history about lost bag :) I was laughing. Thank you!