Notting Hill Scene 2

Stephen and Ashlie both dance their way through the carnival, but will they be able to find each other in their costumes?

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • How do you avoid losing your friends at a big event?
  • What sort of costumes do you expect to see at the carnival?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie enjoying the carnival!



Ashlie: Come on, this way. We need to get to the start of the parade before they set off.

Stephen: OK! OK! We've got plenty of time though. I want to have a look around. It all looks great.  

Ashlie: We’re here at the Notting Hill Carnival; one of Europe’s most famous street parties.

Stephen: Where every year thousands of people come to take part in the parade and wear fabulous costumes.

Ashlie: And it’s also a chance to watch some amazing shows and see some pretty strange sights... I know I’m really looking forward to it.

Stephen: Me, too. Come on then. Let’s see what’s out there.


Stephen: Ah - I love it, Ash. And there’s such a good atmosphere, isn’t there. 

Ashlie: Oh, come on though - we haven’t got all day.

Stephen: Oh, wait a minute, I want to look up there.

Ashlie: Oh Stephen, I really don’t want to miss the start of the parade. We haven’t got time.

Stephen: Oh, it’ll only take a minute. I'll catch you up.

Ashlie: You know where it is? By the car park.

Stephen: Yeah yeah, go on ahead, I’ll catch you up in a minute.

Ashlie: See you later.


Ashlie: Hi girls.

Dancers: Hiya.

Ashlie: So have you done this before? 

Dancer: No, this is my first year actually.

Ashlie: Wow.

Dancer: Yeah, I done it yesterday though, for the children’s carnival.

Ashlie: What was it like? 

Dancer: It rained for a bit, but other than that, it was really fun.

Ashlie: Yeah? Oh, it's beautiful weather today. So how long will we be dancing for?

Dancer: Sometimes we can be dancing for like, two or three hours - we, like walk around, but sometimes you can stand in one place for, like ten minutes and be dancing to, like the same kind of music. It's really difficult.

Ashlie: Yeah, we’re going to need some energy for that.

Dancer: That’s right.


Ashlie: Stephen! Where have you been?

Stephen: It took me ages to find you. All of you dancers look the same in those costumes. Ah, phew, just in time; the parade’s about to start.

Ashlie: You go to the front – I’m going to meet the rest of the group, OK?  See you later.

Stephen: Oh, hang on, where are we going to meet afterwards in case we get split up?

Ashlie: Well, I’ll ring you when we finish. Oh, Stephen I haven’t got my phone.

Stephen: Me, neither. Where do we finish? 

Ashlie: Erm… next to the tube station, I'll meet you there. Oh and don’t get lost again!

Stephen: OK, sounds good. 

Ashlie: See you later! Bye.


Stephen: Wow, that was fantastic. Did you see me dancing?

Ashlie: Yes, I saw you. It was amazing, but I didn’t expect to be so tired. We must have been dancing for hours.

Stephen: Now, we need to sit down and get something to eat.

Ashlie: Good idea. So what do you suggest?

Stephen: Something over there?


Stephen: Right, come on you, it’s time for home.

Ashlie: Stephen – how are we going to get home? All the buses are going to be full and I am not taking the underground wearing this costume.

Stephen: Err... taxi?

Ashlie: Stephen. Can you see any taxis? All the roads are closed for the carnival. C’mon, let’s start walking!

Stephen: Walking? No way! Why walk when you can dance?


Task 1

Comprehension Task

What problems did Stephen and Ashlie have?

Read the questions and choose the correct answers.


Task 2

Comprehension Task 2

Fill in the sentences from the episode with the correct adjectives.




Language level

Average: 4 (2 votes)

Submitted by arashjahanbakht on Fri, 16/09/2022 - 15:30


I wonder what a terrible mess people made on the avenue during the festival. I thought it never happened in London.

Submitted by nikoslado on Fri, 06/03/2020 - 18:23

Dear Team, ''Dancer: Yeah, I done it yesterday though....'' Is there a kind of an informal,''street speaking'' or something error? It seems a little strange to me. Thanks a lot for your kindness nikoslado
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Submitted by Peter M. on Sat, 07/03/2020 - 07:52

In reply to by nikoslado


Hello Nikoslado,

Yes, that's right. The use of the past participle in this way is non-standard and not seen as correct, but it does occur in some dialects and social groups.



The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by btriton on Mon, 28/05/2018 - 07:59

I liked Notting hill carnival, someday I will be there, Hopefully

Submitted by Nguyen thi Hai Huyen on Mon, 07/05/2018 - 16:43

Hi, all these is sentences :"It took me ages to find you" that i dont know that mean

Submitted by Nguyen thi Hai Huyen on Sun, 13/05/2018 - 18:30

In reply to by Nguyen thi Hai Huyen

Thank Petter