Animals Scene 1

Ashlie goes for an interview - but her interviewer is more interested in someone else!


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Would you like to be in an advert?
  • Who in a family should look after the pets?

Now watch Ashlie as she tries for an acting job.



Ashlie: Where did I put my purse? Have you seen my keys?

Stephen: I think I saw them in the kitchen, Ash.

Ashlie: Thanks. Hey, watch this. She looks great. I really hope I get this part this afternoon.

Stephen: Ashlie’s watching a lot of advertisements on TV at the moment. She’s got an audition today. If they like her, she could be the star of the next TV ad.

Ashlie: Yeah, right.

Stephen: This audition, what’s the advert about? What is it advertising, Ash?

Ashlie: Erm… I don’t really know. I hope I get it, though. I’ll be on TV, Stephen! Anyway, come on, turn this off. My meeting’s at eleven o’clock. Come on. Bring Poppy.

Stephen: This is Poppy, Ashlie’s dog. Isn’t she lovely? Come on, Poppy, let’s go.


Ashlie: OK, Stephen. Wish me luck.

Stephen: Good luck, Ashlie. I’m sure you’ll be fantastic. I’ll see you back here in a couple of hours.

Ashlie: Hang on! You have to take Poppy.

Stephen: No, I can’t. I’m going to the gym. They won’t let her in.

Ashlie: Oh Stephen, I wish you’d told me before we left the house. What am I going to do with her now?

Stephen: Well, leave her here. She’ll be OK. 

Ashlie: No way, Stephen! I can’t leave my baby here. You’ll have to take her.

Stephen: No, sorry, Ashlie. I’ve got to run, sorry!

Ashlie: I’ll just have to take you with me then, I guess. Come on, Poppy.


Ashlie: Hello.

Casting Director: Ashlie Walker?

Ashlie: Hi. That’s me! Hi.

Casting Director: Hi. Thanks for coming. Shall we just get started?

Ashlie: Actually, before we begin, I’m really sorry but my brother was supposed to take my dog and he let me down. Do you mind if she’s here? I promise she’ll be quiet!

Casting Director: Not at all. She might be exactly what we’re looking for. Aren’t you lovely? What’s her name?

Ashlie: Poppy. I’ve done this kind of thing a few times.

Casting Director: Hi, Poppy. Aren’t you lovely? How old is she?

Ashlie: She’s six months. Could you tell me something about the advertisement?

Casting Director: Wow, she’s really lovely. Aren’t you lovely? Eh? Who’s a lovely girl then?

Ashlie: Erm… are we ready to start?

Casting Director: What? Oh, yes. We’re going to take a few photos of you.

Ashlie: OK. Great.

Casting Director: Are you going to have your photograph taken too, Poppy? Are you? Come on.


Casting Director: OK, Ashlie, that was great, thanks.

Ashlie: Thank you.

Casting Director: You were both fantastic. I'm sure they'll like it. I’ll give you a call soon, OK?

Ashlie: OK then. Thanks again.

Casting Director: Bye, Ashlie.

Ashlie: Bye.

Casting Director: Bye, Poppy.


Ashlie: Oh, hiya!

Stephen: Well, how did it go?

Ashlie: Erm, well, it went well, I think. I think they liked me. They really liked Poppy, didn’t they, Poppy?

Stephen: They liked Poppy?

Ashlie: Yeah. The guy said... Oh, hang on... Hello?

Stephen: Who is it?

Ashlie: Yes, it’s Ashlie. Oh, that’s fantastic. Thank you. Sure. Sure, yeah, that’s fine. Er, OK, alright. Thank you. Bye.

Stephen: What is it? Well?

Ashlie: I got the part.

Stephen: That was quick.

Ashlie: And they want Poppy, too!

Stephen: Wahey! Well done, girl.

Ashlie: What about me?

Stephen: Well done, Ash.

Ashlie: Urrrgh, Stephen, you’re all smelly!

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Average: 5 (6 votes)
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Submitted by reihane88 on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 18:00

hi, what is the meaning of " he let me down".

Hello reihane88,

If somebody lets you down, they don't do what they promised and you are disappointed about it. Here, Ashlie is upset that Stephen isn't helping her with Poppy.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Guilherme Lobo… on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 13:54

I've got a cat... her name's Monkey. I love her!

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Thu, 07/05/2020 - 18:06

Thanks for the video!it was fantastic...

Submitted by ademyonet on Sun, 12/04/2020 - 10:42

This video is fluently but it was hard. It was short words though, I hardly understood it.

Submitted by Praveen kumar on Wed, 26/06/2019 - 02:00

I like advertising

Submitted by rodrigo.tog on Tue, 12/03/2019 - 21:37

I'd like to know how can I get started and pause a video using shortcut keys. In a youtube video, for example, it's possible to pause and start a video again just pressing the space bar in keyboard. Does anybody know a way to pause and start a video again without use the mouse in the LearnEnglish web site?

Hello rodrigo.tog

I'm afraid there do not seem to be any keyboard shortcuts for our video player, at least as far as I can tell. That would indeed be a great feature, which we will suggest to our provider.


All the best


The LearnEnglish Team