Education Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie decide to take a course on basic car maintenance. Anxious to get his hands dirty, Stephen learns a lesson the hard way.

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Think about the following questions:

  • What would you like to learn to be able to do?
  • Are you good at fixing things when they stop working?

Watch as Ashlie and Stephen take a course in car repairing.


Stephen: Come on, Ash! I'll drive. Give me the keys!

Ashlie: Err, why won't it start? Did you leave the lights on last night?

Stephen: No, I didn’t, Ashlie.

Ashlie: The car won't start. And Stephen was supposed to give me a lift to the shops.

Stephen: I think it might be the battery or maybe that petrol thingy.

Ashlie: OK, Stephen. Which one's the battery?

Stephen: Erm... is it that one?

Ashlie: Erm, that's the radiator.

Stephen: How old is this car anyway? It's always breaking down!

Ashlie: And we never know how to fix it. Come on. I'll see if I can find a mechanic and you can make us a nice cup of tea.


Ashlie: They say it's going to cost a hundred and forty pounds to send out a mechanic!

Stephen: A hundred and forty pounds?

Ashlie: That is it! We've got to learn how to fix that car ourselves. Oh, hey, have a look at this, Stephen: ‘This course is intended to help people who want to save money on car service and repair bills.’

Stephen: Let me have a look. Ah, ‘By the end of the course you will have a good understanding of car electrical systems, wheels, tyres and brakes.’ Hmm, sounds good!

Ashlie: Right. I'm going to call them to find out when the course starts.


Ashlie: This was such a good idea, Stephen. Think of all the money we're going to save on car repairs.

Stephen: Yes, but I didn't expect to be in a classroom. I wanted to get my hands dirty and work on real cars.

Ashlie: We will. But first we have to learn some theory. Theory, then practice.

Teacher: So, this is a standard four-stroke engine… So, when the piston, here, reaches the top, the spark plug, here, will ignite the fuel and push the piston back down and then...

Stephen: This is so boring. When do we start with the real work?

Ashlie: This is really useful. You have to know how it works before you can fix it.

Teacher: ...inside here – so this is a water jacket. So that’s what cools down as the piston’s moving up and down, it creates friction, which creates heat. OK. So, out of the exhaust, through the centre-box and then through the rear exhaust.

Stephen: I'm exhausted. When are we going to do some real repairs?

Ashlie: Shh.

Teacher: We're going to take a break now and then we're going to the workshop and we'll look at some brakes, OK?

Stephen: Ah! Finally!

Teacher: OK, we're going to start with some simple checks. They should only take a few minutes to do. I'll show you first and then you can have a go yourselves.


Ashlie: We should have done this course years ago. We're going to save so much money.

Stephen: Yeah, this is more like it.

Teacher: OK, well done everyone. Let's have a look at what we've learnt so far. So, who can show me how to check the oil? Ashlie?

Ashlie: Yeah.

Teacher: And how about radiators?

Stephen: Ooh yeah, me. I can do that.

Teacher: Be careful. Be careful!

Ashlie: Stephen! I told you you needed to listen to the theory!

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Submitted by langkhach on Sat, 03/04/2021 - 05:05

Have a nice day, Kirk and the team, My name is Van, from Hanoi, Vietnam. Would you mind helping me to clarify whether the following sentence is correct in terms of using present perfect tense: "We have become close friends for a long time.". Thank you.

Hello langkhach,

No, that sentence is not correct. The reason is that the verb 'become' describes a single moment, not an ongoing state. You could say either of these:

We became friends a long time ago.

We have been friends for a long time.



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Submitted by langkhach on Sat, 06/03/2021 - 07:04

Dear sir, Can you help me clarify the grammatical point in this sentence: "Studies show that the number of criminals who continue to commit crime again is increasing every single day when they are released back to the society." I'm wondering whether the verb "CONTINUE" here has been used correctly regarding its relation with the subject - either: the number of... or the noun "criminals" itself. Thank you. Van, from Vietnam.
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Submitted by Peter M. on Sat, 06/03/2021 - 07:28

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Hello langkach,

The sentence is correct. The subject of 'continue' in this sentence is the relative pronoun 'who', which is plural as it refers back to '(the number of) people.

With phrases like 'a/the number of...' the verb is in agreement with the final noun, so we say 'a number of people go there every year' (not 'goes').



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Submitted by langkhach on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 10:07

Dear sir, I am trying to find an English word or phrase for the item (a type of headgear) as it appears in the pictures shown in the following link: ---- Would you mind helping to tell me what it is called in English? Thanks a bunch. Van - from Vietnam.
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Submitted by Kirk Moore on Thu, 07/05/2020 - 07:01

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Hello langkhach

I'd call that a 'headband' or, in the case of the plastic ones, an 'Alice band'. There are also 'barrettes' (which is more American English) or 'hair clips' (British).

(Please note I removed the link because we don't generally allow links in user comments, but I looked at it before I deleted it.)

All the best


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Submitted by samairakhan on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 21:53

what are the velarized words in this section