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!

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3


Average: 5 (6 votes)

Submitted by MgKanKaung on Sun, 19/03/2023 - 13:45


Could I know the differences between these two sentences?
"When we had just arrived, it started raining".
"When we arrived, it just started raining".
The thing I want to know is can I use both sentences according to situations?
I also want to know which sentence is wrong or both are correct? Let me get this straight please, thanks for sharing the lessons.

Hi MgKanKaung,

The first sentence is correct! It means that we arrived first, and then it started raining a short time later.

The second one needs a correction --> When we arrived, it had just started raining. This means that it started raining first, and then we arrived a short time later. It's the opposite order of actions, compared to the first sentence.

I hope that helps! If you have any more questions about this, you are welcome to post them on our Past perfect page. Thanks!


LearnEnglish team

Sorry for commenting in wrong section,Sir. Yesterday I was too jumpy about that because my tchel said me that I can't use like the first one. I really appreciate your explaining.

Submitted by saeed dastafshan on Sat, 18/03/2023 - 21:16


Thanks for the video

Submitted by Future_Nibras on Sat, 04/03/2023 - 01:42


I'd like to clarify something about this series as it says the level of English is B1/B2. Is this the natural speed of B1/B2 speakers? You know, I have watched hundreds of study materials for B1 learners, they usually tend to be a bit slower than this. but I really enjoyed how casual their interactions were. I'm a teacher of English from Sri Lanka. I highly recommend this website to my students. I sometimes wonder why they give away this contents for free. Thanks a lot for this wonderful content.

Hi Future_Nibras,

Thank you for your kind comment and for using our website!

I would say that the speaking speed is slightly slower than a natural speaking speed, but probably higher than a B1/B2 learner's speaking speed. You may find it faster than other study materials because this video series is designed to be similar to authentic materials (i.e., materials which are not designed for the purpose of language learning). Getting used to this speaking speed may help learners to transition from using study materials to using authentic materials, which may be useful for B1/B2 learners.

When we indicate the language level, we consider a range of things including speed, the range and difficulty of language and the complexity of the text.


LearnEnglish team

Submitted by May Thida Su on Mon, 22/02/2021 - 14:12

Ash's speaking speed is very fast. I can't catch. Phew !!!

Submitted by Brice on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 08:58

The speed is fast and somewhat I can't catch them.