Shakespeare Scene 2

English

Stephen and Ashlie continue their adventures in Stratford, Shakespeare's birthplace. Stephen finds out the truth about his new job and Ashlie meets her Romeo!

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Task 2

We use 'such' before nouns and 'so' before adjectives:

  • Stephen: It's such a famous theatre. ('theatre'=noun)   
  • Ashlie: You're so lucky. ('lucky'=adjective)

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Task 3

We use 'had better' to mean 'should'. For example:

  • Stephen: I'd better go in and find the director.
  • Ashlie: I think I'd better go.

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Ashlie:  Wow, Stephen. Here we are, the RSC, the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

Stephen: It’s such a famous theatre. All the greatest actors have played Shakespeare here. I’m getting a bit nervous now.

Ashlie:  You’ll be fine, you’re so lucky - it is an amazing place to perform. I am getting a bit jealous now! Can I have your autograph?

Stephen: Stop it. I’d better go in and find the director. Are you going to be okay on your own?

Ashlie: Don’t be silly, I’ll be fine. I’ll just go and do the tourist thing around Stratford. I think I’ll visit the house where Shakespeare was born.

Stephen: Okay, I’ll call you later and tell you when the play starts.

Ashlie: Ah, I can’t wait to see you on stage. Good luck!

Stephen:  Thanks, bye.

Ashlie: Bye.

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Romeo:  But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet is the sun. Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon.

Ashlie:  Me?

Romeo: See how she leans her cheek upon her hand: O that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek!

Ashlie: Oh, alright then. Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love. And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

Romeo: Shall I hear more? Shall I speak at this?

Ashlie:  Thanks, that was really good fun.

Romeo:  You were really good. You’re a great actress.

Ashlie: Thank you, I really enjoyed it. So do you always play Romeo and Juliet here?

Romeo: No, it varies, we might do Macbeth next.

Ashlie: I think I’d better go then before you ask me to be one of the witches. I have to go and meet my brother soon anyway. He’s performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Romeo: Lucky him. But you’re welcome here any time.

Ashlie:  Sorry. Hi, Stephen, you’ll never guess.  I actually got to do some Shakespeare too... I was Juliet. It was fantastic... So how’s it going? Well, do you want me to come over? Well, okay…

Romeo: What’s up?

Ashlie: It’s Stephen, I don’t think he wants me to go over and watch him, but - it must just be first night nerves. I think I’m going to go anyway and surprise him.

Romeo: OK. Bye!

Ashlie: Thanks again, then. Bye.

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Ashlie:  Excuse me. Do you know when the show starts?

Stephen: Hi, Ash.

Ashlie: Stephen, you really are playing Shakespeare, then! Come on.

Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Have you ever seen one of Shakespeare's plays?
  • Would you like to visit Stratford?
  • Have you ever had a job you didn't like? What did you do about it?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie as they explore Stratford...

Shakespeare Scene 2 Language Focus

English

Rob guides us through some of the most important English tenses.

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Shopping is GREAT - Part 1

English

London has some of the world’s most famous department stores: Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and many others. Our presenter Richard visits them and also samples a smaller shop for a range of shopping experiences.

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Task 2

What's special about each shop or area?

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Task 3

Match the beginnings and ends of these phrases.

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Task 4

Richard said "If only they had it in my size". Type the correct form of the verb in the gap. Make it negative if necessary. 

We have a page on LearnEnglish about the use of 'if only'.

Exercise

London is the shopping capital of the world. Every year millions of overseas visitors shop here. But what makes shopping here so great? There’s only one way to find out. I’m off to do some shopping – follow me!

At Harrods

Knightsbridge is famous for upmarket shopping. This is where the rich and famous come to buy… their socks. And this is the one and only Harrods… the ultimate in luxury. Even royalty shop here. If I’m lucky, I might see someone famous.

If only they had it in my size. Lovely! Thank you!

Done quite well there – what’s next? Taxi! Harvey Nichols, please.

At Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols – or ‘Harvey Nicks’ for short – is a great place for designer fashion.

Well, I had to buy couple of things… What?

At Hamleys

The biggest toy shop in the world – now you’re talking!

So cute… err… it’s not for me.

Oxford Street

London’s Oxford Street is retail heaven. It’s got over 2 kilometres of shops to choose from… and, of course, Selfridges for shopping with style. Taxi!

Could you drop all this off home for me, please? I’m off to explore a different sort of shopping in Britain.

If you like shopping all under one roof, then there are big shopping centres all over Britain. The Olympic-sized shopping centre at Westfield, Stratford, is huge. With over 300 shops, it’s one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. 

At Lock's

Great shopping isn’t just about big shops. Smaller shops can offer something special too. Tucked away in the heart of Piccadilly is a great shopping gem. Lock’s sell that must-have in gentlemen’s fashion: the hat! Lock’s opened in London in 1679. Their hats can be seen across the world. They pride themselves on their personal service.

Richard: Sue Simpson is a hat specialist. Hi Sue.

Sue: Oh, hi Richard.

Richard: Wow, a bowler hat, you don’t see many of those these days, do you?

Sue: Well, we don’t call it a ‘bowler’ here at Lock’s, we call it a ‘coke hat’ because it was invented in 1850 for Thomas Coke…

Richard: …by this very shop.

Sue: …by this very shop and we still call it a ‘coke’ to this day.

Richard: Ah, the classic top hat. When would I wear that?

Sue: That’s a beautiful silk top hat. You would wear that for a society wedding, or the time you see most of them is at Ascot, which is the famous race meeting in June.

Richard: So what’s your best-seller here at Lock’s?

Sue: Our best-seller would be a classic tweed cap or this trilby here, which is called a ‘Voyager’, and the novelty of this one…

Richard: …is it folds up so you can pop it into your luggage.

Sue: …pop it into your luggage.

Richard: Excellent. Is that a deerstalker?

Sue: Similar to a deerstalker, but this is a country cap with a fastening that goes over the top. And this was invented originally for wearing in open-top cars, but now it’s more commonly worn on the hills out shooting and this keeps the ears warm and stops it blowing away.

Richard: I like it; I’ll take this one.

In what order did Richard look at the following products?

Exercise

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Adam惊叹于听众朋友对伦敦的了解程度。而在纽卡斯尔,Carolina在店里遇到了一位非常难缠的顾客,而这不过只是一个非常糟糕的一天的开始。通过我们的播客学习英语!

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آدم منبهر بكل ما تعرفونه عن لندن. فى نيوكاسل تقابل كارولينا عميلاً بشعاً في متجر وتكون هذه مجرد بداية ليوم سيء جداً. تعلم الإنجليزية مع البودكاست!

آدم منبهر بكل ما تعرفونه عن لندن. فى نيوكاسل تقابل كارولينا عميلاً بشعاً في متجر وتكون هذه مجرد بداية ليوم سيء جداً. تعلم الإنجليزية مع البودكاست!

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