Ashlie surprises Stephen by beating him to the top of the mountain.


Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Comprehension Task

Do you know anywhere where you can travel on steam trains in your country?

Answer these questions.


Task 2

Comprehension Task

Can you fill in the gaps in the sentences with the correct numbers?





Excuse me. I don't understand the meaning of Stephen in this phrase '' You’re on the top of a mountain! It isn't some kind of High Street, you know.''. He wants to unfair, doesn't he ????

Hello Tuan Hung,

Ashlie suggests that they get a coffee and Stephen does not think that this is very realistic, so he is being a little bit sarcastic in his reply, pointing out that it's not so easy to get a coffee on a mountain. Of course, he is wrong and Ashlie is right, because there is a cafe!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter M, I got it

The train driver said i've done so for about 29 years now..can he say in this way-'I,ve been doing this for 29 years' and in another case can he say 'if were you i would have worn something warmer'

what did ashlie mean by 'it's a shame about the view though'?

Hello Vartica,

We say 'it's a shame' when we are disappointed about something. In this case, Ashlie is disappointed that the view is obscured by the clouds.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Team. Please help me with these :
Ashlie : ........ now, I must take some photos.
Can I switch MUST with HAVE TO here?
What is difference between MUST and HAVE TO?
Ashlie : ....... He'll HAVE a cheese sandwich and a coffee, please.
Can I switch HAVE with HAS here?
Thank you.

Hi Nizam Balinese,

Both must and have to can be used in this context.

Must and have to have similar meanings. Both are used to express obligation, but when the obligation is our own (our choice) then we tend to use must. When the obligation is from elsewhere (a rule, a law, someone in authority) then we tend to use have to. This is not a fixed difference however, but rather a tendency. You can read more about this on this page.

After modal verbs, such as will, we use the base form (the infinitive without 'to'). Therefore has is not possible in place of have.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Yes Peter, thank you very much. :)

I suppose Ash will take the train to go there and will arrive first even if she left later from her hotel.