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?





Hi everyone. I don't understand this sentence. Could anyone help me to explain this to me.
"it’s a shame about the view though"

Hi idetoshi,

The sentence means that the view is not good. We use this kind of sentence when most things are good and one thing spoils the rest. For example:

I quite liked the meal. The chicken was great and the rice was perfectly cooked. It's a shame about the sauce, though - that was terrible!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,
I guess Ash try to tell that the place is wonderful but the foggy weather spoils the view. Am I right?

Hello MehmetCanYigit,

I think you probably are, yes!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I have a really good memories of my chilhood ´cos I had climbed litle mountains. We (my familiy and I) went there and we had picniks was so lovely.

I like visiting the mountains. Whenever I go to the mountain, I climb it. And even though I almost hate my life during the climbing, the view at the top of the mountain is worth all the struggle. I tend to associate life with climbing mountains: you want to get to the top of it, you start excited but the road becomes difficult and you want to give up, but after you've got to the top, the view is amazing.
The highest mountain I've ever got is Ceahlau mountain, in Romania, which is more than 1700 metres. It was really amazing.

Hi Team.
if somebody ask for a return ticket like Ashlie said " Can I have a return ticket? "
Does that mean Ashlie needs two tickets, one for going and one for returning?
I've confusion because if I translate into my language what Ashlie said "can I have a return ticket" It means that Ashlie only need one ticket, only for returning.
Would you like to explain, please?

Hello Nizam Balinese,

When you buy a 'return ticket', you pay for two trips: one going out and one returning. Whether or not you get one physical ticket that works for both trips or two separate tickets depends on the rail service. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk. Thanks for explaining.
your helps have increased wealth my knowledge. to be honest, not only your answers have made me clear but from your text (I always concern your text) I also got to know how to write correctly in english though I still make much mistake in writing.
thank you in advance your help Kirk. :)

These learning English videos are very lovely. They are really fun and easy to understand. Thanks!