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?





I once hiked up a mountain while the steam train went by, in Germany.

In my suburd in Hamburg, I road mountain bike, on the highest mountain.

Hello Sir(s),

Whenever i want to write something, word don't comes to my mind, however i can read English and can understand it. I don't have good command on grammar. What should i do? I want to write but could not help it.


Hello sohailh1,

I'd recommend you keep a vocabulary notebook organised by topics (e.g. work, family, etc.). As you read, listen and study, add new words and phrases to your notebook. From time to time, study a group of words test yourself to see how well you remember them. You should also keep the notebook handy as a reference when you write.

Writing in the notebook is just the first step. What will really make it effective is referring to it. The more you use it, the more I think you'll find that you remember more vocabulary and are better able to use it.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team


I notice that there's this caption below the video:
"Ashlie surprises Stephen by beating him to the top of the mountain."

Is it a must to use present tense there? How about past tense? Thank you.

Hello Pocoyo,

Most captions or cutlines are written in the present simple tense, as the text helps the reader understand the photo as they see it. The past tense can be used if there's more than one sentence, and I suppose you could even find some captions or cutlines in which it's used instead of the present simple, but as far as I understand, the present simple is used most of the time. I'd encourage you to look at online news websites, where you can see lots of examples of this kind of text in use.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

Thank you very much for your explanation! : )

I so much loved this scene especially Ash's talk :)

snowdon is really amazing place, I wish i could go there one time and have a complete rest for a couple of days.

What is the meaning of "it’s a shame about the view though" in 02:05 minutes of the video? Is it because of low visibility caused by fog?