Shopping is GREAT - Part 2

Richard leaves the big shopping areas for small, interesting shops and markets. We hear from a man who sells photographs to Outer Mongolia, and some London shoppers tell us what they like.


Small specialist shops can be found all over the country. The Lanes in Brighton are made up of a fabulous web of small streets with lots of quirky shops and boutiques. They’re a great place to discover original fashion, furniture and accessories…

But a shopping spree doesn’t have to involve visiting shops! British markets are really popular and sometimes in surprising places. This is Piccadilly Market at St James’ Church in central London, and not many people know it’s here.

Photographer Simon Weinstock runs a stall here.

Richard: Hi Simon. Tell me about your stall.

Simon: Well, I’ve been here 15 years on St James’ Market. This is my most popular image, I do lots of other images. This is a London bus going round Piccadilly circus with the old Underground sign, very iconic. I do the London Eye, I do the Houses of Parliament, terribly popular of course.

Richard: So who are your customers?

Simon: My customers come here from all over the world. I have Russians, lots of Americans, Chinese these days, Australians – you name it, they come here! Some of my work’s gone to Outer Mongolia, believe it or not.

Richard: And in your opinion, what makes Piccadilly Market so special?

Simon: It’s a very unique, small market. There’s only about 40 stalls here. It’s a very friendly market. Not that many people know about it – it’s a hidden gem! And there are lots of stalls that you can only buy the product here, they’re not available anywhere else in London, so that makes it very unusual.

Richard: What do you like about shopping in London?

Girl: I think, like, the variety of stuff and there’s always something different, there’s always something on the street, there’s always something new to buy.

Man: I like about shopping in London the old shop, like in Covent Gardens, the old shop.

Woman 1: I like the mixture of some expensive and some cheaper ones. I like.

Woman 2: Well, I think it’s just the variety of shops and places where you can go for shops.

Richard: Britain is great for shopping. There’s such variety, and there’s something for everyone. The only trouble is – there’s too much choice!

Task 1

What is the main message of this video?


Task 2

Which of the following things happen in this video?


Task 3

Put the words in order to make sentences from the video.


Task 4

Match the halves of the sentences.



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I live in Tyumen. This city is not much like shopping in Britain. For example, a large selection. always something to buy. There are almost no stalls in the area where I live. They are farther from my home, but always in the spotlight, unlike London, where the kiosks are located in the most strange places. In my area I like to shop. There are shops on every corner, but I don't like their identity. Every store in London is unique
Hello, everyone. In Mexico we have open-air markets known as "tianguis". They are usually located in streets. There people can buy a large variety of products. It's possible to find very cheap tools and other stuff because many stalls sell second-hand products. However, there are many new products as well. If I had a stall in London, maybe the most popular would be to sell traditional products made by the native communities of Mexico.
Hello everyone, yes in my country we have a market once a week. there you can buy fresh fish, clothes, and fresh fruit. If I had a stall I would probably sell books.
Yes, there are a lot of markets here in Brazil. There are places you can find anything you want. If I had a market, I would probably sell things related to the nerd culture.
There are many small markets in my country where you could get many things, fruits, vegetables, handcrafts, clothes, everything what you want you could get inside this market. If I had a market stall I would sell gifts, cards, pens many small things.
I answered all tasks correctly after watching the video once. Would it predict my listening score in IELTS .. ?

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Hello everyone.. ☆ Do you have markets in your country? - Yes, of course we have markets in our country. We have all of different kind of markets. One among of them is night market, we call it "Pasar Malam" or "Pasar Senggol". As most of you who have been to my country will know that a nightlife activity is not only coming from bars and clubs but visiting night market is also intetesting experience. ☆ What can you buy there? - The biggest and oldest our traditional market that located in the centre city always look busy all the time as it opens 24 hours. You can find everything that you need such as fruits, meats, vegetables, souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelleries, untill fabrics you can find here. But for night market is mostly visited by food hunters as it offers variety of cuisines. ☆ If you had a market stall in London or your own country, what would you sell? - My hobby is farming and I'm a chicken lover. I love to raise my own chickens especially for their eggs. So if I had a stall in the market, I'd like to sell my chicken eggs. It's likely I will become a millionaire selling chicken eggs. mmm... Can I ? ;)
if i had a stall i would probably sell my drawing as i adore drawing and always post them on my Instagram account waiting for a chance to work with my talent in something that i really do love
I am confused with Task 2 question in which they have asked what happend in video? and need to select 2 options. I selected 2 answer -the women likes to buy cheaper and expensive stuff. But 1st answer made me confused. Richard did not mentioned he is talking about markets outside of London. Please enlighten me on this.

Hello Priyanka Bhagat,

In his introduction Richard talks about shops outside London:

Small specialist shops can be found all over the country. The Lanes in Brighton are made up of a fabulous web of small streets with lots of quirky shops and boutiques. They’re a great place to discover original fashion, furniture and accessories…


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

We have the only one market in Yangon as i know. It's called ' Bo Chote' market. you can buy anything whatever you want there.A lot of foreigners from different countries are visits there. Some shops are reasonable price but some are more expensive other supermarket. If i had a stall in London, i have sold hand make goods from Myanmar.
There are a lots of markets in my country,you can buy fresh fishes ,fresh fruit, clothes,unterwears and other things. If i had a stall i would probably sell hotdogs.

Hi Vu Anh Van,

You can hear how 'St. James' is pronounced in the video. I'm not sure what other help we can give you, as we don't know how you are pronouncing it or which sounds are difficult for you. All I can suggest is listening to the correct pronunciation and trying to get as close as you can.


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