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History Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen talk about American English and some uses of passive verb forms.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.

Task 1

Click on the American English word to complete each sentence.


Task 2

Can you remember the American English words from Task 1? Type in the words to complete the sentences.


Task 3

Complete the sentences with the correct passive expressions for talking about landmarks.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


First of all I would like to present my respected greetings and I am very interesting to attend this lesson. Thank you again to gave us this opportunity.

sir, i have one question...its about Que. no 6 from the above task...what we usually say is, the floor on the ground is ground floor and the floor above that is first floor....which is correct...?Thanku.

Hello manasisonu,

In British English the ground floor (or storey) is at street level and the first floor is above street level, as you say. In American English I believe the street level floor is called the first floor, however.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Is possible I obtain transcription this movie? tks.

Hello Ilson Cassio,

We have transcripts available for the main sections of each Word on the Street episode, but not for the Language Focus sections as these are designed to work like lessons rather than films.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

May I get the transcript for this video (History Scene 1 - Language Focus)???? Thanks in advance..

Hi SarayGL,

I'm afraid that these are not available, but if you have questions about specific pieces of the text (e.g. 2:01-2:09), then we or other users will do our best to help you with them.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi every one id like to thank peter and kirk for clarification and hope to more about British English

hi guys, i can't understand any eg(050) she on your pants.
at e.g. (1.58) i heard rob saying, my students sometimes ask me she.....l american english or british english and stephen replied:.................................!

i hope someone can complete those sentences, thank you so much.


Hi... " She SPILLED coffee on your pants"
" My students sometimes ask me: SHOULD I LEARN american English or British English..."
Stephen: " So, which is better Rob?"

Good luck with the studies!