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Ashlie, Stephen and their cousins are going to the beach, but the British summer turns nasty on them. What is there to do in Britain when the weather is bad?

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

Preparation

Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What do you know about British weather?
  • How does it compare to the weather in your country?
  • What do people do for fun when the weather is bad in your country?

Now watch to find out what the gang do when the rain starts...

Transcripts

Ashlie: What have you got for the picnic, Stephen?

Stephen: I’ve got chocolate biscuits, crisps and cake. Everything kids like to eat!

Ashlie: I’ve got juice, fruit, carrot sticks. Food that is good for kids!

Stephen: Yuk! It’s summer holidays and we’re going to the beach today. All this food is for our picnic lunch.

Ashlie: We’re going to take our little cousins, Ellie and Joe. We’re looking after them for the day as their parents are busy.

Stephen: I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a lovely day, it’s going to be great fun. I’ve got my bucket and spade for sandcastles and a beach ball.

Ashlie: Is that for the children to play with or you? You’re a big kid, aren’t you!

Stephen: I love playing ball on the beach - it’s great fun! And are you just going to sit under a brolly, reading a book?

Ashlie: Well, I think I might need an umbrella, but not for the sun. The weather doesn’t look too good. I hope it doesn’t rain or we won’t be able to go.

Stephen: It’s not going to rain - it’s summer! Stop worrying. Come on, let’s go pay for all this food.

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Ashlie: The traffic is terrible! Look at this traffic jam. We’re going to be stuck here for ages. You alright, kids?

Stephen: I know. I think everyone’s had the same idea as us. They’re all heading to the beach.

Ashlie: You know what?

Stephen: What?

Ashlie: I think it’s going to rain.

Stephen: Ashlie, don’t be such a pessimist. We’ve… Ash - is that fog?

Ashlie: I think it is. You’re right, it’s fog. This is ridiculous. It is supposed to be summer.

Stephen: Don’t worry, I think it’s clearing up… look. Is that hail?

Ashlie: I don’t believe it. So much for the British summer!

Stephen: Hail never lasts long. I’m sure it will pass over.

Ashlie: It’s so loud I can hardly hear you. What did you say?

Stephen: I said that... Listen, the hail’s stopping.

Ashlie: Thank goodness. Well, at least the weather can’t get any worse.

Stephen: It’s raining now! We’re going to get soaked.

Ashlie: That’s it! It’s pouring with rain! There’s no way we can go to the beach today. I’m sorry, Ellie and Joe. I’m afraid we’re not going to make it there today.

Stephen: It wouldn’t be much fun in the rain anyway. But what else can we do with the kids?

Ashlie: Well, we could try that new sports centre? You know, the one with the indoor sports, like the climbing wall and bowling? Could try that.

Stephen: That’s a great idea. What do you think, kids?

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Stephen: I think the sun’s coming out

Ashlie: Yeah - it’s definitely brightening up. Typical!

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Ashlie: Here we are, kids, a picnic feast! We have... some fruit, some fruit juice, some carrots. What would you like? All of this food is really good for you and I’m sure your mum and dad would be pleased we’re giving you all healthy food.

Ellie: I don’t like that stuff. Have you got any crisps or cake?

Joe: What about chocolate biscuits?

Ashlie: Stephen, where’s all the cake, chocolate and biscuits?

Stephen: I got a bit hungry in the car.

Ashlie: What? Have you eaten all of it? All the chocolate, all the cake and all the biscuits?

Stephen: I got very hungry in the car!

Ashlie: Stephen!

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

''So much for the British summer!'', What does it mean?

Hello Akbar Safi,

This is an ironic statement. Britain is a country more famous for its rain than its hot summers and this sentence means something like 'Well, that's all we can expect from the British summer.'

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much Sir.

Hello Team.
Stephen : It's not going to rain, it's summer! Stop worrying. Come on.
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Could I switch 'Stop worrying' here into 'Stop being worry'?
What's the difference between them?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam,

No, I'm afraid that wouldn't be correct, because 'worry' is not an adjective. If you used 'worried' (which is an adjective), it would be grammatically correct, but not natural. This is because the verb 'worry' is used instead of 'being worried' to talk about the emotional/mental state of worrying. And this is what Stephen is talking about -- Ashlie worrying around the present time, i.e. it's something she's still doing.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

When the weather always change ,I feel tired . I like the sunny weathers and by the way the rainly weathers are dangerous because at that time driving can be so dangerous

I've never travel to UK but I love the whether' England. I live in Chihuahua, Mexico and the whether here it's extreme

Hi, I'm from Mexico too. Here in Mexico we don't have similar weather like UK's countries, instead we have extreme weather conditions and more likely in the northern states of this country, I like the sun but I'd love to experience those beautiful rainy days and the smell of wet soil.

in my place the weather changes all day, In the early morning is cold, then the sun brigh up and then it's hot but not rain, and then at night rains, you always have an umbrella but don't forget sun glasses

I am from Brazil and the British weather is so diferent from ours. I live at Rio de Janeiro city and we have sunny days all the year even in winter.

when the weather is bad cariocas go to the shopping, cinema, theater. We go to the natural parks too.

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