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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?

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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...


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.


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?


Stephen: I think the sun’s coming out

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


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!


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Thank you for explaining my problems!!!

When the weather is bad in my country people stay at home and watch TV or look their computer.

I can not play the video, how to solve it? I have tried the given way and I am a recruit.

Hello silver lining,

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The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much for your excellent and hard work for us here. And I just have one question, in the sentence " let’s go pay for all this food.", I am not very sure whether 'go pay' has the same meaning as 'go to pay' or not. Thank you!

Hello Jane Huang,

Thank you very much for your warm words! It's great to know that we're helping people.

I think 'go pay' in this context is really best understood as 'go and pay' rather than 'go to pay'. At least, that would be a natural alternative way to say it, though 'go + verb' is the most common choice here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter and thank you for your reply.
I am a little confused for the usage of word 'go' because it have been known as a transitive verb for a long time. I thought 'go+verb(basic form) ' was wrong before. Can I use word 'go' plus any verbs like above?
Thank you! Good day!

Hello Jane,

Yes, in theory, you could use 'go' + any verb in its base form in the same way as the sentence you asked about. As Peter explained, it's really an abbreviated form of 'go and pay' (or whatever other verb), i.e. I'll go there and I'll pay.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i just can't watch the video, why?