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Loch Ness Scene 1

Ashlie and Stephen are in Scotland, visiting Loch Ness. Stephen wants to see the monster, but Ashlie doesn't believe it exists.

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Are there places in your country where you go to enjoy the scenery?
  • Are these places usually in the city or in the countryside?
  • What type of activities do you do in these locations?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie as they discover the delights of Scotland.



Ashlie: Come on then Stephen, get up - let’s get going.

Stephen: Right, give me a minute. This is heavy.

Ashlie: I hope you’ve remembered everything. You’ve got your walking boots, haven’t you?

Stephen: Er yes, I’m wearing them. They’re brand new and they’re already starting to rub.

Ashlie: We’ve come to Loch Ness in Scotland. We’re going on a walking tour of the Highlands. It is such a beautiful place to explore.

Stephen: Thousands of people come here every year and try and take a photo of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Fingers crossed Ashlie, let’s hope we get lucky!

Ashlie: Oh, come on Stephen you know that’s only a story. We’re here for the walking. Come on then, let’s get going.


Ashlie: Fancy a break, Stephen? Shall we take a look around the Visitors’ Centre?

Stephen: Boring! I thought we were here to go walking.

Ashlie: It won’t take long. And, you never know, you might learn something.


Stephen: See Ash, I told you we’d find the Loch Ness Monster.

Ashlie: Ha ha - mmm… very first sighting seventh century… lives in the loch. Possibly related to some species of reptile…oh honestly.

Stephen: Wow, I bet it’s true, look at all these photos. I really think we should try and find it. Come on Ash, it’ll be fun.

Ashlie: Oh Stephen, it’s a waste of time. People made these photos. They’re not real.

Stephen: That’s ridiculous. Look at all these reports. It’s got to be true.

Ashlie: There isn’t really a monster living in the Loch. You’ll believe anything. If I saw a real photo of this monster, then I’d believe it.

Stephen: I bet if someone took a photo of the monster, they’d make loads of money. I really want to find the Monster, but first I need to find a shop that sells socks. My feet are killing me.

Ashlie: OK then. Let’s head into town and get you some socks.


Ashlie: Oh wait a minute, Stephen. This looks interesting. I want to go in and take a proper look.

Stephen: That’s just tourist stuff. I want to go and get those socks!  I’ll call you when I’m done.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you later.


Ashlie: These are amazing. Excuse me, how many different tartans are there?

Shop Assistant: At the last count, there were over three thousand tartans with new ones being designed every day.

Ashlie: This one’s nice. What’s this one called?

Shop Assistant: That’s the Royal Stewart tartan belonging to the Stewart Clan. Every clan has its own tartan; the MacKenzies, the Frasers, the Gordons and many, many more.

Ashlie: What about my surname, Walker?

Shop Assistant: Walker, yes, it’s a very popular Scottish name. We’ve got it in mugs, ribbons and even a kilt.

Ashlie: No way - a Walker tartan kilt!

Shop Assistant: We’ve also got it in a book here where you can learn about your clan history.

Ashlie: Maybe I should get my brother a kilt. No, on second thoughts, he’d probably kill me! I’ll just take the book, thanks.


Ashlie: Hiya Stephen, I’m all done here. Did you manage to buy some new socks?

Stephen: Sort of. I’ll come back to the shop. I’ll see you in a second.

Ashlie: OK.

Shop Assistant: that’s two pounds fifty, please

Ashlie: Great – thank you. There’s five.

Shop Assistant: Thank you, and two pounds fifty change, thank you.

Ashlie: Thank you very much.

Ashlie: Stephen!

Stephen: What do you reckon?

Ashlie: It suits you!


Language level

Intermediate: B1


I love a place, it's on the top of a little mountain. And from there, you can see the whole city with its bays, the Nickel plant. Nature and industrialisation.

Dear the LE team,

Ashlie often says "let's get going" when she really wants to go, particularly together with Stephen. Is it right that this sentence has the same meaning with "let's go"? Can you please explain the difference between them?
Is it just the way that native English speaker often use?
Many thanks.

Hello Sdolphin,

It's great that you noticed this, but there isn't really any difference between 'let's go' and 'let's get going' – both are common ways of suggesting that we leave. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

There are many places that have got beautiful sceneries in Turkey.
I go for a walk and take photographs.

In Honduras we have a lots beautiful places to visit and enjoy scenery like Bay Island, Trujillo, La ceiba, Amapala they are amazing.
These places are on Atlantic and Pacific Ocean's coasts.
I love walking on beaches, swimming, climbing, canopy, sailing, rafting (this sport to me is very dangerous, I only see the sporters), I love to visit wild animals' refugees, fish and shrimp's farms, mangroves, marine reefs and many others wonderful places that we have to offer to tourists.

I think there are lots of places in my country where I go to enjoy scenery. Maybe, there are lots of buildings which obstruct you to see scenes in big cities like İstanbul but
actually there are lots of good places to enjoy scenes.

Hi teacher,
Why " sort of " ( stephen said) stand lonely.
When I look up in dictionary, I stand in middle of sentence.
Does it have a different meaning in this case ?
Thank you !!!

Hello nguyen bao tin,

We can use 'sort of' as a response to a question when we want to say 'not completely' or 'in a way'. it is quite informal but is quite correct.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I enjoyed watching the video.

ı think in my country there aren't many places for enjoying the scenery