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Night Out Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie meet up with some friends for a night out in London. Will they manage to find a venue that everyone will enjoy?

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

Preparation

Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What activities do you like to do with your friends in the evening?
  • Where would you go for a night out?
  • Do you have a favourite place you like going to?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie as they go out for a night on the town.

Transcripts

Transcript

Ashlie: That should do it. The Yorkshire Grey in half an hour... I’m here in Covent Garden and we’re going on a night out. It’s the very centre of London – a place where lots of people come to meet up and hit the town. Now, Stephen should be here any minute.

Stephen: Hi Ash. Sorry I’m late. Have you heard from Caroline and Carl?

Ashlie: Yes, they’re at the Yorkshire Grey. Just round the corner. Come on.

Stephen: You alright?

Ashlie: How are you?

Stephen: Hi Carline – how’ve you been?

Caroline: Yeah good – so great to see you.

Carl: How are you? How’s things?

Ashlie: Really good. You?

Carl: Yeah – good thanks.

Ashlie: Go on then Stephen – get us some drinks.

Stephen: Ok – what will you have?

Ashlie: I’ll have a sparkling water and what are you having, Caroline?

Caroline: Er, a glass of white wine.

Ashlie: And a glass of white for Caroline. Ooh and get us some crisps, salt and vinegar.

Stephen: And how about you Carl? What can I get you?

Carl: Thanks Stephen, I’ll have a pint of lager.

Ashlie: Come on then. Let’s go and sit down.

Carl: I’ll give you a hand.

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Stephen: Hi there. Can I have a sparkling …

Stephen: Sorry - Hi Phil? This really isn’t a good time. I’ll call you back in er...10 minutes? OK. Yeah. Right. Um, can I have a sparkling water, a glass of white wine, a coke, a pint of lager - and a packet of salt and vinegar crisps, please?

Barmaid: There’s the lager, a sparkling water, a cola and a packet of salt and vinegar crisps.... Is there anything else?

Stephen: That’s it thanks.

Barmaid: That’s nine ninety, please.

Stephen: Here you go, 10 pounds. Keep the change.

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Ashlie: Here they are. You guys took your time.

Stephen: Big queue at the bar.  There you go. 

Ashlie: Thank you.

Ashlie: So, what’s the plan for tonight then?

Stephen: Well, we could go to another pub? Or we could… Phil called. I said I’d call him back.

Ashlie: Ah - I’ll give him a ring. His band might be playing tonight. I’ll just pop outside. I’ll be back in a sec.

Caroline: What sort of music is it?

Stephen: Do you know what … it’s a bit … it’s not my kind of thing…

Ashlie: Right guys. Listen. Phil’s band are playing tonight in Brixton and if we leave now we’ll make it just in time.

Carl: OK then, lets go.

Ashlie: Come on then, let’s get a taxi.

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Ashlie: Wow, they’re so cool!

Stephen: Hmmm.

Singer: Thank you very much. We’re the Rum Shebeens. Goodnight.

Ashlie: They were excellent. They were so good!

Stephen: Ah - I’m not sure about the music. It’s not exactly my kind of thing.  You can’t really dance to it, can you? You know what guys, I think we should go dancing. I know a great place.

Carl: Actually, it’s getting quite late.

Stephen: Oh, come on.

Carl: Sorry, I’ve got to go to work in the morning. 

Caroline: Me too, Stephen. I’m sorry. We’ll get a taxi home.

Stephen: OK, never mind. It looks like it’s just me and you, kid!

Ashlie: Well, actually Stephen, it is late and...

Stephen: Oh come on, don’t be so boring. I want to dance.

Ashlie: Oh, alright, then. See you later guys!

Caroline: Have a good night. See you later!

Ashlie: See you!

Carl: Bye.

Stephen: Have a good night – take care! 

Ashlie: Right then. Where are you taking me?

Stephen: You’re going to love it.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello, I really don't understand the meaning of "hit the town" , could you explain me please? Thank you very much!

In the evening like to go to the theatre, movies, restaurants.
I would you go to the disco for a night out.
I don't have a favourite place where I like going to; it's depends on days or friends.

Hi Word on the street,
I've watched your programme on TV everyday and I am so interested in it. There is a part "Seat on the street" on TV but I can't see it on website. Could you please help me out to find where it is on your website?
Thank you very much.

Hello Lawrence,

I'm afraid that the 'Seat on the Street' segment is not available on LearnEnglish. As far as I know, it's not available anywhere on the internet, but if you do an internet search for 'BBC Word on the Street' perhaps you can find something.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team