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The Classic British Car

Carmen visits the National Motor Museum and talks to an expert about the rise and decline of the Classic British car.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Teachers ,

Here , where Carmen says ' The motor industry played a central part in Britain's industrial past ' , is it possible saying the same thing using 'role ' instead of ' part ' ?

Thank you '

Best regards ,

Hello illya_b,

Yes, both of those words are possible and have the same meaning in this context.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


I have finished watching all episodes of Word on the Street... now, I just wondering whether new episodes will come out in a near future or it is the Bestival the end of the series?

Any suggestions for improving listening and comprehension skills ? and in writing short essays advice?

Thanks in advance, you have being helpful

Hi MayelaM,

Each summer for the past three years, usually beginning in July, 10 new episodes of Word on the Street have been published. As far as I know, we will publish a new series in the summer of 2015, but I'm afraid it's unlikely there will be anything new there until then.

There are several other parts of the site that you could use to practice your listening and comprehension. The Elementary Podcasts and Big City Small World are series of audio podcasts with transcripts and exercises; many of the pages in the Magazine feature audio recordings of the texts; and then there are videos under Britain is Great, How to... and You're Hired, most of which feature transcripts and exercises.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

i could not see the move ?
could you help me ?

Hello davood1355,

The first thing I'd recommend you do is update your Flash player, or install one if you don't already have one. If that doesn't work, can you see the video under Can't see video? Click here! on this page? That might work for you.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Very interesting indeed !!!

Hi :)

I've been a member for this website in 3 and half days and I've finished all episode of 'word on the street' ..! Stephen and Ashley is very funny and I laughing all the time everytime I saw the videos!! This website help me a lot for learning english though. Thanks a lot :D
Now, I wanna ask some question. What the mean of 'though' is? Is it same like 'anyway'? and when we can say it? Is that right the uses of 'though' like what I made in the sentence above?
When people speak in English I know what the mean is, I know what the video talk about. My problem is I don't know what to say, it's so difficult for me to making a good sentences. Do you have an advise for me? and don't you mind to correct all of this my sentences? I made it self though, not using dictionary or others. :) Thank you very much indeed :D

Hi hendraspt,

It's great to hear that the website is helping you!

'Though' is a linking device which shows contrast.  It can be used in several ways in English:

  • As a conjunction (e.g. 'Though he practised every day, he was never a good tennis player.')
  • As an adverb in a similar way to 'however' (e.g. 'I went to her house to talk to her.  She was out, though.')

You can find more information on sentence structure, including conjunctions such as 'though' here.

We don't, I'm afraid, correct language on LearnEnglish as we simply don't have the time to do it for such a large number of users.  For that you'll need to ask a teacher where you live.

To improve speaking my general advice would be to practise without worrying too much about accuracy.  In most contexts fluency and clarity is far more important when speaking than grammatical accuracy, and concentrating on not making mistakes can have a negative effect on these.  Focus on expressing yourself clearly and practise as much as you can, perhaps with a friend who is also learning English - that way you can help yourself.  You can also use the listening materials here on LearnEnglish to provide you with examples of natural English, and use the transcript to practise speaking along with the recording so you can develop speed and fluency.

I hope those suggestions are useful for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter, that's mean a lot for me :D