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History Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen talk about American English and some uses of passive verb forms.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.

Task 1

Click on the American English word to complete each sentence.


Task 2

Can you remember the American English words from Task 1? Type in the words to complete the sentences.


Task 3

Complete the sentences with the correct passive expressions for talking about landmarks.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


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Hello Learn English Team,

I have a doubt on the below sentence.

Nikhil's summer holidays had begun.He did not want to go to swimming lessons.

Whether this statement is correct or

Nikhil's summer holidays had begun.He did not want attend a summer camp.

Hello sobharam,

I have already answered this question on this page. Please do not post the same question multiple times as it only slows down the process of answering.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your so good work.
But how can I get the transcript of this lesson? This dialogue between Rob and Stephen?
Thanks in advance
Best regards

Hello Cesar,

Welcome to LearnEnglish and thanks for your appreciation! There are no transcripts for Word on the Street Language Focus episodes, but you're welcome to ask for clarification about specific short segments (e.g. 1:03-1:12) here in the comments. If another user doesn't help you, we will.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I think this site is always very helpful to learn English. I apprecite that British Council runs such useful site while USA doesn't have one like this.
I'm from South Korea and living in UAE now. I want to have more free talking with native, but at the same time I am lack of confidency and scared of making mistakes. I want to and have to get over this give me some tips.

Hello Lucie_K,

What you want to improve is called fluency. The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible. To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you. It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.

However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone. Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating.

You can also use our audio and video materials, like this Word on the Street page, to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording.This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency. You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

Good luck!

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

could you please show me what's the difference between ''trouser'' and "pants"? and should each of them is different from the other,please tell me which situation we must use "trouser" or pants" exactly?

Hi northern96,

You can find explanations of both of these words in our dictionary - see the search box under Cambridge Dictionaries Online on the right. Pay special attention to the entries under 'pants', as this word means different things in British and American English - this might be what you find confusing.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

The original St Paul's was destroyed in great fire of London in 1666.
in that sentence what if I use the word was built instead of the word was destroyed
please I don't get the difference