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History Scene 2

Ashlie and Jay Marie have afternoon tea and Stephen and Tristan take a tour of Elizabeth Tower and listen to a famous bell.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Choose one or more name(s) to answer the questions.


Task 2

Watch the video again. Complete the extracts with the correct information.


Task 3

Complete the extracts from the videos with the correct time adverbials.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello English team!
I can't understand two sentences "The bells themselves" "Big Ben himself"
Can you help me?
Thanks a lot!

Hello Chu Anh Quan,

The reflexive pronouns here ('themselves', 'himself') are used for emphasis here, to show that the sentences refer precisely to 'the bells' and 'Big Ben', rather than what is around them. One way to think of it is 'the bells themselves and nothing else'.

You can read more about reflexive pronouns here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

hello !
I didn't understand some expressions in this scene, i want some help .
Stephen said " You can if you’ve booked. " 0:33
Ash said " I bet it’s loud where Stephen is. " 3:00
Ash also said "I wonder how Stephen and Tristan are getting on? " 4:11

Thank you :)

Hello Omar,

Have you looked up the words you don't know in the dictionary? There's a handy dictionary search box on the lower right side of the page, just under Cambridge Dictionaries Online. If you look up 'book' (here it is used as a verb), 'bet' (again, a verb) and 'get on' (a phrasal verb), I think you'll understand these sentences, but if not, please don't hesitate to ask us again.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

It's not clear when the guide spoke about the bells saying FOUR, it seems POOR, not an F but a P!!! So strange!

In this video, i can't understand when guide say "four" her voice is "Pour".

feel so happy....just say nice.

I'd love to have a wonderful traditional English afternoon tea, too. It'd be truly amazing!
awasome video. I liked it so much, because I enjoyed learning more about English culture.

Dear Team,

I have a question, why can't I save all the videos into my computer/laptop?It's very difficult to watch only by open this website.

Hope you answer me soon and thank you very much for your attention.

Hi Rini,

I'm sorry it's difficult for you to see them, but I'm afraid that most of our videos are under copyright. To see a complete list of our downloadable video and audio, please see our iTunesU page.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team