London has some of the world’s most famous department stores: Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and many others. Our presenter Richard visits them and also samples a smaller shop for a range of shopping experiences.

Task 1

In what order did Richard look at the following products?

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Task 2

What's special about each shop or area?

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Task 3

Match the beginnings and ends of these phrases.

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Task 4

Richard said "If only they had it in my size". Type the correct form of the verb in the gap. Make it negative if necessary. 

We have a page on LearnEnglish about the use of 'if only'.

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Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2

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In Brazil, it is difficult to find traditional stores like in London. Here, it is common to find stores selling products of different brands, but with the same category. Except by the multinationals with branches here.

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Hi. i have questions.
how non native speakers who come to the English countries learn English? I know he/she goes to English class but how long does it take to be fluency in English?

Thanks

Hi xxx1360,

There is no answer to this question, I'm afraid, as it really is different for different people. Time, motivation, language skills, needs... there are many variables.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

"Done quite well there", what does it mean, please? i can not understand this!!!

Hello Ken,

Here he's left out the words 'I've', i.e. what he's really saying is 'I've done quite well there'. It's not completely clear, but I think what he means is that he's done a good job with his shopping - he's bought what he needed and enjoyed himself.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much !!!

this video remind me about shopping in London, specially the hat shop. I remember when my husband took me there, I was so surprised about the design and of course the price too, as I'm from a country where most of the thing are very cheap. anyway, after few years of living with my husband my mind has changed a bit, it is worth to pay for famous brand and seem like the stuffs from there will be last forever

Hi Mango,
I agree with you about the quality of products sold by famous firms. Anyway, especially for apparel, accessories and footwear, I prefer to buy cheaper stuff. It is true: in this case, the “items” won’t last long, but I have the opportunity to change them more often, as they are cheap, and obviously, I can “update” my dressing style at the same time.

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