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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Hi LearnEnglish Team. I am really appreciate your work to help us improving our English skill. I've already watched Big City Small World and Word on the Street series. I found out it is really interesting to know about England life and those series very helpful to discover the British culture. By other hand, the contents in those series is being express extremely attractive by the actors' performance. Now, I'm watching Britain is Great series, it's a great series too because of itself has all the advantages above. But, I just realize I need to practice English too, that is the primary reason make me come to this site. I always watch the clip with entertainment purpose and see the transcript if I meet some new vocabulary. I need to improve my English skill too. I dont know whether my method help me to get my goals. Is there any advice gave to me to make me watch those videos more efficient? Thank for taking time to read my comment.

Hi ngqudong,

It sounds like you're on the right road to achieving your goals! I would suggest also using the transcript in a different way. After listening to (watching) each episode, try to do it again and speak along with the presenter. Use the transcript as a script for you and try to speak with the presenters. This will give you practise in speaking with a natural tempo and natural intonation and will help you with your fluency, without needing any partner.

I hope that suggestion is helpful.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I have just discovered this site and registered. It's really great and helpful videos for me. I have great desire to learn English fluently and hope my dream comes true finally :) I know I make mistakes but I will do my best! Thank you to you all for helping me.

I really appreciate all what you've got to offer us; it really is amazing. I do have a sort of problem though; can we download videos in HD? Thanks in advance.

Hello Abdelkadir khellaf,

I'm afraid the videos on LearnEnglish are not available for download for technical and legal reasons. We do make audio files available for our audio sections such as podcasts.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your reply. I would like to have some explanation about a sentence that has actually got me confused; it is found in the transcript of the first video. It goes as follows ". Lock’s sell that must-have in gentlemen’s fashion: the hat! ". The sentence is to be found in "at Lok's" section. First I though " must_have functioned as an adjective in that sentence, but I am not that confident. Thank you in advance.

Hello Abdelkadir khellaf,

You are correct that in this sentence 'must-have' is an adjective. It means that the item is extremely desirable and fashionable.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Well, I live in Almaty and I have never been in London. This video gives information on number of upmarket shops, including the ultimate in luxury Harrods, designer fashion place Harvey Nicks, baby's world Hamleys, retail heaven Oxford Street, the Olympic-sized shopping centre at Westfield, Stratford.
Likewise there is a great shopping gem in the heart of Piccadilly. The most interesting fact is that Lock’s opened in 1679. This is a history. It might be the outstanding difference between shopping in London and shopping in Almaty.

The main difference is the price of course. I live in Turkey, almost everything is cheaper than England in here but I'm not a shopping fan actually. Great video, thanks!

Hi! Now the most notable difference between shopping in London and shopping in Ukraine is price. Many world famous trademarks are presented in Ukraine. I like a wide variety of goods here.

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