Episode 15 - Is there a campsite?

Sammy is excited about taking Julia to his favourite campsite. There's just one problem ...


Sammy: It's a great campsite. I go there a lot.
Julia: What's so good about it?
Sammy: There are great facilities. There are lots of sports facilities.
Julia: Is there a swimming pool?
Sammy: Yeah, there's a really big pool. And four tennis courts!
Julia: And what other facilities are there?
Sammy: There's an indoor sports hall for badminton and other indoor sports. And there's a gym!
Julia: Are there any shops in this village?
Sammy: Shops? No, it's quite a small village. But there is a supermarket in the campsite. They've got everything.
Julia: Hmm. It sounds good, but ...
Sammy: And you can hire bikes. There are lots of bike paths around the village.
Julia: That sounds good, but ...
Sammy: And there's a bar with live music every night. It's a great place! And in the summer there are barbecues every evening outside the bar.
Julia: But ...
Sammy: And, I think there's a jacuzzi. Plus, a sauna.
Julia: The thing is ...
Sammy: Oh, and there's a small lake, right in the middle of the campsite!
Julia: That's nice, but ...
Sammy: And the TV room. And every night they put on DVDs ...
Julia: Listen to me!
Sammy: What?        
Julia: It sounds like a great place, but ...
Sammy: But what?
Julia: Well ... I don't like camping. I hate tents! I prefer hotels.
Sammy: Oh, don't worry. There are lots of small wooden huts with kitchens, small bedrooms, a TV ... it's just like a hotel!
Julia: Well ... maybe.

Julia: We're lost, aren't we?
Sammy: I'm sure the campsite's round here somewhere.
Julia: This is not a small village. It's a big town.
Sammy: This is all new. It wasn't here before.
Julia: Excuse me. Parlez-vous anglais?
Woman: Yes, I speak a little English.
Julia: Oh, good. Is there a campsite around here?
Woman: Campsite? No, there isn't a campsite here now. Erm, the campsite closed ten years ago. They built this town on it.
Julia: When was the last time you came to this campsite?
Sammy: Erm ... when I was at school. It was a school trip. Yes, about ten years ago, I think.
Julia: Come on! Let's find a hotel.

Task 1: Check your understanding 1


Task 2: Check your understanding 2


Task 3: There is/are ...


Task 4: Facilities


Task 5: Is/Are there ... ? 1


Task 6: Is/Are there ... ? 2


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Soumis par Rafaela1 le ven 13/03/2020 - 13:10

When I was younger, I joined a camp with my bro which provided kids an unusual experience of walking and staying at snow valley during the daytime. We built the campfire to cook rice for lunch. It was a great experience to cook meal from scratch, but actually I was just waiting and seeing the meal to be cooked!

Soumis par MarkHamburg le jeu 16/01/2020 - 12:23

Great series...when is it going to continue?

Hello MarkHamburg

We're glad you enjoyed it! I'm afraid we don't know when or if we will be able to continue with Starting Out. You might enjoy our video series Word on the Street, which has a different format but which could also be really useful for you.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par shahhoseini le mar 14/01/2020 - 06:02

I like camping. unfortunately, I have stayed in camping very little. Last time, about 35 years ago, when I was a soldier I spent three days camping.

Soumis par Dariusz le sam 30/11/2019 - 00:09

When I was younger I enjoy camping but now when I grown-up I prefer stay in the hotel or rent a room or hut.

Soumis par Rafaela1 le mer 30/10/2019 - 12:53

I've never camped outside. But I like to stay as if nature's embrace; in the glow of sunrise and looking up at the galaxy at night in the mountains. Yeah━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━!! 

Soumis par Santika le sam 27/07/2019 - 06:40

I have watched all 15 videos and worked on all tasks. I really want to know their next stories. Is it possible if they have future together? The first story in the first video is already incredible but absolutely nice. They are absolutely friendly people and very welcome to the strangers they are. They are willing to know and accept each other. They can communicate well and overcome conflicts. The woman seems strong and independent. The man seems soft and gentle. Seems like they are a good couple.

Hello Santika

Thanks very much for your comment. I'm afraid there is no immediate plan to continue with Starting Out, mostly because we have so many other things we are working on right now. But it's always useful to have our users' feedback and we do consider it when taking decisions, so thanks again for letting us know that you enjoyed the series.

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Soumis par Cherif le dim 12/05/2019 - 12:06

why choose to spend your holidays in a campsite?   I am of the opinion of Julia, I prefer the hotels, but I will still try the campsite at least once

Soumis par chawonko le sam 11/05/2019 - 08:33

It was really good for me to hear Sam's and Julia's story. also, I could hear the clear British accent from their speaking. and last, The story was funny a bit and made me smile too. Thank you for making it

Soumis par jmajo le jeu 10/01/2019 - 23:42

Yes I like, but despite the camp-sites are always the cheapest options, I prefer to stay in hotels if I've got enough money to afford one.

Soumis par Wega le jeu 10/01/2019 - 10:12

In my childhood and as a teenager, I like camping, but today I prefer to go into a hotel.