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Art Scene 1

At an art market, Ash and Stephen find themselves in an argument about who is the better artist. They decide to have a competition, but first they need to find out what art is.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to the Tasks and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Preparation

Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Are there open-air art markets in your country?
  • Do you have any artistic talents?
  • What do you think makes for good art?

Now watch to find out how Ashlie and Stephen get into their fight.

Transcripts

Ashlie: What about this, Stephen?

Stephen: Typical, Ash. You choose the biggest thing in the market for your tiny flat.

Ashlie: Well, yeah... I guess it is a bit too big. Let's look over there.

Stephen: We can’t take too long. We’ve got to go and say hello to Pete.

Ashlie: Yeah, OK... We're at an art market – it's a kind of market where artists sell their art.

Stephen: Ashlie wants to buy some art for her flat and she’s already seen about ten things she wants to buy.

Stephen: Hi, Pete. How's it going?

Pete: Hi, guys. Great, thanks. It’s quite busy today. There’s lots of people buying things.

Ashlie: Wow... so you're actually making some money?

Pete: Yeah, of course. This is a great place to sell art.

Stephen: Right, well, let me give you a hand. You need a proper salesman!

Ashlie: Right, OK – you stay here. I'm off to find some art for my flat.

Stephen: OK, but don’t be gone too long – and don’t spend all your money!

…..

Ashlie: Hi there. Ooh, how much are these?

Stallholder: They’re twelve pounds.

Ashlie: They’re very cool. Are they all your own designs?

Stallholder: Yeah, they are. Liachild is my own brand.

Ashlie: Good luck with it!

Stallholder: Thanks a million.

Ashlie: Thanks.

Stallholder: Thank you.

…..

Stephen: So what did you buy, then?

Ashlie: Nothing, actually, but I’ve got an idea that could make us some money!

Stephen: What is it?

Ashlie: Well, I'm going to make some art, come back to the market and sell it! Brilliant idea, huh?

Stephen: Yes, excellent idea! Except one thing... You're not an artist.

Ashlie: Well, I can learn, can't I? All great artists had to start somewhere.

Stephen: Well, if it's that easy, why don't we both try and make some art? And then come back next week and try and sell it?

Ashlie: Stephen, I reckon you won’t be able to sell a single thing.

Stephen: Sounds like a challenge. Why don't we make it a bit more exciting?

Ashlie: In what way?

Stephen: Well, the one who sells the most is the winner... and the winner gets to keep all the money we make. Agree?

Ashlie: Agree.

Stephen: Ah! You’re going to be giving all your money to me!

Ashlie: Oh, yeah, right, whatever. Come on then, I need to get some inspiration.

.....

Stephen: So this is art, is it?

Ashlie: Err, yes, Stephen, it is.

Stephen: Looks like a pile of old junk to me.

Ashlie: Art is all about ideas. Try and look at what the artist is trying to say.

Stephen: This is harder than I thought.

Ashlie: Come on, let's have a look over there.

…..

Stephen: So Ash – what do you think of this? I have been trying to understand the message. What is the artist trying to say here?

Ashlie: Well, what do you think, Stephen?

Stephen: I guess he's trying to make us think about the modern world. He’s using a rubbish bin to show how everyday objects...

Ashlie: Stephen – that is a rubbish bin. Come on, you. Let’s make some art!

Task 1

Order the sentences according to the video.

Exercise

Task 2

Decide if these statements are true or false.

Exercise

Task 3

Order the words to make useful expressions from the video.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

It's a quite lovely video.

Thanks for this episode!
Unfortunately, here in Brazil, the open-air art markets are all closed because of the Covid 19.

Hello
(Don't be gont too long)I didn't understand the structure of the sentence ,And what too long mean?
Thanks

Hello fidaasiddig,

We use Don't be... to tell somebody not to behave in a certain way. Here, the speaker is telling the other person to be on time, because Don't be too long means Don't take too much time.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, (You’re going to be giving all your money to me)
Why it's not (You’re going to give me all your money)
(artists had to start)why had not have to

Hello fidaasiddig,

You could say 'not going to give' in this context. There is no grammatical reason for using the continuous form in this kind of exclamation. It is just a way of adding emphasis to this kind of sentence in informal speech.

In the second example, 'had to' is used because the speaker is thinking about artists in the past, and is saying 'it was always this way'. You could use 'have to' and it would be correct. In that case it would describe artists in general, saying 'it has always been this way' (in the past and now).

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

:)

Thank you!

Dear Team,I've already finished the Learn English Podcasts and the BCSW series and tried to do the next studing step,i.e.,the Word of the Street series as you recommend.I confront some problems here and I'm trying to deal with them.However,the main problem for me is the fast and not always clear dialogoues and conversations.Sometimes I feel lost and confused, even I try listening and reading them again and again.I've tried to reduce the speed on the video, but it's impossible in this series.What else can I do?Could you help me?

Hello nikoslado,

It may be that you need more practice before moving on to Word on the Street, which is B1/B2 level.

You can use our search page to find material at B1 level (like Big City Small World):

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/content

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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