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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, Kirk!
I think that was a problem with my computer. I've changed some it's parts and now I can see the video. I hope everything will go well and I'll be able to see all videos on LearnEnglish. I really appreciate for your help.

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Hello Qwesa,

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The LearnEnglish Team

I really like this short videos because they are a kind of guide for me about Britain. Thanks.

four and the Elizabeth Tower

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

I got it now
Thanks a lot Mr. Kirk