Animals Scene 1

Ashlie goes for an interview - but her interviewer is more interested in someone else!


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Would you like to be in an advert?
  • Who in a family should look after the pets?

Now watch Ashlie as she tries for an acting job.



Ashlie: Where did I put my purse? Have you seen my keys?

Stephen: I think I saw them in the kitchen, Ash.

Ashlie: Thanks. Hey, watch this. She looks great. I really hope I get this part this afternoon.

Stephen: Ashlie’s watching a lot of advertisements on TV at the moment. She’s got an audition today. If they like her, she could be the star of the next TV ad.

Ashlie: Yeah, right.

Stephen: This audition, what’s the advert about? What is it advertising, Ash?

Ashlie: Erm… I don’t really know. I hope I get it, though. I’ll be on TV, Stephen! Anyway, come on, turn this off. My meeting’s at eleven o’clock. Come on. Bring Poppy.

Stephen: This is Poppy, Ashlie’s dog. Isn’t she lovely? Come on, Poppy, let’s go.


Ashlie: OK, Stephen. Wish me luck.

Stephen: Good luck, Ashlie. I’m sure you’ll be fantastic. I’ll see you back here in a couple of hours.

Ashlie: Hang on! You have to take Poppy.

Stephen: No, I can’t. I’m going to the gym. They won’t let her in.

Ashlie: Oh Stephen, I wish you’d told me before we left the house. What am I going to do with her now?

Stephen: Well, leave her here. She’ll be OK. 

Ashlie: No way, Stephen! I can’t leave my baby here. You’ll have to take her.

Stephen: No, sorry, Ashlie. I’ve got to run, sorry!

Ashlie: I’ll just have to take you with me then, I guess. Come on, Poppy.


Ashlie: Hello.

Casting Director: Ashlie Walker?

Ashlie: Hi. That’s me! Hi.

Casting Director: Hi. Thanks for coming. Shall we just get started?

Ashlie: Actually, before we begin, I’m really sorry but my brother was supposed to take my dog and he let me down. Do you mind if she’s here? I promise she’ll be quiet!

Casting Director: Not at all. She might be exactly what we’re looking for. Aren’t you lovely? What’s her name?

Ashlie: Poppy. I’ve done this kind of thing a few times.

Casting Director: Hi, Poppy. Aren’t you lovely? How old is she?

Ashlie: She’s six months. Could you tell me something about the advertisement?

Casting Director: Wow, she’s really lovely. Aren’t you lovely? Eh? Who’s a lovely girl then?

Ashlie: Erm… are we ready to start?

Casting Director: What? Oh, yes. We’re going to take a few photos of you.

Ashlie: OK. Great.

Casting Director: Are you going to have your photograph taken too, Poppy? Are you? Come on.


Casting Director: OK, Ashlie, that was great, thanks.

Ashlie: Thank you.

Casting Director: You were both fantastic. I'm sure they'll like it. I’ll give you a call soon, OK?

Ashlie: OK then. Thanks again.

Casting Director: Bye, Ashlie.

Ashlie: Bye.

Casting Director: Bye, Poppy.


Ashlie: Oh, hiya!

Stephen: Well, how did it go?

Ashlie: Erm, well, it went well, I think. I think they liked me. They really liked Poppy, didn’t they, Poppy?

Stephen: They liked Poppy?

Ashlie: Yeah. The guy said... Oh, hang on... Hello?

Stephen: Who is it?

Ashlie: Yes, it’s Ashlie. Oh, that’s fantastic. Thank you. Sure. Sure, yeah, that’s fine. Er, OK, alright. Thank you. Bye.

Stephen: What is it? Well?

Ashlie: I got the part.

Stephen: That was quick.

Ashlie: And they want Poppy, too!

Stephen: Wahey! Well done, girl.

Ashlie: What about me?

Stephen: Well done, Ash.

Ashlie: Urrrgh, Stephen, you’re all smelly!

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Submitted by May Thida Su on Mon, 22/02/2021 - 14:12

Ash's speaking speed is very fast. I can't catch. Phew !!!

Submitted by Brice on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 08:58

The speed is fast and somewhat I can't catch them.

Submitted by reihane88 on Mon, 23/11/2020 - 18:00

hi, what is the meaning of " he let me down".

Hello reihane88,

If somebody lets you down, they don't do what they promised and you are disappointed about it. Here, Ashlie is upset that Stephen isn't helping her with Poppy.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Guilherme Lobo… on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 13:54

I've got a cat... her name's Monkey. I love her!

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Thu, 07/05/2020 - 18:06

Thanks for the video!it was fantastic...

Submitted by ademyonet on Sun, 12/04/2020 - 10:42

This video is fluently but it was hard. It was short words though, I hardly understood it.

Submitted by Praveen kumar on Wed, 26/06/2019 - 02:00

I like advertising

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Hello rodrigo.tog

I'm afraid there do not seem to be any keyboard shortcuts for our video player, at least as far as I can tell. That would indeed be a great feature, which we will suggest to our provider.


All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by ThaiNguyen on Mon, 07/01/2019 - 13:07

It's great ! I've just created my account, It's fun !!!

Submitted by Marwa.Mohamed on Tue, 01/01/2019 - 01:26

Mr.Kirk and Mr.Peter, I would like to wish you a peaceful New Year with every joy and success in all of your projects. Deep thanks for your genuine help. God bless you all.

Hi Marwa

On behalf of Peter and the rest of the team, thank you very much and best wishes to you for a peaceful new year!

All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ali boroki on Sat, 17/11/2018 - 19:43

Hi dears it's me Ali. How can i download this short clip ,and watch it for many times on my cellphone Would you please give advice? Thanks in advance.

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Submitted by Nour Alhouda Alnizam on Fri, 20/10/2017 - 16:25

If they like(ed) her, she could be the star of the next TV ad. It's the second type of (if conditionals) We have to put the verb in the past. (like> liked) Is that right?

Hello Nour,

You're right about the second conditional using a verb in the past after 'if' and then a conditional form in the other clause, e.g. 'If they liked her performance, Ashlie would be very happy'. We use this kind of sentence to speak about something hypothetical or which we think isn't likely.

But here Ashlie uses 'could' to indicate a possibility that she sees as real. Given that she sees it as a real possibility, the first conditional is the correct form here. Using a different conditional verb in the second part of the sentence (e.g. 'If they like her, I would be happy') wouldn't be the best form, but 'could' is a bit different here.

It's great that you noticed this. I hope that helps you understand it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by STEPHANE ROTH on Thu, 09/03/2017 - 20:08

I forgot to write 'in an advert" in my first sentence.

Submitted by STEPHANE ROTH on Thu, 09/03/2017 - 20:07

I'd want to be an athlete who eats some healthy food and promote sustainabilty. All the family, from parents to children, should look after their pets.

Submitted by Nizam Balinese on Wed, 22/02/2017 - 04:11

Hi Team. In this case, Could I rechangeable between Past tense and Present Perfect. Ashlie : Where did I put my purse? Have you seen my keys? Stephen : I think I saw them in the kitchen, Ash. ============== Ashlie : Where have I put my purse? Did you see my keys? Stephen : I think I've seen them in the kitchen, Ash. Could you please explain? Thank you.

Submitted by Peter M. on Wed, 22/02/2017 - 07:16

In reply to by Nizam Balinese


Hi Nizam Balinese,

The verb is important here. 'Put' is an action which does not continue in time; it is one moment. Therefore the present perfect (which would denote unfinished time) is not appropriate. However, if the verb is different then the present perfect could be used. For example, you could say 'Where have I left...'

With 'see' both present perfect and past simple are possible in this context. Remember that the past simple requires a finished time reference, so this must be either stated or implied/understood ('when you were in the house', 'before you left' etc).


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Team. I'm so sorry, Team. I discuss this case again because I get distructed when I try to implement what you've mentioned in my daily conversation. Regarding my question " Where have I put my purse? " What about if I change this into " Where have I been putting my purse? " Is it still incorrect? =================== As you mentioned : " put is an action which does not continue in time, it is one moment. Therefore The Present Ferfect ( which would denote unfinished time ) is not appropriate ". What do you mean this? Do you mean 'put' is not appropriate just only for this case or for all activities in The Present Perfect? When I say : 1. I have put the water in the freezer. ( is it correct or not? ) 2. Where have you put the water? ( is it correct or not? ) Would you like to explain, please? Thank you very much.

Submitted by Peter M. on Thu, 23/03/2017 - 07:59

In reply to by Nizam Balinese


Hello Nizam Balinese,

The sentence

Where have I been putting my purse?

does not make sense because it would suggest you have been repeatedly putting your purse in a place in some kind of obsessive manner. It is similar to theis example:

I've cut my finger.

This is fine: you cut your finger, presumably by accident.

I've been cutting my finger.

This makes no sense because it would mean that you have cut your finger repeatedly again and again, which is not something a sane person would do.

The two sentences you have at the end of your comment are both fine.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Team. My sentence at the end of my comnent : "Where have you put the water?" is fine. But my sentence at the earlier question : "Where have I put my purse?" is wrong. How can that be? Could you please, explain? Thank you very much.

Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 24/03/2017 - 08:26

In reply to by Nizam Balinese


Hi Nizam Balinese,

The sentence is not wrong in itself, but it is not appropriate in a context where there is a finished time period. In your initial post you mixed tenses without regard for consistency, so you had 'Where have I put my purse?' and 'Did you see my keys?' in the same utterance. You need to make a choice here: either the time reference is unfinished, in which case present perfect is likely, or it is finished, in which case past simple is likely.

The verb 'put' is more commmonly used in the past simple than the present perfect for the reason explained earlier. That does not mean it cannot be used in other forms, of course.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team