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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.


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.


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.


Task 2

Decide if these statements are true or false.


Task 3

Order the words to make useful expressions from the video.



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Yes, there are open-air markets in my country. I don't know I have any artistic talents or not. I just draw and paint because it makes me happy and free and full of live. I think a couple of hand which make their works happily and pleasurably create good art.

Yes, there are.
I used to draw some pictures by Van Gogh but I have lost my talent.
It must have got the colours that makes you happy and refreshed.

ı havent got any ability about draw but ı love art and ı want to do drawing

I love draw somethings. And I think if someone wants to make art he/she must be patient and creative

I don't have artistic talents. I can't draw picture.
I think if someone wants to make art, he or she must be creative.

can you tell me when the man at T-shirt shop say: "Thanks a million"
what does his mean ?

Hello votantai,

To look up words and phrases such as this please use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of the page. Just type the phrase into the search box and click 'Look it up!' You'll see a definition, examples and more. You can even hear the pronunciation in British and American English.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I tried it, very usefull but sometimes it's so complicate.
Thanks a million!!

I can't listen the sentences "So you're actually making some money?" Ashlie spoke too fast. Can you show me how she linking these words.
Thank you

Hello phuongthao138,

The best way to get used to connected speech is to hear it rather than see it, but I would suggest you pay attention to the less stressed words in the sentence:


The words in capitals are stressed and the other words run together, filling in the space between the stressed words. You can imagine it as a regular rhythm with a beat on each stressed word:


These words have the same time gap between them; the other words are squeezed inbetween them.

Listen and repeat; try to say it with Ashlie so you can copy her speed and delivery.

Good luck!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team