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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


Hello samiasamou,

'We can't take too long' means 'we don't have much time to do this - we must be quick'.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! I'm sorry, but I don't understand why they use "don't be gone too long" instead of " don't stay away too long" and "I'm off" instead of " I go around" or "I'm around". Can you explain me, please? Many, many thanks

Hello lellablu,

'Don't be gone too long' means 'come back quickly'.

'I'm off' is another way of saying 'I'm leaving'.  It is a very informal phrase but quite common in colloquial English when two friends are talking.

I hope that clarifies it for you.  Remember that you can use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online window on the right to look up phrases like this - you'll get a definition, some examples and information on style and pronunciation.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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can you tell me what's the different between "around" and "round"?
In task 1 there is a sentence: Ash goes looking round the market on her own.
I'll wait your reply, sir. many thanks

Hi elroyf,
In most contexts the two words are interchangeable with no difference in meaning, as in your example here where you can use either word:
Ash goes looking round the market.
Ash goes looking around the market.
The main difference between them is that 'round' can be used as an adjective to describe a shape ('a round biscuit', for example), while 'around' cannot.  When used as an adverb or a preposition, however, they have the same meaning.
I hope that clarifies it for you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi how can i reply or fill in blanks and check the correct answer.I tried but failed.

Hi Dawood Nangyal,
I'm not sure which task you're trying to do.  There are three tasks for this video and none of them involve replying or filling in blanks.  Task 1 is an ordering task (drag the sentences into the right order); Task 2 is a true/false task (click on either true or false for each statement); Task 3 is an ordering task (drag the words into the right places).
For each task, click on 'Check Answers' to see if your answer is right or wrong; click on 'Finish' to see your total score for the exercise and to see the correct answers.
I hope that helps you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team