Camden Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie realise they have quite similar ideas about what their Mum would like, but Ashlie soon gets distracted from the task in hand!

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

Preparation

Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Do you ever shop in markets in your country?
  • Think about markets in Britain. Do you think they will be the same as markets in your country, or different?

Watch Stephen and Ashlie go shopping in Camden Market in London.

Transcript

 

Stephen: Here we are in Camden Lock Market. It’s a great place to go shopping and we need to buy a birthday present for our Mum. What do you think we should get her, Ash?

Ashlie: Well our Mum loves nice clothes and costume jewellery. So - I’m sure we’ll find something here.

Stephen: It's huge here, Ash. I’ll tell you what, let’s split up, see what we can find and I’ll meet you back here in one hour.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you back here in an hour, then.

Stephen: Oh, Ash – can you lend me 50 quid?

Ashlie: 50 quid, eh?

Stephen: Don’t worry, you’ll get it back!

Ashlie: That should do it.

Stephen: Thank you.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you back here later.

Stephen: See you!

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Stephen: Wow, look at these! I’ve never seen one of these before. How much are these?

Shopkeeper: Five pound each.

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Ashlie: Excuse me. Do you have this in another colour?

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Stephen: Hiya – how’s it going?

Shopkeeper: Hi, very well. How are you?

Stephen: Good, thanks.

Stephen: I like these, how much are they?

Shopkeeper: Er, the leaf lights – they are £21.95.

Stephen: Hmm, I’m not sure she’ll like them. Can you help me? I’m looking for a birthday present for my mum. Any ideas?

Shopkeeper: What type of thing does she like?

Stephen: Well, she’s quite stylish – modern, I suppose.

Shopkeeper: Well, the yin yang’s really modern. What do you think of that?

Stephen: Hmm. What about that one over there?

Shopkeeper: Ah, the ball lights – lovely – it’s fifty pounds.

Stephen: Oh.

Shopkeeper: How about... forty, seeing as it’s your mother’s birthday?

Stephen: Twenty?

Shopkeeper: Twenty? That’s really cheap. How about I meet you halfway – twenty-five?

Stephen: Great, thanks mate. My Mum’s going to love this.

Shopkeeper: You’re welcome.

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Ashlie: Aah - I'm running out of time…

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Ashlie: Excuse me, how much is this?

Shopkeeper: Er, that’s fifty pounds.

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Stephen: So? How did you get on?

Ashlie: Pretty good, I guess. I bought this fantastic candle holder. It was a little bit expensive, but I think Mum will love it. In fact I almost bought one for myself!

Stephen: Yeah… great – and look what I found!

Ashlie: Well, that is just crazy – how did we end up buying the same candle holder in this huge market??!

Stephen: I’ll tell you what we’ll do. You take this one. You said you almost bought one for yourself - and you lent me fifty pounds, right?

Ashlie: Right.

Stephen: So you take this one, I’ll get lunch and we’ll call it quits! Come on – it’s time to get something to eat. Lunch is on me, remember. Come on!

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Hello Trieu Hai Binh,

'Quid' is an informal or slang expression for the British pound. It is a countable noun but its plural form is the same as its singular form so we say 'one quid' (one pound), 'ten quid' (ten pounds) and so on.

Many currencies have slang names. For example, in the US dollars can also be called 'bucks'.

 

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Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Tmc on Fri, 13/10/2017 - 09:34

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How can I make use of this useful video?

Hello Tmc,

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Submitted by Behrouz on Thu, 12/10/2017 - 19:20

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how can I download camden text ?

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Submitted by rockyahsan on Thu, 05/10/2017 - 15:52

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Yes, I do and enjoy it like everyone. In Bangladesh, markets are pretty similar to Britain, I suppose. Though Bangladesh is a developing country, the biggest shopping mall of Asia is situated here.However, one of common character of our market is- many of them are appeared on foot patch! I perceive one of the big different is, most of the market in our country are congested!!

Submitted by DimitrisV on Tue, 03/10/2017 - 14:59

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Hi I think the word on the street is the cleverest and more useful series for everyone who learns English because someone listens to real English and grammar rules. The actors are excellent. It’s really fantastic. And your explanations are also great. Congratulations. P.S. There are too many comments Team. How could I see only the questions and your explanations? Thanks a lot and best regards

Submitted by Kirk on Tue, 03/10/2017 - 18:49

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Submitted by nnazario on Mon, 02/10/2017 - 19:22

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Hello, really nice video. What is the meaning of "let’s split up" in this video? Greetings, Nestor

Hello Nestor,

"Let's split up" here is a suggestion that the two people should separate and not stay together. Stephen says that the place is very large and so not staying together will enable them to visit more market stalls and find a better present for their Mum.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Alice RWL on Sun, 17/09/2017 - 20:41

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Is quid a slang for pound?

Submitted by Krysmin on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 02:47

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Hello, My name is Krymin, I really like videos of 'Words on the street'. These are useful and helpful. But I don't understand the sentence "How did you get on?" on this video. Could you mind explaining it in order that I can get it? Best regards, Krysmin

Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 07:53

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Hello Krysmin,

I'm glad you like our videos.

The sentence 'How did you get on?' means something like 'Was your trip/meeting/exam (etc) successful?' It's quite a common question. Other ways to say the same thing include:

How did it go?

Did it go well?

Was everything OK with your...?

 

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Peter

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Submitted by kh-nassar on Wed, 23/08/2017 - 13:11

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Hi, How can i download this video. thanks

Submitted by Kirk on Wed, 23/08/2017 - 20:05

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All of our audio content (e.g. LearnEnglish podcasts) are, however, available for free download.

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Submitted by damtruong1980 on Mon, 07/08/2017 - 15:29

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Hi there! I've just read this phrase "Foreign Languages Teacher Education Faculty" in a university, and I wonder whether there are some mistakes in that phrase or not I think the word "LANGUAGES" in that phrase is NOT correct. It must be "LANGUAGE". Is that right? And "TEACHER EDUCATION"???? Is that right? It must be "TEACHER TRAINING" So that phrase above must be " Foreign Language Teacher-Training Faculty" Am I right? Thank You!

Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 07:12

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Hello damtruong,

The way names are formed is a little different to the way phrases are formed in normal speech and words which are usually nouns may be used as adjectives and so on. I think there are many ways you could form this kind of name and your suggestion is certainly one (though there would not be a hyphen between 'Teacher' and 'Training').

The original name is perhaps a little unusual but it is not incorrect in my view.

 

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Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by safisafa on Mon, 24/07/2017 - 20:48

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Hi , dear How can I download the video ?

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Submitted by josenildolins on Sun, 23/07/2017 - 15:23

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Good Morning! Stephen asked Ashlie 'How did you get on' in a short way but I didn't get what he said. Would you mind if I ask you to write down what Stephen asked Ashlie? Thank you Very much.

Hello josenildolins,

You can see the full transcript for the episode by clicking on the word 'Transcript' on the page. You can find it just below the tasks and above the comments section.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

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Submitted by _jojo on Wed, 19/07/2017 - 15:23

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Yes I do. However our market is not as big as the Camden Lock Market.

Submitted by natalia92 on Wed, 19/07/2017 - 00:15

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Yes, I do. Once, I bought a Book in a market in my city, Bogotá, Colombia. The markets in my country are a little bit smaller than markets in Britain.

Submitted by Mica Gaspar on Mon, 17/07/2017 - 19:54

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hey guys I am new on group

Submitted by Rizwan Masood on Sun, 16/07/2017 - 17:42

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i have big problem i can't understand english it look like i am writing something else and listening a strange language it really a challange for me. someone help me to prove listening power. how?

Hello Rizwan Masood,

I can't really give you individual advice because I don't know your strengths and weaknesses in this area - that would be a job for your teacher. However, I can give you some general suggestions. FIrst, remember that practice makes perfect. Don't give up even if progress seems slow! Second, use the transcript to help you. Listen and read the transcript. Don't worry about understanding every word but pay attention to how the words are connected in fast speech. After you've listened two or three times try listening without the transcript. Third, try reading aloud while listening. This will help to speed up your speaking (because you will need to try to keep up with the recording) and also help you to get used to listening to fast speech.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

 

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Submitted by Fish25 on Sat, 15/07/2017 - 15:37

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Hi everyone I like doing shopping. I usually go to the mall and market. There are lots of mall and shopping in my country. But they are diffrent from british

Submitted by Marwa.Mohamed on Sat, 15/07/2017 - 01:28

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Hello My English level is ranging from B1 to B2 I have been studying English for a long time this is really disappoint me How can I improve my English(general advise)? How can I use this website to improve my English ? I finished words on the street and listened to some podcast .Also I started reading grammar topics .They really helped me Thanks in advance

Submitted by Peter M. on Sat, 15/07/2017 - 07:00

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It's not unusual for people to feel a lack of progress when they reach intermediate levels such as B1/B2. At the beginning everything is new and we can see everything we learn: new words, new structures, new topics etc. Once we reach a higher level there is less new material and more improvement of what is already (partially) known. Progress is still made but it is less obvious and seems slower.

It's hard for me to give you any specific advice as I don't know your particular strengths and weaknesses, your needs and your circumstances but I can direct you to some general advice. For suggestions on how best to use this site take a look at this page. For advice on specific areas of English look here. You can also look at the British Council page for your country, where you'll find information on courses as well as other activities and events.

Don't give up! Progress may sometimes seem slower than we would like but just because we cannot see it so clearly it does not mean that it is not happening.

 

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Submitted by Vũ Quốc Oai on Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:16

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By the way, I want to ask if there are any categories on this website for learners who need help or help others or we can discuss the topics about skills and tips that make the English better

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Submitted by Vũ Quốc Oai on Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:11

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I am learning American English pronunciation for my studies but it's dificult for me to find the resourses which include videos, instructions and references describing exactly how to make sounds and how to speak American English correctly. Can you help me?

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I'm afraid I'm not all that familiar with what is available online beyond the Voice of America. You can also hear the pronunciation of individual words in most online dictionaries (e.g. Cambridge). Have you tried doing an internet search for "learn American English pronunciation"? There are bound to be lots of results and I expect at least some of them could be useful for you. You might also find something on our Facebook page or perhaps another user there would have some good suggestions.

Good luck!

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Submitted by GHIO1978 on Mon, 10/07/2017 - 18:15

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Well I am from colombia, I have bought presents in different markets, some of them are similar like this but not so big.

Submitted by asidah on Mon, 10/07/2017 - 08:55

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I'm from Malaysia. A lot of markets here. Not exactly like Britain but seem like that. Hige and a lot of options that we can choose from clothes, bags, shoes and etc. we can choose either cheap or expensive. I don't really like shopping but I love to find something in the markets sometime.

Submitted by Fish25 on Sun, 09/07/2017 - 21:07

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Yes I do and I like shopping in market. It is different in britain. There are a lot of different thinks. But in Türkey ıt is separately

Submitted by Mohammad zobir… on Sat, 08/07/2017 - 14:50

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In my country markets have different thing than in uk. But you can bargain to buy cheaper as in uk.

Submitted by DinAlla on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:46

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Hi! I from Belarus and we like a get shop. I see that our the market is very similar to the British one. It's unbelievable!

Submitted by Paz Javiera on Wed, 05/07/2017 - 23:07

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I don't really like shopping but if I go to London I'd visit the Camden market. It seems to be some really intersenting things to get (like the t-shirts I saw at the video). In my country there are not any market like that one.

Submitted by byreisde on Wed, 05/07/2017 - 22:55

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Hi, I'm from Brazil and in my country there are many places for buy and you can find a good things. But, I think that if you go to the shopping in downton you'll safe more money than if you buy in the neighborhood. Usually do it is more expensive. I've never been in Londom but I will go there one day.

Submitted by sunha on Tue, 04/07/2017 - 08:37

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yes , actually i love shopping so i have almost visited every market and shopping center in my city . Well in my country we can find a lot of shops even in small streets .There are big plazas and shopping malls but in comparison with Britain i thing they are less organized and less diverse .

Submitted by mina12168 on Tue, 04/07/2017 - 05:57

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I love shopping. In my country , Iran, we have market like in Britain, huge indoor market is constituted of small store with plenty various stuff and you can find cheap things but you should spend much time to find what you want.

Submitted by SleepingAngel on Sun, 02/07/2017 - 16:03

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Hello, I am originally from Hong Kong, the markets in Hong Kong quite similar to the vedios one, the market constituted by a lot of small creative shops and they are buying a lot of original stuff. The differences between Hong Kong markets and the London market is, market in Hong Kong is outdoor whereas the market in London is indoor.Besides, you can get a lot of cheap intersting stuff in Hong Kong but you might need to spend more in London.

Submitted by nelaporco on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 11:51

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Hello I´m From Italy but I was Living in Venezuela. In Italy every Sunday´s making at market shop informal you find all sometimes, is cheap but usually is informal people, in the downtown you find clothes, shoes, bags etc, to all pocket, cheap, expensive ... anyway we don't have a big store or big departments store near, so I think in the UK find more diversity market

Submitted by Ahmed_serry on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 02:48

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Actually i don't like shopping, I find it boring

Submitted by xRenx on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 02:18

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Here in my country there are many markets like Britain's markets.

Submitted by to learn english on Fri, 30/06/2017 - 17:56

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i am from pakistan ,i did'nt see Britain market yet

Submitted by Tony son of Gondor on Fri, 30/06/2017 - 01:35

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Hi! I use to go to market on holiday when I help my mother to carry all she buys, but in my country markets are very different than in Britain, they are not so big and there is no variety, you find in there just the basic things, I mean, fruits, vegetables etc.