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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.


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.



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!


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

Shopkeeper: Five pound each.


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


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.


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


Ashlie: Excuse me, how much is this?

Shopkeeper: Er, that’s fifty pounds.


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!



Language level

Intermediate: B1


I love food markets where we can buy organic fresh food. And im not a fan of the markets for clothes and accessories in my country, the things are cheap but the quality leaves much to be desired. And the service is so so.

I dont manage to move the sentences in the second task. How do i do to put them in order?

Hello Albinochka,

When you want to move a sentence into a new position, first click or press on that sentence. Then (and this is the important part), click or press on the small hand at the right side of the new position to move it there. 

I think this should work for you, but if have any more trouble, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Albinochka,

Let me explain it again. In Task 2, the first sentence should be 'I like these, how much are they?' When I open Task 2, I see this sentence in position 6 (you might see it in a different position, but it doesn't matter). Here's what I do to move it:

1. I click on the sentence (in position 6) and it turns dark grey in colour.
2. I click on the small hand in the top right corner of the box in position 1.

When I do this, 'I like these, how much are they?' moves to position 1.

After this, I look for the sentence that should go in position 2 and do the same process.

If it still doesn't work for you, you might want to try using a different web browser, or please let us know what version your web browser is -- perhaps there's a technical problem.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


I'm Muhammad Azad from Kurdistan-Iraq, In my city Erbil, we have a huge amount of malls and markets to buy supplies that we need. People visit these places for shopping even for haveing a good time.

I am Loi from Vietnam. Really fun. I somtimes go to markets with my family. Markets in Vietnam are smaller than Camden.

In México we have markets like this in Candem and something similar in the street call Tianguis

Hello , I am Ahmed from Iraq I hope to have huge market similar to Camden Market

hello everybody! my name is ảnh. I am living in Việt nam. Sometimes i go to shoping with my wife at the weekend. I think market in Viet nam smaller than in Britain and good is cheaper than.

Hello there,
Now days I am living in UAE but unfortunately all the old markets disappear almost,
the most common markets here confined in huge mall which are modern and expensive.
But I am sure in UK the markets are different,Maybe you can find cheap markets and price is negotiate.In additional you can find expensive markets same UAE in huge malls but price is not negotiate.
Best regards,