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!

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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!

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Submitted by AgustD on Tue, 16/05/2017 - 12:06

Hello fellow english learners! I'm from sweden but i've been to England. Maybe it's because I was unfamiliar with my surroundings but I definetally dont remember trying to bargain.

Submitted by olympic on Tue, 16/05/2017 - 11:51

Hi! In Sweden we have market wich came once a year, stay for a while then they go to the next city. There is no permentet market but there is some shoppingmarket but if you shopping there I live you go to the town there the most shops are...

Submitted by Augustus ceasar on Tue, 16/05/2017 - 11:45

Hi, I was forced to write this by my teacher.

Submitted by maittella on Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:23

I'm from Italy. Our markets are cheaper than British!

Submitted by Will Smile Li on Thu, 11/05/2017 - 05:03

I'm from China.I have never been to England before. It seems to me that Camden market is famous and large, I think it is a big mall. I am a little surprised too that you can bargain, it is different from China. In our country, I think shops can be categorized into two groups, malls, and street shops. In malls, things are good and fashionable, and of course expensive. We can't bargain in malls. But always, some of the stuff have 20% to 50% discount. In each city, there are several malls but a lot of street shops. In street shops, things are cheaper and you can bargain with the shop hosts. That's a technical job, rookies like me always buy stuff with high prices. People who are good at shopping can get stuff with very low prices. It's interesting to watch a buyer and a seller discussing the price, seems like watching a debate competition. At last, it seems the buyer wins the game by getting the favorite stuff with low price. The seller looks like defeated, but he sells out the stuff. Maybe it is win-win.

Submitted by yasirabbasi on Wed, 10/05/2017 - 14:11

Hi I really got astonished, i don't expect that in these country people bargain for things.... This guy did the same thing as we do while purchasing things from pathans...:D ;p

Submitted by ozanbakir on Wed, 10/05/2017 - 10:13

I live in the most populated city of Turkey, in Istanbul. Here are many shopping centers almost in every neighborhood. You can find many things in these shopping centers. But most of them are modern stuff. If you want to buy something traditional you must go to touristic and historical regions of Istanbul. For example you can find traditional clothes, presents at the Grand Bazaar. If you go there don't forget to visit Blue Mosque, it's very near the Grand Bazaar

Submitted by Adriancatanescu on Tue, 09/05/2017 - 16:25

Good afternoon, Sometimes I prefer to shop in market because it's a bit cheaper than other places and sometimes like in this video, you can ask for a lower price and almost all the time the sellers are agre with you about the price. On the other hand in market you can find goods that are available only here, even some of them are unique and in this way you are sure that another person couldn't buy the same thing like you. Usually when I go to market I'm looking for good handmade or if is about food I'm looking for local food that comes from the farms. I would say that the market are similar in many country maybe a bit crowded in some cities now of course it depends how most known is the place or haw many people live in that area. I think that do shopping is interesting especially in a foreign country when you are so excited seeing all the new goods that you haven't seen before.

Submitted by Isaac1985 on Tue, 09/05/2017 - 04:26

I am from Hong Kong.Here have many market i everywhere,some in a mall,some in a street,and it have differenet kind of goods provide

Submitted by M. Ali on Tue, 02/05/2017 - 05:19

Hello dear Teachers, Could you please explain Ashlie's spoken sentence 'That should do it'

Hello M. Ali,

In this context, it means 'that should do the job', i.e. that should be enough money for Stephen.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by luis.torresz on Mon, 01/05/2017 - 18:31

In peru there is a huge popular market called Gamarra. Sometimes i go to gamarra because the prices are very cheap. In that place we found clothes, shoes, tennis and food. Gamarra is not similar a Camden Lock Market because the stores are smaller. there are a lot of people in stores and also the are people sell his products on the street. But also it's amazing.

Submitted by Ambitious learner on Sun, 30/04/2017 - 06:34

hi I went shopping in a market once in Afghanistan.its very different from Britain. most of these goods are not available in Afghanistan.

Submitted by edemkokou on Fri, 28/04/2017 - 13:00

Hi, I shop in the market in my country - Guinea, compare to Britain markets, it's litle bit different, those stuff are layed down and those expose on market table. stuff are not dear. There are many rows and corners and those who do not have fix place, they have to walk while selling their goods.

Submitted by Ninna Ang on Wed, 26/04/2017 - 16:43

Hi! Sometimes I shop in center market in my city. I think it's similar and there are a lot of stuff like that, and you can buy without you spend much money.

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Submitted by Mg Phay Mann Khaing on Sat, 29/04/2017 - 19:03

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Submitted by spaceface on Sun, 23/04/2017 - 12:41

Hello, I'm Khanh from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Here in Vietnam, there are lots of market and shops to buy food, clothes and many other stuffs. I think markets in Vietnam have some similar and differents compare to Britain.

Submitted by Tinna Wu on Sun, 23/04/2017 - 05:23

Hello, I am Tinna From China. There are many place where you could buy clothes,shoes and snacks. We call those place pedestrian street. Besides, nearly every city have pedestrian.

Submitted by BIBIGUL on Thu, 20/04/2017 - 06:58

Hi, I'm Bibi. Yes. we do have markets in my country. But we call them" BazaR", it's almost the same as in UK, only one thing UK market looks like more modern as in my country.

Submitted by raissab24 on Tue, 18/04/2017 - 05:05

Hello guys, I'm Raissa from Mauá, Brazil and here we have a lot of similar markets and called "shopping popular". There are a cheap clothes, food and tech-things.

Submitted by Noemyzhu on Mon, 17/04/2017 - 18:04

Hi guys, I'm Noemy, from China, I grew up in Italy though. I remember when I was child I used to shop in markets with my grand-mother in China. But it's more about the food, actually there are also a lot of markets like Camden. To be honest I'd been recently in England and the Camden town is a little bit more different in term of entertainment.

Submitted by mohabas45 on Mon, 17/04/2017 - 05:03

I'm from Somalia, yes i do. Comden market is large, beauteful and busy one. Yes i think they are same a side of wide but somehow they differnt how they design.

Submitted by Marcela E on Sun, 16/04/2017 - 12:52

Hi. I'm from Santa Fe, in Argentina. There are small markets where I can buy clothes, shoes and differents things. Here it's different than UK.

Submitted by Joelsan on Sun, 16/04/2017 - 12:47

Did you see that?, they sell Wrestling mexican masks, it's awesome!!!

Submitted by Chamika on Sat, 15/04/2017 - 17:36

yes I often do shopping in our area but I think it is different from Britain. There are so many things to improve here.

Submitted by Momocompanyman on Thu, 13/04/2017 - 23:48

In Algeria I have a choice between the shopping in the modern markets and the classical shopping, you can see the differential things showers in the markets. I think that the market in British is different for mine.

Submitted by Behnam on Thu, 13/04/2017 - 23:05

Hi . I'm from Tehran ... there are a number of traditional markets same as this video in my country specially in down town which is named Bazaar, many things are cheaper than another places ,in fact l don't like to buy things in this place because they are crowded. To sub up I prefer to buy things in new mall because they are really modern and so exited for me :)

Submitted by Abdul Rehman Ghazni on Thu, 13/04/2017 - 12:38

yes there are many markets in my locality, but the market which was shown in the market was differen as compared to ours.

Submitted by clramosm on Tue, 11/04/2017 - 01:26

Hi I'm Leonardo. I'm from Colombia. In my country there are many places same, where you could buy clothes, food, books and shoes. Those places are called " fleas' markets", this name is very weird. Bye

Submitted by jevmagana on Sun, 09/04/2017 - 07:02

I am from Philippines, I just do shop just often when needed to replenish my personal needs like bath soaps, shampoos, snacks, foods and clothing. I think the camdem market is more likely same with our markets like Divisoria but the only difference is that it is more crowded in divisoria, streets are so small. But as like as Camdem you could ask for discounts or bargain with the store.

Submitted by noemepaz on Wed, 05/04/2017 - 20:41

please. is there a glossary of the text? where can i find the meaning of the expressions? thanks a lot

Hello noemepaz,

We do not have a glossary for the lexis in the text but we do publish a transcript (just click on the word 'Transcript' under the Tasks window). You can use any online dictionary to check items of vocabulary, such as, for example: 


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Submitted by gianfil on Wed, 05/04/2017 - 15:53

Hello.i cant understand the difference between these and they when he ask ''how much are these and later how much are they''.is there any difference?

Hello gianfil,

Generally, we use 'these' when we can show (indicate or point to) the items. 'These' is used to mean 'these and not the other ones'.

'They' is a more neutral term which simply refers to more than one item.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by carolfoishi on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 23:49

Hi, I am Carol from Brazil. I think the Camden market is very similiar to Praça Benedito Calixto in São Paulo. I really like this market.

Submitted by simoelena on Sun, 02/04/2017 - 13:41

Hi, I'm Simonetta from Rome. I often go to London and once I saw Camden market as well. I love English markets, they are all very different from the Italian ones.

Submitted by Vũ Quốc Oai on Sun, 02/04/2017 - 07:56

Hello, everyone. There are something I don't understand clearly in the conversation. Stephen said to Ashlie: "Lunch is on me!" and he called the salesman "mate". Can you explain it to me?
Hi, mate is a colloquial expression like "friend". And "lunch is on me" is like "I'll pay for lunch"

Hello Vũ Quốc Oai,

Simonetta's response is correct (thanks, simoelena!). Please note that you can find many words and expressions in the Cambridge Dictionary -- it's a very useful reference.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I'm Luiz from Brazil. Lunch in on me is same thing that lunch is up to me...I`m gonna pay for it. And mate is same thing that friend. Bye.

Submitted by Felix Corzo on Thu, 30/03/2017 - 15:47

Hello guys. I am from Peru. I am currently living in England for 5 months ago. My experience was nice here. I had been in Camden market. I love that place because there are many differents options, as same as the price. If you visit my country, you can find markets like Camden Market, but less fashionable, more tradicional, look more like Peru stile. But in Peru you defently can find a very nice Fruit markets, with very fresh fruit.

Submitted by oleggogol on Tue, 28/03/2017 - 16:50

I am from Ukraine, from Kiev, there are many food markets in Kiev, where I ever buy meat, fruit, vegetables etc. There are many another markets, for example: wear`s market or electronica’s market, but I buy a wear or phone only in shops. Always markets in Ukraine are usually similar.

Submitted by sebastianruiz on Mon, 27/03/2017 - 20:12

Well, I'm from Colombia, but I currently live in Brazil. I found that the markets of camdem are quite similar to the markets found in Brazil and Colombia. Maybe the markets here in South America are a little more desorganized but they are usually big and have many options like in Camdem. I wanna ask you which it´s the best way to learn phrasal verbs. It´s taking more work than I thought. Thanks for your help.