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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!

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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!



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi,this video is very useful
What is the meaning of "let’s split up"?

Hi Giangdauten,

'Let's split up' means 'let's not stay together'. Stephen says this because the place is very big and he thinks it will be more efficient to separate rather than staying in one group.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Beside of all the useful phrases which I learnt from this video, an interesting thing which I've noticed is the 'bargaining'. I do really hate bargaining and really feel very upset when I face unreasonable prices in some shops. In such situation I usually leave the shop rather than bargain with those unfair sellers. In fact, I think reactions of most people are the same as mine. And guess who is the loser!?
I'm not a businessman but I'm pretty sure that It is more profitable that you have got ten customers who each would give a profit of %20, rather than two customers who each of them would give you a profit of %100 profit each. If you do the math you would say that both of them made a total profit of %200 but in my point of view the first one has got '%200 of profit+10 loyal customers' and the second one Has got '%200 of profit-2 dissatisfied customers'. I wonder what is the opinion of other learners or even our dear teachers about this?
Although I do know that LearEnglish team usually don't correct mistakes in our comments, but I would appreciate if I could have their general opinion about my comment. Have I made any major mistake(s)?

Hello RezAref,

That's right, we don't provide this kind of service. But I can say your comment is very good -- the grammar and vocabulary are quite accurate and I had no trouble understanding anything you said. I mostly agree with you, by the way!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Could you explain why Ashlie says "That should do it" giving money to Stephen. What does it mean?
Thank you.

Hello Lena,

The meaning of 'That should do it' here is 'That should be enough'. It's an informal way to say this and is quite common.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Yes I used to shop in my country. They are different from britan market. There are different types of markets in my city. We can find cheap and best quality items in local market. But it is too congested and untidy. Shopping malls are also available, where items are very costlier than local market.

well actually, the big markets in my country are the same. they have lots of goods that i can choose one for me

Yes I do. I think markets in Britain are quate different. Markets in my country are so boring and don't have any interesting things).

uh hi. I have a question, I've listened a word ''quid'', is it British currency? Nowadays British currency is POUND so I don't know about the ''quid'', can you explain and give me more information? thanks.