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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


Is quid a slang for pound?

Hello Alice RWL,

Yes, that is correct. You can check information like this in an online dictionary like this one.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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,

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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The LearnEnglish Team


How can i download this video.


Hello kh-nassar,

I'm afraid that none of our videos are available for download for legal reasons. Sorry!

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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!

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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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi , dear
How can I download the video ?

Hello safisafa,

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