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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, 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.

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 .

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.

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.

Oh that's good comments! So would you let me know what the problem is the Hong Kong now?

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

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

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

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

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.