Farming Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie have trouble finding their way and Ashlie has a bit of a fright.

Do the first two Tasks while watching the video, then try Task 3. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Think about the following questions:

  • Have you ever got lost while driving in the country?
  • How might you feel if you were lost in the forest at dusk?

Watch Stephen and Ashlie trying to find their way to a farm in the country.


Stephen: [talking to cows]

Ashlie: Stephen. Will you help me? I think we're here and we need to be there.

Stephen: Let me see. No, we're here and we should be there. We should have turned left back there.

Ashlie: We've come away to the countryside for a weekend on a farm, but we're having a bit of trouble finding it.

Stephen: No, we aren't, Ash. That has to be it there. We need to turn left back there. Come on, jump in.

Ashlie: Why won't it start?

Stephen: I don't know.

Ashlie: Did you put any petrol in the car?

Stephen: No. I thought you were going to put petrol in the car.

Ashlie: No. You said you were going to put petrol in the car. Oh, this is hopeless. We'll have to walk. This is your fault, Stephen.



Stephen: Hang on, there's something coming. We can get a lift.

Ashlie: Hey! Excuse me.

Farmhand: Hello there.

Stephen: Do you know where Strawberry Farm is?

Farmhand: Yes, I'm going in that direction. Hop on!

Ashlie: Thanks.


Farmhand: Go straight down there, along the path and across the field.

Ashlie: Great. Thank you very much.


Stephen: It can't be much further, can it? I'm getting really hungry.

Ashlie: Keep going.

Stephen: What are you eating?

Ashlie: Hmm? Oh. Blackberries. There are loads of them. These are really delicious. I love blackberries.

Stephen: We should get going. Before it gets dark.


Ashlie: Stephen, this is horrible. Arrgh! What was that? I think I just stood in something. It smells terrible. I think it might be...

Stephen: Ashlie, stop moaning! We're going round in circles. We should go that way.

Ashlie: We're completely lost, aren't we? What if we don't find it?

Stephen: What was that?

Ashlie: It's just an owl, Stephen.

Stephen: I hate the countryside. Let's get out of here. Look, there's a light over there.

Ashlie: Stephen!

Stephen: What?

Ashlie: Look over there. There's someone in the field. What are they doing there? I'm scared. Hello! Excuse me!

Stephen: Why is he ignoring us? 

Ashlie: I don't know. This is weird. I'm scared, Stephen.

Stephen: Let's walk a little faster. Come on, Ash!


Farmer: You must be Stephen and Ashlie. What's happened to you?

Ashlie: Quick! Let us in! There's a strange man outside.

Stephen: Let me in!

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Submitted by Aung Ko Ko on Mon, 31/08/2020 - 11:58

What accent was Framhand speaking? It is really strange and diffcult to catch. Is there someone to tell about the interesting accent, please?

Hello Aung Ko Ko,

The farm hand only says a few words so it's hard to be sure but his accent is certainly not British. It sounds like a Central European accent - Poland, Slovakia etc.

There are many Polish people living and working in Britain these days so you can hear this kind of accent quite often.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Mostafa Taavoni on Fri, 18/01/2019 - 14:38

I've got lost when I was driving in northern forests of Iran, but fortunately, I had a car with a full fuel tank and a practical navigation app on my phone. Afterwards, I could find the route and then I arrived at the destination. It's horrible getting lost in a dark forest without any equipment or other things. In my opinion, it can be a good and scary experience.

Submitted by safirasafirasafira on Sun, 15/04/2018 - 13:35

hello teacher. what does "we can get a lift" mean? I can't understand it. thanks.

Hello safira,

'a lift' means 'a journey in someone's car'. In other words, they expect that someone driving by will help them by taking them where they want to go.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by safirasafirasafira on Sat, 14/04/2018 - 16:29

hello teacher. how can i understand "hello there"?please explain me. thanks.

Hello safirasafirasafira,

'Hello there' is simply an alternative to 'Hello'. Both are greetings with the same meaning, though I would say 'Hello there' is quite informal and is a cheery greeeting, while 'Hello' is neutral.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Adriancatanescu on Mon, 30/10/2017 - 15:58

Hello everyone, I have never get lost in the countryside because I don't have a car but I get lost when I used to be by walk and I was so scary. The point is you can get lost easy if you go to the countryside and there is no Road and then there's no sign that shows you where you are and it's easy to get lost if you don't know that places. But I think nowadays if have a mobile phone with you you are completely safe, to take a phone with you if you don't want to get lost. Usually I don't get scared easy but I might be if I get lost at dusk and I don't know that area and if I heard some strange noises that come to the strange animals and if I'll be in the wood or at the countryside and seeing thing moving in front of mine like a part of the wood or like in this episode, them I might be really scared

Submitted by Olha Shev on Sat, 23/09/2017 - 07:54

Hello teacher, why in task 1 it says " won't start" and not ".... car doesn't start" ( according to which rule? Thank you

Hello Olha Shev,

We often talk about objects as if they were alive and making decisions. This is especially true of machines and electronic devices and it is normal in English to say The car doesn't want to start or The car refused to start.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Isabella19 on Sun, 30/07/2017 - 14:59

First question -Have you ever got lost in the country while driving in the country? Well, I don't like driving a lot so I tend to avoid using my car is it is possible. In addition, I drive just to well known places because I would be scared if I got lost. When I don't know the place well, I prefer using the public transport o walking. Could someone correct my answer if there are mistakes? Thank you very much!

Submitted by fateme s on Wed, 22/03/2017 - 11:21

Hi there. is there any way to download these videos ?

Hello fateme s,

I'm afraid that our videos are not available for download for legal reasons. Sorry!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Jack2010 on Sat, 18/02/2017 - 10:39

Hello teacher, In this video, Stefan says "I thought you were going to put petrol in the car". Why dont he say " I thought you put petrol in the car". I dont know why he uses "were going" in this sentence. Please explain it to me. Many thanks,

Hello thaivan,

Both sentences are correct and mean more or less the same thing. The 'you put' form simply shows that Stephen thought Ashlie had got petrol for the car. The  'you were going to' form is a bit more specific – Stephen implies that Ashlie said she was going to put petrol in the car. The implication is that it's her fault that they've run out of petrol.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team