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Loch Ness Scene 1

Ashlie and Stephen are in Scotland, visiting Loch Ness. Stephen wants to see the monster, but Ashlie doesn't believe it exists.

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Are there places in your country where you go to enjoy the scenery?
  • Are these places usually in the city or in the countryside?
  • What type of activities do you do in these locations?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie as they discover the delights of Scotland.



Ashlie: Come on then Stephen, get up - let’s get going.

Stephen: Right, give me a minute. This is heavy.

Ashlie: I hope you’ve remembered everything. You’ve got your walking boots, haven’t you?

Stephen: Er yes, I’m wearing them. They’re brand new and they’re already starting to rub.

Ashlie: We’ve come to Loch Ness in Scotland. We’re going on a walking tour of the Highlands. It is such a beautiful place to explore.

Stephen: Thousands of people come here every year and try and take a photo of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Fingers crossed Ashlie, let’s hope we get lucky!

Ashlie: Oh, come on Stephen you know that’s only a story. We’re here for the walking. Come on then, let’s get going.


Ashlie: Fancy a break, Stephen? Shall we take a look around the Visitors’ Centre?

Stephen: Boring! I thought we were here to go walking.

Ashlie: It won’t take long. And, you never know, you might learn something.


Stephen: See Ash, I told you we’d find the Loch Ness Monster.

Ashlie: Ha ha - mmm… very first sighting seventh century… lives in the loch. Possibly related to some species of reptile…oh honestly.

Stephen: Wow, I bet it’s true, look at all these photos. I really think we should try and find it. Come on Ash, it’ll be fun.

Ashlie: Oh Stephen, it’s a waste of time. People made these photos. They’re not real.

Stephen: That’s ridiculous. Look at all these reports. It’s got to be true.

Ashlie: There isn’t really a monster living in the Loch. You’ll believe anything. If I saw a real photo of this monster, then I’d believe it.

Stephen: I bet if someone took a photo of the monster, they’d make loads of money. I really want to find the Monster, but first I need to find a shop that sells socks. My feet are killing me.

Ashlie: OK then. Let’s head into town and get you some socks.


Ashlie: Oh wait a minute, Stephen. This looks interesting. I want to go in and take a proper look.

Stephen: That’s just tourist stuff. I want to go and get those socks!  I’ll call you when I’m done.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you later.


Ashlie: These are amazing. Excuse me, how many different tartans are there?

Shop Assistant: At the last count, there were over three thousand tartans with new ones being designed every day.

Ashlie: This one’s nice. What’s this one called?

Shop Assistant: That’s the Royal Stewart tartan belonging to the Stewart Clan. Every clan has its own tartan; the MacKenzies, the Frasers, the Gordons and many, many more.

Ashlie: What about my surname, Walker?

Shop Assistant: Walker, yes, it’s a very popular Scottish name. We’ve got it in mugs, ribbons and even a kilt.

Ashlie: No way - a Walker tartan kilt!

Shop Assistant: We’ve also got it in a book here where you can learn about your clan history.

Ashlie: Maybe I should get my brother a kilt. No, on second thoughts, he’d probably kill me! I’ll just take the book, thanks.


Ashlie: Hiya Stephen, I’m all done here. Did you manage to buy some new socks?

Stephen: Sort of. I’ll come back to the shop. I’ll see you in a second.

Ashlie: OK.

Shop Assistant: that’s two pounds fifty, please

Ashlie: Great – thank you. There’s five.

Shop Assistant: Thank you, and two pounds fifty change, thank you.

Ashlie: Thank you very much.

Ashlie: Stephen!

Stephen: What do you reckon?

Ashlie: It suits you!


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Haha, i saw it =)))). Loch Ness monster is real.

Hi teacher,
I would like to know why in the scene they say " I'm done" and not " I've done". Are these two sentences the same?Do they have the same meaning or not?
Thank you very much for your reply and for helping us learn english!

Hello Isabella,

'I'm done' is a very common way of saying that you have finished something. 'I've done' always needs some kind of object (e.g. 'I've done it' or 'I've done my homework'), but is not used alone (e.g. we don't say 'I've done'). It means basically the same thing, but note that 'I'm done' has no object. I know this might not make a lot of sense, but it's the way we speak!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Sorry, here is a comment not related to English learning, but suddenly came to my view. Is that a ness or sth else in the lake from the video clips from 30 to 35 seconds? Feeling weird and curious on that moving creature.

Hi teacher.So "Nick looks at the four nations that make up the UK".This sentence is in green part.

Hello ayka91,

I'm afraid I still don't see that on this page, but in any case, now that I can see the sentence, I can tell you that 'Nick' is a common English name. Often, it's a familiar form of the name 'Nicholas'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi dear the LE team.
i dont understand what is NICK ?What that mean .Thanks indeed

Hello ayka91,

You can find definitions and examples of words in the Cambridge Dictionary. Please note that most words have more than one use or meaning, so you should read through all the entries carefully to find the one that makes the most sense.

In any case, I'm afraid I don't see the word 'nick' anywhere on this page. If I've missed it, please tell me where you've seen it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I really enjoyed, but in general, it is still a little hard to understand all with no transcription. I loved the idea of visiting there.
And Tartan was really a mistery on my mind. Funny when I realized i laughed a lot.

Wonderful Scotland! I hope it will remain in Europe.