Notting Hill Scene 2

Stephen and Ashlie both dance their way through the carnival, but will they be able to find each other in their costumes?

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • How do you avoid losing your friends at a big event?
  • What sort of costumes do you expect to see at the carnival?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie enjoying the carnival!



Ashlie: Come on, this way. We need to get to the start of the parade before they set off.

Stephen: OK! OK! We've got plenty of time though. I want to have a look around. It all looks great.  

Ashlie: We’re here at the Notting Hill Carnival; one of Europe’s most famous street parties.

Stephen: Where every year thousands of people come to take part in the parade and wear fabulous costumes.

Ashlie: And it’s also a chance to watch some amazing shows and see some pretty strange sights... I know I’m really looking forward to it.

Stephen: Me, too. Come on then. Let’s see what’s out there.


Stephen: Ah - I love it, Ash. And there’s such a good atmosphere, isn’t there. 

Ashlie: Oh, come on though - we haven’t got all day.

Stephen: Oh, wait a minute, I want to look up there.

Ashlie: Oh Stephen, I really don’t want to miss the start of the parade. We haven’t got time.

Stephen: Oh, it’ll only take a minute. I'll catch you up.

Ashlie: You know where it is? By the car park.

Stephen: Yeah yeah, go on ahead, I’ll catch you up in a minute.

Ashlie: See you later.


Ashlie: Hi girls.

Dancers: Hiya.

Ashlie: So have you done this before? 

Dancer: No, this is my first year actually.

Ashlie: Wow.

Dancer: Yeah, I done it yesterday though, for the children’s carnival.

Ashlie: What was it like? 

Dancer: It rained for a bit, but other than that, it was really fun.

Ashlie: Yeah? Oh, it's beautiful weather today. So how long will we be dancing for?

Dancer: Sometimes we can be dancing for like, two or three hours - we, like walk around, but sometimes you can stand in one place for, like ten minutes and be dancing to, like the same kind of music. It's really difficult.

Ashlie: Yeah, we’re going to need some energy for that.

Dancer: That’s right.


Ashlie: Stephen! Where have you been?

Stephen: It took me ages to find you. All of you dancers look the same in those costumes. Ah, phew, just in time; the parade’s about to start.

Ashlie: You go to the front – I’m going to meet the rest of the group, OK?  See you later.

Stephen: Oh, hang on, where are we going to meet afterwards in case we get split up?

Ashlie: Well, I’ll ring you when we finish. Oh, Stephen I haven’t got my phone.

Stephen: Me, neither. Where do we finish? 

Ashlie: Erm… next to the tube station, I'll meet you there. Oh and don’t get lost again!

Stephen: OK, sounds good. 

Ashlie: See you later! Bye.


Stephen: Wow, that was fantastic. Did you see me dancing?

Ashlie: Yes, I saw you. It was amazing, but I didn’t expect to be so tired. We must have been dancing for hours.

Stephen: Now, we need to sit down and get something to eat.

Ashlie: Good idea. So what do you suggest?

Stephen: Something over there?


Stephen: Right, come on you, it’s time for home.

Ashlie: Stephen – how are we going to get home? All the buses are going to be full and I am not taking the underground wearing this costume.

Stephen: Err... taxi?

Ashlie: Stephen. Can you see any taxis? All the roads are closed for the carnival. C’mon, let’s start walking!

Stephen: Walking? No way! Why walk when you can dance?


Task 1

Comprehension Task

What problems did Stephen and Ashlie have?

Read the questions and choose the correct answers.


Task 2

Comprehension Task 2

Fill in the sentences from the episode with the correct adjectives.



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Submitted by nikoslado on Fri, 06/03/2020 - 18:23

Dear Team, ''Dancer: Yeah, I done it yesterday though....'' Is there a kind of an informal,''street speaking'' or something error? It seems a little strange to me. Thanks a lot for your kindness nikoslado

Hello Nikoslado,

Yes, that's right. The use of the past participle in this way is non-standard and not seen as correct, but it does occur in some dialects and social groups.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by btriton on Mon, 28/05/2018 - 07:59

I liked Notting hill carnival, someday I will be there, Hopefully

Submitted by Nguyen thi Hai Huyen on Mon, 07/05/2018 - 16:43

Hi, all these is sentences :"It took me ages to find you" that i dont know that mean

Submitted by Nguyen thi Hai Huyen on Sun, 13/05/2018 - 18:30

In reply to by Nguyen thi Hai Huyen

Thank Petter

Submitted by Adriancatanescu on Wed, 14/06/2017 - 11:29

Hello everyone as usual I enjoy to share my thoughts with you, here. sometimes in the past when we don't have mobile phone to use it we usually you we try to find a place where when we could meet in case we get lost. In this way it really works because what I remember now is, I don't think some of us have got lost in one of the parade or concert, actually we don't have many carnival in my country most of them are concerts big big concerts. But nowadays it's really easy because we have the technology of using a mobile phone all the time and it's quite hard to get lost using a mobile phone and if you really know the place where you are and the sights in that area,but I think all the time when you go to a concert to avoid to get lost to someone is better to point a place where you could meet in case you'll get lost.When I go to a carnival usually I expect to see fabulous costume and it depends if the carnival is in the summer I expect to see really colored costumes if the carnival is in the winter I expect to see people that wear white in most white on most of the costumes and if the carnival is from New Year, I expect to see people in all and all kind of different costumes it doesn't matter I think in the new year you could wear whatever you want. To be honest I don't know what kind of costumes I should see when I go to a carnival I really like to see strange and unusual costumes. I enjoy all kind of costumes, it doesn't matter what kind of they are.But the most important thing for me is that the next month I'm going to go to a Carnival that will occur in Spain the name is Feria I'm sure you have heard about it. I'm looking forward to it.

Submitted by Akbar Safi on Sat, 08/04/2017 - 12:36

Hi Sir! Could you tell me what are the differences between a carnival and a festival, costumes and dresses or outfits?

Submitted by Kirk on Sat, 08/04/2017 - 20:18

In reply to by Akbar Safi


Hello Akbar Safi,

Please look up these words in the dictionary. Then, if the differences between them are still not clear, you are welcome to ask us specific questions -- explain to use what you understand or don't understand so that we can provide you more useful answers.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by STEPHANE ROTH on Fri, 10/02/2017 - 07:49

To avoid losing my friend at a big event, we take a cellphone, I think it's the most convenient. I expect to see costumes of flowers, animals, insects like butterflies or spiders. It depends on the topic of the carnival.