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Oxford Scene 2

Stephen explores the ancient city of Oxford and meets some girls who are studying at the University. 

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

After you watch

What did you learn about Oxford?

Choose the best answer to these questions.


Task 2

Comprehension Task

What did you learn about Oxford?

Put the sentences into the correct order.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello safirasafirasafira,

The phrase up to you means it's your responsibility or it's your choice. We don't break phrases down into the meanings of individual words as the meaning comes from the phrase as a whole.

Stuff is an informal word in this context. It means something like et cetera or and so on.

We say fingers crossed  when we want to hope for good luck: I'm taking my driving test tomorrow so fingers crossed!

Nice down here means the same as Nice here. It's just an alternative phrasing we can use in informal conversation.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Supporting Team,

May I say “take a punt picnic on the river” instead of “ take a punt on the river with a picnic”?

Thank you

Hello Trinh Phuong Anh

No, that does not sound right. Punting is a way of moving the boat, while a picnic is something you would do out of the boat on the bank of the river. I can't imagine doing both at the same time, which is what your sentence would suggest!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Teacher,
Thanks for your reply. That mean “ row a boat, then picnic on the river bank”. May I understand like this?
And what about the sentence “ take a bus tour”. Is this “ go tour by bus”?
Thank you so much
Best regards
Phuong Anh

Hello Phuong Anh,

Yes, that's the idea. 'take a bus tour' is correct, but 'go tour by bus' is not -- we just don't say it that way. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Why does student2 use word "stuff" so many times?

Hello Pekkin,

I agree the speaker seems to like the word a lot!

Different individuals have different speech habits and sometimes certain words are used a lot by individuals. The language on LearnEnglish is as authentic as possible so you will hear different ways of speaking from different people.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning everyone I really like to visit New cities and to discover new places but when I have decided to og and visite a city I try to have a look on the internet to discover something about about that place about what we will do when we'll be there.And when I arrive in that city I try to find a map, first time and if I found the tourist information office I try to spoke with them to ask what's the best thing to do in that City.
But most of the time I go myself guided with the map and did the things that I decided to do before to get there,many of the time I tried to visit the most important things at the beginning and after that if I have more time I try to visit the rest.
Talking about how to impress to someone and how to make it a surprise for someone now it dependes on the situation if is a birthday I tried to give the right present, if is a treat or to say thank you to one of the member of the family or to one of my friends I don't know exactly what I'll do but I think they're many of possibility to do. Maybe to go somewhere nice to buy a nice thing to go sightseeing ,go to a nice restaurant or maybe to buy you a nice thing that you can use in the house or you can buy item of clothes or maybe that person really want to have something and you known already that and if she doesn't and he doesn't find that stuff you can go and find it . Or maybe find that item to buy it for them I don't know and in the same time you can find a really good information before that person I don't know I think that's lovely to say thank you to a person

could Ashlie ask like 'can i go first'? instead of 'can i have a go first'..which one is more appropriate?

Hello Vartica,

'have a go' means 'try' and 'go' can mean 'have a turn' in a context like this one. So really either one works in this situation, but in others only one might work.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team