Transport and Travel Scene 1

Stephen's friend comes to London and Ashlie and Stephen show him around.

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.


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What do you do if you go on a ‘tour of the city’?
  • What kind of things do you like to do when you visit a place on holiday?

Watch Stephen and Ashlie welcome their friend Jazz to London.



Stephen: There she is! 

Ashlie: Hi!

Stephen: Great to see you Ash – this is Jazz.

Ashlie: Hi, nice to meet you, Jazz. 

Jazz: Nice to meet you Ashlie. I have never been here before. I have always wanted to visit London.    

Ashlie: Wow, this is your first visit to London – you’ve never been here before? Well, I’m glad you could come – we’re really looking forward to showing you around.

Stephen: Come on. Let’s get going.

Ashlie: Here, let me help you with this bag. What have you got in here? It weighs a ton.

Stephen: Oh - come on. We need to get a move on.

Ashlie: Stephen’s brought his friend Jazz over to London for a few days. So we’re going to give him a tour of the city and show him the sights.

Stephen: Come on Ash - we need to get to central London for your surprise.

Ashlie: Surprise? What for me? I’ve got a surprise!


Stephen: Hi there. 

Cab Driver: Hi.

Stephen: We need to get to the River Thames. Can you take us to Embankment – near the tube station?

Cab Driver: Embankment Station, OK.

Ashlie: Oh no! My bag! Where’s my bag? I can’t believe it… I’ve lost it. Damn it! I’m going to have to go back there and get it.

Stephen: Did you have it with you on the train? Are you sure you had it with you on the train? 

Jazz: You had your bag on the train, definitely – you put it on the... err... How do you say that in English?  

Stephen: The luggage rack – yeah. Did you put it on the luggage rack, Ash?  

Ashlie: You’re right - I’m sure I had it with me on the train. Oh my gosh! My phone! My phone is in my bag. Oh, I’m going to have to go back. 

Stephen: But Ashlie, you’ll miss the surprise.

Ashlie: Oh, how annoying! You guys go on ahead and I’ll catch you up later.

Stephen: Are you sure?

Ashlie: Yes, don’t worry. I’ll give you a call later.


Jazz: Oh gosh! This is an amazing city. What is that building over there?

Stephen: Oh, that’s the Royal Albert Hall... I hope we’re going to get there on time.

Jazz: The traffic in London is terrible. Is the traffic always this bad?

Stephen: Ah - you should see it in rush hour. Sometimes it’s quicker to walk. In fact, maybe we should… are you OK with walking?

Jazz: Is it a long way?

Stephen: It’s about ten minutes' walk to the flat from here.

Jazz: OK, that’s fine. I think we can manage with these bags.

Stephen: Can you pull over here, please?


Stephen: It’s only half an hour to the surprise – we’ll have to hurry.

Jazz: Wait a minute. Wait a minute, wait, I want to take a photo. Wow, I have never seen anything like this before. Where are we? What is this place called?

Stephen: This is Piccadilly Circus. There’s always loads of tourists round here. 

Jazz: Wow, I must take a photograph, just one minute.

Stephen: When we get to Trafalgar Square, we can stop for a quick rest. Come on. Jazz…

Stephen: What’s that? It’s a phone. Is that your phone?

Jazz: No.

Jazz: Hey, I don’t believe it. Look what I’ve found! Isn’t this Ashlie’s bag? It’s her phone!

Stephen: What? Oh no! We had it all along. Poor Ashlie. I’m going to answer it. Hello?

Ashlie: Stephen? 

Stephen: Hello. This isn’t Ashlie – I’m Stephen, I’m Ashlie’s brother.

Ashlie: Stephen!

Stephen: But this is Ashlie’s phone. 

Ashlie: What are you doing with my phone? 

Stephen: Who’s that?

Ashlie: Stephen it’s me – Ashlie – Where are you?

Stephen: Ash, we’ve found your stuff. We had it with us all the time.

Ashlie: Oh - I can’t believe I came all the way back here for nothing. 

Stephen: Yes, don’t worry, we’ve got your bag. Everything‘s safe.

Ashlie: Thank goodness it’s all turned up. I’m so relieved. 

Stephen: Right, well get here as quick as you can. We’re going to drop the bags off at the flat. 

Ashlie: Great. And thank you!

Stephen: Meet you at the Embankment. Don’t be late. Remember, I’ve got a surprise for you!

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you later. Bye! 

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Submitted by May Thida Su on Fri, 02/04/2021 - 05:09

What is hygge ?

Hello May Thida Su,

The Wikipedia is a great resource for this kind of question -- please see their Hygge article. Just to be clear, this word is Danish or Norwegian, though English speakers occasionally use it.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by May Thida Su on Thu, 01/04/2021 - 16:01

I want to know the difference between " search " and " find " .....

Hello May Thida Su,

When you search, you try to find something. For example, a few planes that have crashed in the sea have never been found. Rescue workers searched for them, but in some cases, never found them.

I hope that such crashes never happen again, and only mention them as an example to help you understand.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by nikoslado on Mon, 16/03/2020 - 22:20

Dear Team, I agree with all listeners have commented about the potential difficulties and riddles in connection with hearing, listening and tracking the correct spelling and meaning of the words and letters.(Compared with the corresponding text and level.) I mean, the texts are easily manipulable for reading and grammar, ranking with level B1- for example- but many times, taking in mind the listening with an informal, strange or high speed pronunciation, seem to be in higher levels, because of this reason.Anyway, I'm sure you have noticed it, you know better how to organise the stuff and introduce us, little by little, into the listening of real live English.This is the most important work you offer to all of us, which no one else could do in any ''formal''school or course, even in paid courses. Thanks a lot all of you Nikoslado

Submitted by tunguyenprnt on Sun, 06/01/2019 - 13:56

I don't understand this sentence. "Stephen’s brought his friend Jazz over to London for a few days". It is passive? Stephen's brought=stephen is brought? Can you explain for me, please? Thank you so much.

Hi tunguyenprnt

'Stephen's brought' is a contracted form of 'Stephen has brought', which is the present perfect. 's can be used to indicate possession, as a contraction for 'is' and also as a contraction for 'has'.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Kostya B on Mon, 24/12/2018 - 18:41

When I went to city I prefer to look around the streets, architecture, people, etc. Also I like to visiting museums and trade centers.

Submitted by JOBFER on Mon, 22/10/2018 - 12:13

Hello, Why the level of this video is B1? There are many things I can't undertand without the transcription. Thanks

Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 23/10/2018 - 07:23

In reply to by JOBFER



Thank you for your comment. The level tags are obviously a subjective assessment and each level covers a range of difficulties. We'll review the level of the video and see if it needs to be changed.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by JOBFER on Mon, 22/10/2018 - 11:38

Did Stephen really said "we need to get to central London for your surprise"? I can't hear "need to", even at slowest speed. Instead of "What are you doing with my phone? " I understand "Why are you on my phone". May this be possible? Thanks

Hello Jobfer,

I'm not sure I hear the initial consonant 'n', but I hear the /i:/ sound (the 'ee' in 'need'). The 'd' is elided, since the similar consonant 't' follows it. In any case, you are right -- this is said very quickly.

I clearly hear 'What are you doing with my phone?', but what you said would also be correct in this situation.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by manuel24 on Fri, 29/06/2018 - 14:17

Did ashlie really said "Here, let me help you with this bag"as written in the transcript? I don't understand what she said..

Hi manuel24,

Yes, that's what I hear when I listen to it. Please don't be discouraged – this kind of speaking, i.e. commentary on actions we're performing as we're performing them, is in some ways the most difficult to understand.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by btriton on Tue, 29/05/2018 - 18:10

nice video , some of the dialogue go rush! but is real English. Thanks

Submitted by _Malcolm_ on Thu, 25/01/2018 - 21:09

Hi, very interesting history about lost bag :) I was laughing. Thank you!

Submitted by Bkh73 on Thu, 02/11/2017 - 13:41

Fantastic London and the three friends, I made the 3 task very good. Great for me, Thanks everyone.

Submitted by ayyed on Mon, 11/09/2017 - 11:05

hi do you have english courses for elementary level for people work for oil and gas thanks

Submitted by Peter M. on Mon, 11/09/2017 - 13:14

In reply to by ayyed


Hi ayyed,

Here at LearnEnglish we do not run courses as such. Rather, we offer a set of online resources for anyone to use and we provide help with those. To ask about courses please contact the British Council in your region directly - via this link.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Adriancatanescu on Tue, 04/07/2017 - 20:31

Hello everyone, when I want to go to see a City, to do a tour on a city first time I'm going to the tourist information to get a map and and I try to enjoy sightseeing. I like to do a tour with a guide because if it we have a guide with you will explain easy with you all of the things in the city that are really important and he will get you in the places where you can take a really nice picture and if you take a guide tour in this way you'll be sure that you visit most of the important sights in the city. When I go on holiday if I going to visit a city I would like to see that City by walk definitely if I go to a City somewhere to the mountain I like to take the picture with the view and to go to the market place I like to visit markets when you visit a new place and if I go in holiday somewhere on the sea I like to do sunbathing and swim.

Submitted by Will Smile Li on Mon, 15/05/2017 - 06:56

Hi teacher, I have a question, is this expression normal in English "I'm going to have to go back"? why not just "i have to go back"?

Hello Will Smile Li,

Ashlie could also just say 'I have to go back' here and that would be fine. 'going to have to' expresses a bit of annoyance than the present simple does, but essentially the meaning is the same.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Mr. Allin on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 19:36

I am a new student so my question is where i start the lesson or level one i am confusing Thanks every think

Submitted by MertMızrak on Fri, 21/04/2017 - 19:53

I am Turkish but I understand English very well

Submitted by quynhhuong on Wed, 19/04/2017 - 04:07

i wondered if i could ask you a question not related to this lesson? So, today when i heard cnn news, i came across two phrases that i'm was confusing about theirs meaning. These are : snapping at one's heels and when a challenge comes along, you must whippet. Hoping you will help me to deal with two difficult phrases above. Thanks very much!

Submitted by aldam123 on Tue, 11/04/2017 - 15:01

I like to walk, to see the most important buildings, to try tradicional food of the city.

Submitted by Maxlo8916 on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 03:46

when i will visit a city, i hope to eat the traditional food,see the traditional places, dance the traditional music. go to te park and try to be in touch with the local people and learn a lot of about his culture. i am from Colombia, my english is not the best. thanks for help me with this

Submitted by Scuba74 on Thu, 02/03/2017 - 16:25

Very interesting city. I've been there some years ago. Many thanks for helping with english. Good job!

Submitted by Saleemullah Khattak on Fri, 27/01/2017 - 05:01

It's amazing perhaps more than really walking around there in London. I have been to Paris Berlin and Istanbul,I wish visit London this year.

Submitted by STEPHANE ROTH on Sat, 14/01/2017 - 08:07

When I go on a "tour of the city", I visit the place, the main buildings and monuments with a guide. Usually, we go to the zoo and aquarium if it's a big city. We like to eat in good restaurants serving local food. We go shopping too. We like Museums of Natural History.