Transport and Travel Scene 2

Ashlie, Stephen and Jazz take a trip on the London Eye to enjoy the views of London.

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:

  • How many different types of transport can you think of?
  • What types of transport have Stephen, Ashley and Jazz been on?
  • Can you guess what Ashlie’s surprise is?

Now, watch Stephen, Ashlie and Jazz as they travel around London.



Jazz: Do you know how many different types of transport we have been on today?

Stephen: Well, we arrived on a plane, and then took a train, then a taxi – and now we’re on a boat on the River Thames!    

Jazz: Wow - amazing. I didn’t realise people in London travelled around on boats.

Stephen: Well, there’s a lot less traffic on the river and it’s a great way to see the sights.


Stephen: Ah - there’s Ashlie.

Ashlie: Hi guys. Ah, I’m glad to have these back.

Stephen: Well, here we are!

Jazz: Brilliant. Are we going to the London Eye?

Stephen: We are and I’ve got our tickets!

Ashlie: Oh, what a great surprise, Stephen. I’ve always wanted to go on the London Eye!

Stephen: And the view of London from up there is amazing.

Ashlie: Oh, and the weather’s so good, we’ll be able to see loads.

Jazz: Oh, I can’t wait.

Stephen: There you go mate, the Houses of Parliament. There’s Big Ben. Over there is St Paul’s Cathedral. 

Jazz: What a view.

Ashlie: Wow this is amazing. The City looks great from up here.

Jazz: That’s a strange building. What is that?

Stephen: Oh, that’s what we call the Gherkin – is one of London’s famous office blocks.

Jazz: Cool. This is fantastic. 

Stephen: And there’s one thing we haven’t done today? Here’s something to remind you of your trip to London.

Jazz: Oh, the London Underground. We haven’t been on the London Underground today. Thank you so much, Stephen. I’m never going to forget this day!


Ashlie: Let’s get some food, you guys must be hungry. What do you want to do? Shall we get a takeaway or eat in?

Jazz: Sorry? A take-away or eat in? What do you mean?   

Ashlie: Eat in, when we eat in the restaurant or take-away, when we take the food home with us.

Jazz: OK. Let’s get take-away, shall we?

Ashlie: So what do you fancy then, Pizza?

Jazz: Pizza’s good.

Stephen: Yes, pizza sounds good. And I know a great place right near the flat.

Ashlie: Oh no! You guys are never going to believe this… I’ve left my purse on the London eye!


Task 1

Comprehension Task

Read the questions and select the right answers.



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Submitted by Tina Nguyen on Tue, 12/11/2019 - 21:45

It’s amazing video. Great. I’m studying at London now so this video show me some popular places. I hope I’ll visit these places soon. Moreover, I can learn many new structures, it is helpful to improve my vocabulary. However I want to ask you what’s the meaning of word : “take-away”

Hello Tina Nguyen

In this context, 'takeaway' is food cooked in a restaurant or shop that you eat in a different place (for example, at home, in the office or in a park).

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by nikoslado on Sat, 19/10/2019 - 14:02

Dear Team, I really recognise all you are doing for us and all of us have already appreciated and thanked you about. It's a key issue for me that has to do only with the '' Word on the Street ''course,so I'd like although to note something for your future arrangements, as I know you are preparing new stuff. Please reduce both the duration as well as the volume of the background music in the videos!! This isn't simply ''introductory music''.Many times it runs before, during and after the words and the dialogues, adding nothing else, but confusion to us, trying to catch the daily and fast pronunciation of the speakers. Speaking only for me, and without meaning to be excessive or rude, sometimes I feel a headache during the listening because of the music. Mind that I love music and I'm a musician myself. Ever thankful to all of you, nikoslado

Submitted by Veny on Thu, 27/12/2018 - 15:27

This website is really helpful. Ashlie said "I' ve left my pursue on the London ", can I also said " I've forgotten..... "? It's that ok?

Hi Veny,

Yes, that's also fine. Glad you find the site helpful!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Stephane on Mon, 19/02/2018 - 20:11

Hi the team, I'm sorry but I don't understand "go mate". What does that mean ?

Hi Stephane,

The phrase 'there/here you go' is a fixed expression. It means the same as 'there/here you are' and we use it when we are giving something to someone or meeting their request in some way. In this case Stephen is 'giving' the visitors the view they want: Look, there you go, it's the Houses of Parliament.

'Mate' here is just a friendly term. It means the same as friend but is more informal.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Rezaya on Thu, 19/10/2017 - 22:27

hi Ash said : the weather’s so good, we’ll be able to see loads what does LOADS mean here? thanks

Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 20/10/2017 - 06:43

In reply to by Rezaya


Hi Rezaya,

'Loads' here is an informal way to say 'lots' or 'a lot'. For example:


I have a lot of time.

I have lots of time.

I have a load of time. (informal)

I have loads of time. (informal)


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by SonuKumar on Fri, 15/09/2017 - 11:44

Sir, In this video Jazz Said "I did not realise in London people travelled around on boats" why didn't he say "I didn't realise in London people travel around on boats" I think he should have used present simple indefinite tense because He saw that people were still traveling and I think that they still do so work is still done then why didn't he use present simple instead ?

Hello SonuKumar,

Jazz could have used the present simple, for exactly the reasons you mention, and that would have been correct. The past simple is also correct, however, and can communicate the same idea. Nowadays people tend to use the present simple for the very reason you mention, but occasionally the past simple is still used with the same meaning.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Adriancatanescu on Thu, 06/07/2017 - 16:36

Good afternoon everyone is lovely to write here again. When I think of meaning of the transport , the first type of transport is the car I think is the most used meaning of transport and the second time I think his public transport. Taxis,coach and some of places where are rivers and you can travel by boat. Some ofplaces especially on the mountain they have cable car,helicopter, train and so on. And in some places people can ride by a camel or horse and another places you can ride on elephant if you live in India. I don't know it might be more type of transport. If I talk about my favorite type of transport I think is the train I really really like to travel by train because it has more space than other type of transport I think he's really safe to travel by train and is really fast in the same time as coach and as a car. But I wouldn't say no if I had to choose between a boat and train I can choose both of them as well.

Submitted by dinhhathanh on Mon, 09/01/2017 - 08:42

I need this video for my job. How can i download it ? help me

Hello dinhhathanh,

I'm afraid that our videos are not available for download for copyright reasons.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team