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York Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie drive north to York. Stephen surprises Ashlie with a Roman ring - and a museum she actually likes!

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


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Do you know anything about York in England?
  • Would you rather go shopping, or go to a museum? Why?

Now watch to find out what Stephen and Ashlie do in York.


Ashlie: You really were serious, weren’t you?

Stephen: Of course I was!

Ashlie: Stephen and I are going to York in the north of England today. We’re going to do some archaeology, but Stephen wants to take his metal detector.

Stephen: Well, I want to try out my new present. York is famous for its history. I want to find some real treasure! An old sword, an ancient coin...

Ashlie: …an old tin can! Yeah, right. It’ll be the same as every year; you get a new toy and then you get bored of it after five minutes.

Stephen: Oh, stop moaning. It's a long drive to York. And whatever you do, don't forget your wellies. History hunting's dirty work.


Ashlie: Oh, wow Stephen, look. Look at this shop. They sell real pieces of history in here.

Stephen: Come on, let’s go in and have a look.

Ashlie: Excuse me. Are these real?

Shopkeeper: They are. Those are Roman.

Ashlie: Wow, where do they come from?

Shopkeeper: Generally the UK, but also in Europe as well.

Ashlie: Oh, this looks unusual. Is it very valuable?

Shopkeeper: That one, that’s about 75 pounds. That’s a Roman military cloak brooch. It would have been used to fasten a cloak or a toga. Lots of things were lost in those days.

Ashlie: Well, well I wouldn’t want to lose something like this.

Shopkeeper: I'm sure whoever lost that was very upset.

Ashlie: I bet. Wow, Stephen, come and look at this. This is so lovely. I would love to wear a piece of history.

Stephen: How much is it?

Shopkeeper: That one’s 120 pounds.

Stephen: I’ll take it!

Ashlie: No, Stephen. That's too expensive.

Stephen: No, it isn’t. It’s a present, Ashlie.

Ashlie: For who?

Stephen: For you, of course!

Ashlie: Oh, Stephen. That is so lovely of you. Thank you!


Ashlie: Right, what now? More shopping maybe?

Stephen: Well, I thought we could have a look around the Viking museum.

Ashlie: A museum? Can't we do that tomorrow?

Stephen: You are going to love this museum.

Ashlie: Whatever.


Ashlie: This is amazing.

Stephen: Wow, look at that! Imagine walking these streets in Viking times. The sights, the sounds.

Ashlie: The smells! It really stinks in here.

Stephen: Ashlie, it's all part of the experience. This is what a real Viking town would have looked like and smelt like.

Ashlie: Well, it smells pretty bad.

Stephen: Come on, Ash. Let’s do some authentic Viking shopping.


Ashlie: Wow, what a beautiful city!

Stephen: Oh, you can have a look at the architecture later. Over there's the Viking excavation. We need to sign up for tomorrow and I can’t wait to use my metal detector.

Ashlie: Stephen, I’m not even sure they’re going to let you use that thing.


Ashlie: Excuse me. Can you tell me where to go for tomorrow's dig, please?

Man: Yes, the dig is right over there and you'll need to be here for seven o'clock tomorrow to pick up your tools.

Ashlie: What? Seven o’clock?

Man: I’m afraid so.

Stephen: Well, I've got my metal detector. So I guess all I need is a spade to dig up the treasure.

Man: You won't be needing that! This is what we use.

Ashlie: Come on, Stephen. Thanks. See you tomorrow!

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

'I thought we could....' is a way of making a polite suggestion. 




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hi Lisa,

In general, I'd say you could use it, but of course that really depends on many factors such as the kind of text it is, the relationship between the writer and the reader, the writer's intentions, etc. 'by' is rather more common than 'for', so it might be easier to just use 'by' if that's appropriate.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

"You won't be needing that!" - This is a statement of the man in last scence of the video. I do not think he said that. I can't hear.

Hello Baotin Nguyen,

I've listened to the text myself and this is definitely what the man says. It is a little unclear because he is turned away when he starts to speak, I think, but the transcript is correct.



The LearnEnglish Team

I am very happy to know much useful information about York.I am from Egypt the country of the pharaohs and it is my pleasure to recognize all of these about English culture I will be grateful if you tell us about mixture of the English society.

I really want to thank you 4 these extremely useful videos...I've been leaving in England since April 2016....I still keep watching them because Ash and Steve spoke clearly and the Rob's real posh accent ...I wish you could upload new series of word on the street.... Do you happen to organize meeting with viewers? I'd be glad if met my virtual friends.

Hello Peppe,

I'm glad you find the videos useful. We don't organise meetings, I'm afraid, but new videos may well be added to this series in the future. Watch this space!

In the meantime there are many other series - video and audio - on our listening skills page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sirs.
I have a question.
The Man in the video says: 'You won't be needing that'.
I undestand the meaning but I don't think to have never seen this grammar costruction before. I think.
Could you explain me this, please?

Hello VCha,

This is an unusual form, isn't it? It's has the same meaning as 'You're not going to need that' - a prediction based on present knowledge or evidence. It's quite an informal form used most often when someone with more knowledge is correcting another person's expectations or plans.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone I'm glad to be here again andto share my thoughts. So if I have to choose whether I go, to the museum or shopping. I would prefer to go to visit the museum instead to go shopping. Because to do shopping you have all the time but to go in the museum you have to feel what you see and the good thing is most of the museums have a shop inside, so after you visit the museum you'll be able to do some shopping. But if you choose to do shopping you won't be able to see the museum. I have always wanted to see the museum of art from Britain.
Talking about the treasures, I have never searched for a treasure or worked on an archaeological dig but I would do it. Sometimes I thought, I wish I could maybe go somewhere to research for a treasure. When I was a kid I had a dream I have had a dream to go somewhere in an island and to discover somethings. Actually when I was a kid I used to watch cartoons, that's brings me back some nice memory when I used to searching for my childhood treasure. if I like to go to search a treasure yes it would be interesting too, to have a map to go to make a research and to discover some ancient tools that gets you closer and closer to the treasure but I don't think so finally I won't end it by find a treasure, to be honest.

I don't know too much about this city but, I would like to visit it and to walk across the city searching for something interesting and I'd rather go to a museum looking for masterpieces and really nice paintings. I'm faithful to museums and I must go there and see it!