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Christmas Scene 1

Ashlie and Stephen are getting ready for Christmas. They need to buy presents and decorate the tree, but there's still time for a bit of ice-skating...

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


HELLO ! I have some questions . " all-inclusive holiday ", " budget holiday ", "laid-back holiday" what do they mean ? Please answer me Dear Team. I'll thank to you.

Hello May Thida Su,

An all-inclusive holiday is one where the price you pay includes everything. In other words, you don't have to pay for items (travel, your room, meals etc) separately.


A budget holiday is one which is not too expensive and suitable for people with a limited amount of money.


A laid-back holiday is one which is relaxed and stress-free.



The LearnEnglish Team

hi i wish you can help
my problem is that i can not
remember all the conversation in the video but i understand the the meaning of the video

Hello sumaya,

I'm not sure I remember everything from the video either! Do you mean that it's difficult for you to do one of the tasks? It's a good idea to watch the video several times in general, and especially if you find the tasks difficult to complete. You can also use the transcript if that's easier.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team


Hi everybody. i need some help, How can i translate the expresssion ''women that drew looks on monday then couldn't draw the plow on monday'' in this sentence,.
Ella was not strong person, coming from a family of small-boned, almost fragile country ''women that drew looks on monday then couldn't draw the plow on monday.''

Hello Narina,

I'm afraid we don't deal with translation on this site. I can explain the meaning of the phrase, however.

Women that drew looks describes women who attract attention in some way. From the context, I would guess that it refers to physical attractiveness.

...couldn't draw the plough on Monday tells us that they lacked the strength or the will to work in the fields on Monday. The implication, I would say, is that women who are attractive (perhaps slim and small) lack the strength for farm work.



The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning the Learn English Team,
I don't understand why Stephen said Christmassy. What is "Christmassy" and what is the difference between Christmas and Christmassy ?
Thanks a lot.


Hello Stéphane,

'Christmassy' is an adjective derived from the noun 'Christmas' and means something like 'Christmas-like'. Stephen thinks his work on the tree has made it more beautiful and that the ambience feels more like Christmas because of it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Merry Christmas Team,

Could you explain the meaning of this sentence "They’re coming to Stephen’s to give our mum a rest.", especially the phrase "to be coming to"?
Thank you.