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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


They decorate their houses ,cook the turkey and wish to Santa Claus to get a present.
They buy toys for children or clothes for adults each other.
Colorful balls, candles and a star that is on top of the tree.

Christmas is one of the most popular and important ocasion for people around the world. It's time to stay with the family and friends, they share gifts and has the customs to go to church to be grateful with God and of course they prepare delicious food with turkey, potatoes, salads and sweets desserts It's time to celebrate waiting for "Santa Clouds" with his bag full of presents for all people, specially children that had a good behavor during the year. Many parents buy toys to their children and others give clothes or small souvenirs. The Christmas tree is decorated with lights and colourful balls.

People usually give presents which they have wanted to buy or they have needed to each other, Christmas present (or new year present according to my culture) doesn't have to be very big, it can be small. The important thing is thinking for another person and making him/her happy.I know that decorations are made with pine trees, lights, colorful balls etc.

Christmas is a special day. People buy each other precious gifts

ı think christmas present have to be special

In my country the christmas doesn't celebrate because of our religion.
I don't have any idea about British Christmas.

I find a problem listening because they speak fast. Please, how can I find a solution? thank you

Hello player one,

I'd recommend you use the transcript as a support. It's a good idea to watch a video once without any support first, to see if you can understand anything. Even if you understand nothing or very little, it's still a good idea to listen once. Then either open the Transcript (below the exercises) or to download and print it (see under Downloads for a pdf of the transcript) and to play the video while reading the transcript. It's probably a good idea to do this several times. Pay special attention to the phrases or sentences that you find difficult and listen to just those parts several times, too. 

To get the most out of the video, you should identify some words, phrases and sentences that you'd like to learn. They can be new vocabulary or vocabulary you understand but don't use. Write them down in a notebook so you can revise them from time to time, and then it's also a good idea to practise pronouncing them - use the video as a model to imitate. Say them again and again until they are easier for you to pronounce. This will not only help your speaking, but slowly, your listening comprehension will improve as well.

What I'm suggesting requires quite a bit of work, but the advantage is that you can really learn a lot this way. But you're of course welcome to use each episode in any way you please.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

OK, thank you so much Kirk for your tips!

could you please explain me the difference between "to be supposed to" and "to be expected to"?
Stephen said: "Ashlie and I are supposed to be doing some last-minute Christmas shopping".
is it ok to say "Ashlie and I are expected to be doing some last-minute Christmas shopping" instead?
thank you very much in avance.