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Dating Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen look at some words used to describe people’s character and nouns that have become verbs. How on earth did that happen?

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear Team,I think -based on all dictionaries I've looked at- the word ''fair''could be used both for the ''appearance'' and for the ''character'' description, as it means:1] ''just-equitable- rightful'' and so on, and 2]''blond -pale -beautiful''-etc...( I'm asking you because the Task requires only the second use.)
Many thanks to all of you.

Hello nikoslado

Yes, 'fair' has multiple meanings and uses, and the ones you mention are certainly quite common ones. And you're right, in Task 1, it has to do with appearance.


All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. I'm confused about the "big" and "fair". Does the big mean fat, and the fair mean white? Thanks.

Hello Leo Liu,

'Big' refers to size in general. It could mean that someone is very tall, very fat, very muscled etc.

'Fair' usually describes hair colour and means the person has light or blonde hair. It can also refer to skin (fair-skinned), but this is less common.



The LearnEnglish Team

amazing one, about task 3 it's just to put a sentence randomly?

Hello Asomy,

No, there is one answer for each. If you try the exercise, after completing it you can see the answers by clicking or pressing on Finish and then See Answers.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear teachers
I just was wondering why some of these tracks don't have any transcription part .
and may I ask you that for which language level these videos (word on the street section) are useful and appropriate because I barely understand them . I am at the Intermediate level and I am beginning to feel frustrated about my English knowledge .
thanks in advance for your help .

Hello alih7,

The Language Focus videos don't currently have a transcript, though we plan to make transcripts for these videos in the future. In the meantime, if you want to ask us about a short, specific phrase or sentence, you are welcome to - we just ask that you tell us the time code (e.g. 1:20-1:26).

These videos are made for intermediate-level learners, but that doesn't mean they are easy. Especially if you are just starting to watch them, be patient, as it can take some time to get used to their accents. Perhaps you should just watch the videos that have transcripts until you get used to their voices - then I bet these Language Focus videos will be more useful for you.

Keep trying! I'm sure you can improve your understanding if you are patient with yourself and use the transcripts to help you understand. As you watch the videos, they should gradually become easier. Then you will really accomplish something!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello dear.

he said "what on earth are you wearing?"

wearing = making you tired or annoyed

but i can't understand the hole of the sentence.

Could you help me please?

Hello fahri,

'wearing' is this sentence is the verb 'wear' (follow the link to see the definition) in the present continuous tense. 'on earth' indicates that Stephen thinks something is strange - Stephen is surprised at what she's wearing.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team