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History Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen talk about American English and some uses of passive verb forms.

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

Task 1

Click on the American English word to complete each sentence.


Task 2

Can you remember the American English words from Task 1? Type in the words to complete the sentences.


Task 3

Complete the sentences with the correct passive expressions for talking about landmarks.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello dear team,
In English language how many kind of “school of thought”?
Just two (American English and British English) or more?
Could you answer my question please?

Hello again fahri,

These are called 'varieties' of English. There are actually dozens or even hundreds of different varieties – see this Wikipedia entry for more on this.

By the way, we read all comments before they are published and then reply to them as soon as we can. We are a small team with a lot of work, so it can sometimes take some time, though we generally try to reply within 24 hours.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I like this website and enjoy learning British English so much. So great,its so helpful.

Hi please give me some advice in learning english

Hello Faris84,

We have put our best tips and advice into our Help section. Be sure to also look at our Frequently Asked Questions page, which has many suggestions for improving particular aspects of English.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone. My writing skill is weak and I want to improve it. That why I would like anyone explain my essay. Do you have this service or do you advise me something

Hello Moon Flower97,

I'm afraid we don't provide feedback on users' writing – we're simply too small a team with too much to be able to do that. You can, however, find some general advice on improving your writing on our Frequently asked questions page and then our Writing for a purpose section has some resources on writing academic essays that might be useful for you. Or if you want to improve your writing for the IELTS, take a look at our IELTS section and TakeIELTS.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone! I would like to inform you that the "Cambridge Dictionaries Online" is not working in this period. Whenever I look for a word, the message "Page not found" comes out. What's wrong with it? Thank you very much in advance for your answer and for your help and kindness. Bye!

Hello lellablu,

Thanks for letting us know! It's been like this since the Cambridge Dictionary website was updated a few days ago. We're working to fix it as soon as possible, but in the meantime you can also go to their website (which does work!) to find words and phrases there.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

why the video player on this page is not working, anybody can help ? Thanks in advance !