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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 Joseph Edward,

'Build' means to construct: when you start there is no building, and when you finish it is standing. You can build using concrete, wood, stone etc.

'Destroy' means the opposite: when you start there is a building, and when you finish it is gone. You can destroy using a bomb, a (mechanical) hammer etc.

To check the meaning of words like this please use our Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool, which you can find on the right of the page.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I think amircan accent is easier more than British


Thank you all Learn English Team for that amazing lessons. I really appreciate your efforts.

Have a wonderful time

I want to say english to more fluently.
So,How do i learn to say more fluently to say english because english language is very important
to communicate with other people all around the world. To do so, I have to say more and more fluently.
And i want to know british people will laugh if i make mistake when made a conversation with the

Hello phyokyaw1993,

There are all kinds of native speakers, but I don't think that most of them would laugh at you if you made a mistake. It might help you to remember that most native speakers of English can't speak other languages very well, so they really have nothing to laugh about in any case!

To improve your fluency and speaking in general, the most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible. To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you. It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.

However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone. Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating.

You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team


Thanks for the lesson, I learned a little bit about the main historic London's buildings and the american accent.

Hello again,
I found that I shoud have more vocabulary from the American and the British accents.


Good morning,

Thank you very much for this exellent resource, the lesson taught me to much.


Hi Mohamad, I suggest you try with other browser. I had the same problem and I solved it using google chrome.

Thank you for lesson.