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Music Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen take a look at ‘play’, ‘live’ and ‘mind’ and how they can be used in different ways.

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Trying task 2, when "live" rhymes with give (verb) or five (adj)?

Is there any explanations about the sound of words in this site? same writing, different sound?


Hello Mayela,

The best resources for practicing your pronunciation on LearnEnglish are the dictionary entries, where you can hear words' general pronunciation, and the podcasts and videos such as Word on the Street, where you can hear them in context.

For example, if you look up 'live' in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box (on the right), just after the word live, you'll see small red and blue speaker icons, which you can click on to hear typical British and American English pronunciations of the word. Then you must scroll down the page quite a way to the second entry for live (adjective form), where you can see another pair of speaker icons to listen to, as the pronunciation is different.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi guys, i have only a small problem in this clip e.g. 3.34 until e.g. 3.39, i can't understand very well what rgb said.

i hope someone can help me.

thank you so much.


Hello rosario70,

Rob says: "If something's catchy -  a name or a song - it catches you, it gets hold of your attention, like a song with a really catchy tune."

Please remember that the language focus sections of each episode are designed to explain certain language points. It's not necessary to understand every word that you hear; only to understand the key points being made.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello...thanks to word on the street team for the english course...I really love it

I want to ask something, can I change play the piano with play a piano?..thanks before

Hello niken.rizky,

When we want to say that a person knows how to play an instrument, we use 'the' before the instrument, not 'a':

He plays the guitar.

He plays the flute.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for your explanation,

Thanks for the clarification!

Hello Sir,
Can you please tell me if it is polite and formal to say "Mind your head" to ask someone to take care of their head. If not, how could I say that in a polite manner?
I think the expression "Mind your business" is impolite, so, I am a bit confused.

Hello Adtyaggrwl,

'Mind your head' (meaning 'be careful not to bump your head') is perfectly polite provided it is said in a polite tone and with a friendly face (so it does not sound like a command, but a helpful warning). When we are warning someone to be careful we need to be quite direct as we don't want to take so long telling them that the warning comes too late!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team