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Music Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie discuss her gig, indirect questions, the present perfect and sentences with ‘I bet’.

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello Nylakahan,

No, 'if' is not correct here. The reason is the verb at the beginning:

Do you know if...

Do you think that...

The first question is asking for knowledge in a yes/no form. The second is asking for an opinion.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank u Peter

About the second question in Task 3, does 'he's worked too hard recently' sound strange?

Hello Haruyo,

The present perfect simple (has worked) does not sound strange, but is less likely than the present perfect continuous (has been working) as the latter emphasises the duration and continuity of the activity as opposed to the result or achievement. Aspects, whether perfective or continuous, are related to perception - how we see an event - rather than objective fact. Therefore we often have a choice of how we express ourselves in terms of aspect, and more than one answer may be correct, even if one is more likely or natural-sounding than the other.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

could you answer my question, please
I answered task 1 question 7
Would you mind telling me how you learnt such good English?
is it learnt past of learn or not .when I check the dictionary it says it can be learned or learnt but the question here tell me that I have mistake

Hello hayaalqasem,

Your answer was indeed correct for exactly the reason you mention: both learnt and learned are acceptable past simple forms for learn. Our exercise didn't take this into account, but I've just fixed this. If you try it again, you'll see that your answer is now correct.

Thanks for helping us improve LearnEnglish!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

thanks for all!
this lesson is very wonderful!
I just ready to learning English!
and i feel it's interesting!

Hello Kirk !!
Thanks for your advice. I put it in practice.
I began to listen "Music", it's very hard to me. I understood that the first podcast was "Camdem" and I began to listen it.

Best wishes,

I have a serious problem with the listening. I can't understand all the video, but I'm improving.

Hello Daniel,

The more you listen, the more you will understand, so my advice is to keep listening! I'd suggest listening to each episode at least two or three times without the transcript, and then reading the transcript a couple of times, and then finally watching the episode again while reading the episode. (Language Focus videos don't have transcripts, but all of the other Word on the Street videos do.) This is slow work, but it can really make a difference.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team