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Northern Ireland Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie see some of Northern Ireland's sights, and then head to the Atlantic Ocean for surfing lessons.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


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Thank you very much Kirk !

I find your comment very useful for me !

Best wishes ,

Hello Teachers ,

I was just wondering could we change 'basics' with 'basis' here , when instructor says : We're going to start off with the basics of surfing .

Thank you .

Best regards ,

Hello iliya_b,

If you changed 'basics' to 'basis', it would be grammatically correct and would also make some sense, though the meaning would be a little bit different. I'd recommend you treat 'the basics of X' as a fixed expression – it's a common way of speaking about the fundamental knowledge or skills needed to understand or do something.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Stunning sceneries !! I wish I could go to Northern Ireland one day . I also want to try Surfing. it looks so much fun and exciting .

Hi teacher.. there's a sentence which attracts me. In this video Ashlie said, "Yes, we’re both good swimmers. But I’m not keen on going in very cold water."
Is 'keen on' usually followed by present continous tense(gerund)? I'll wait for your reply, teacher. And, anyway I wonder when will "words on the street" update the content? 'cause i really like and appreciate this lesson. Thanks before, Sir. 

Hi fernandd,

Since on is a preposition, it can be followed by a noun (or pronoun). Among other things, the -ing form of a verb is used to transform a verb into a noun. Therefore, it is the form used after prepositions such as on (in keen on or other similar adjective + preposition expressions).

As for your other question, we hope to have some new Word on the Street episodes for you later this year.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Is there a problem whit exercise because I can't see them. They aren't loading today. I have got a same problem whit next episodes. Please, check them. Thank you:))

Yes, we had some problems with our servers today. They should be fixed now.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi there , i realy like these videos so much and i wanna keep watching them at anytime ,on car ,ipod ....etc but i had problems in downloading them, the downloading start but never finish it always stops at 80% watching them even off line will realy help me to learn, thank you then