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Notting Hill Scene 1

Ashlie is preparing her costume for the Notting Hill Carnival and Stephen learns some new dance moves.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear Team,
Ι can't stop thanking you and appreciate the hard work you are doing for us. I'd like, although, to mention something about the English there are spoken in some cases, where the text is completely simple, whereas the live speaking and the pronunciation seem to be like another strange language with the half or more less words or syllables.I I'm referring-for example- to this extract:
''Man: Alright, come on, let me show you what to do. Alright, so, let's see what we're going to do. We’re going to do a criss-cross to the right and kick with our left foot at the same time.''
I'm feeling that I wouldn't understand anything even if If had been in Notting Hill for ages.Note, that my son- who studies medicine in England - could barely understand half of what the dancer said.
What do you think about it?
Ever thankful, nicoslado

Hi nikoslado,

That particular speaker is rather hard to understand, isn't he? On LearnEnglish we think that it's important to show our users real language as it is used in real situations, so that when people encounter natural language use they won't be surprised. It's better to encounter speech like this in a recording with a transcript first, I think!



The LearnEnglish Team

dear teacher,
can you please answer what the word "glamorous" mean?
many thanks!

They all are very useful, thanks for all your help!!!

Could you help me to use two word as below for native speaker:
I always confuse to use it

Hello Nguyen thi Hai Huyen,

Either means A or B but not both.

Neither means not A and not B.


Thus, if I say Bob went to either the library or the bookshop then I mean that he went to one of the places and not the other one.

If I say Bob went to neither the library nor the bookshop then I mean he did not go to the library and he did not go to the bookshop.


We use or after either and nor after neither.

We use singular verbs after etther (either option is good) and neither (neither option is good)



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks so much.
But i confuse as below:
A: I like reading
B: If B like reading, B can say: Me neither or either?

Hello Nguyen thi Hai Huyen,

There are several possible choices here:


If both like reading:

I like reading.

So do I.


If neither likes reading:

I don't like reading.

Neither do I.


If one likes reading and the other does not:

I like reading.

I don't.


I don't like reading.

I do.



The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, Ashlie says "it must take you hours and hours to work on this" does she mean that it will definitely take you hours and hours to work on this or it probably or definitely takes you hours and hours to work on this ? I mean is saying for one event which will take place in future or for one event that takes place daily in present and if she says for future for one event so Could we use 'Must' for one event that takes place daily in present and someone else does that but we are not sure that how time that event probably takes daily like it must take you hours and hours daliy to work on this or should we only say that I imagine or probably it takes you hours and hours to work on it ?