Stephen helps Ashlie with some ideas for her blog so that it gets more ‘views’. What does he advise?

Do the Preparation task first. Then do the first two Tasks while watching the video. After that, try the third and fourth Tasks. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Watch the video. Are the sentences true or false?

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Task 2

Watch the video again. Choose the correct option to complete each sentence.

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Task 3

In the video, Ash and Jess use expressions for getting, giving and responding to advice. Put the words in the correct order to make the expressions

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Task 4

Can you remember the expressions from Task 3? Type in the correct words.

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Intermediate: B1

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Hello
a bit of action , What it mean
Thanks

Hello fidaasiddig

Stephen was just saying that Ashlie's blog was only words and pictures and asking why she wanted it to have a video. She thinks that a video will give it 'a bit of action', in other words, make it more interesting and more engaging.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

how can i donwnload the videos? Sometimes, internet connection may be problematic at our school therefore i wanna prepare it at home

Hello büşrabe,

I'm afraid our videos are not available for download for legal reasons. All of our podcasts (e.g. LearnEnglish podcasts, Big City Small World) are freely available for download, so you might want to consider them.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

can you explain to me please: "going to be talking about" vs "going to talk about"

Hello quoc hung,

'to talk about' is a simple infinitive and 'to be talking about' is a continuous infinitive. The 'continuous' in 'continuous infinitive' refers to continuous aspect, which can be used to express different meanings. Without knowing the context for these two verbs, I can't say for sure what they are meant to communicate, but, for example, the continuous form 'to be talking about' could be used here to emphasise that the talking will be happening over a period of time. 'to talk about' can also imply this, but doesn't emphasise it in the same way as 'to be talking about'.

I hope this helps you make sense of it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

i am just wondering about Ashley's sentence at the beginning: "i'm going to be talking about..." because i often hear only "i'm going to talk about". It was the first time i've heard of this so kinda new to me haha. I don't know what their differences are.

Hello quoc hung,

In many contexts, there's no important difference between the two forms. When someone is announcing what they intend to do (e.g. in 'I'm going to talk about'), the continuous aspect doesn't make much sense, as the primary intention is to identify what you're about to do rather than get specific about what the event will be like.

In this case, Ashley has already in a sense started her talk by dressing the way she has. In a context like this, the continuous calls attention to this fact. But she could also say 'I'm going to talk about' and it would be fine.

Hope this helps. Even if it's not completely clear to you, I wouldn't worry about it too much, as it is quite a subtle distinction!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you

Hi, Team.
Help me with this please.
Jess : I think the most important thing would be to choose a subject that you're really pasionate about ...
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I was wondering if I could change 'would be to choose' in the sentence to :
1. would be choosing
2. is to choose
3. is choosing
Would you please explain.
Thank you very much in advance.

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