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York Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie drive north to York. Stephen surprises Ashlie with a Roman ring - and a museum she actually likes!

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Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

'I thought we could....' is a way of making a polite suggestion. 




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Please advise which of the following prepositions is correct:

1. The most captivating fairy tale in China DURING the last two decades is the success story of Han.

2. The most captivating fairy tale in China OF the last two decades is the success story of Han.

Thank you.

Conversation between Ashlie and the shopkeeper, a friend once told me that in England the prices are written down for every type of goods, and they're certain prices and there will be no bargains. If that's true so why do you need to ask the shopkeeper for prices, or are they actually bargaining with the souvenir? Could you answer my question LearnEnglish team?

Hello Anh Quân Chu,

It's true that most shops in Britain have the prices marked for customers to see but it is not always the case. In places which sell non-standard or unique items, such as antique shops, craft stalls, farmers markets and so on, it is not unusual for the customer to have to ask about the price. In these places it is often quite normal to bargain or haggle when buying - in other words, to negotiate the price with the seller.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for letting me know, Peter.
In Vietnam there's a lot of bargain but I don't really like it because the merchants usually make up the price, double it let's say and the consumers feel like they've been ripped off. I know it all comes down to negotiation but those merchants are truly liars, and everything needs to be priced correctly in a certain standard, of that I think it's what Britain doing well. That will reduce conflicts between buyers and sellers, and misunderstanding within the transactional market.
Well that's my opinion, hope it will be published and there will more comments about this issue/topic.
Have a nice day Peter M.


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It's playing fine for me. What sort of computer are you using to watch it?

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The LearnEnglish Team

It's a excellent video and a beatuful city, congratulations.
what means: History hunting's dirty work?.

Hello exekiel61,

It means 'investigating history is dirty work' - in other words, you have to get muddy and messy as you look in old places, dig in the ground and so on.  That's why Stephen says 'bring your wellies' (wellington boots)!

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone!
Could you help me please?
I have read in here that "We use going to to talk about plans decided before the moment of speaking."
But in podcast Stephen said, "You are going to love this museum". And at another time Ashlie said, " Stephen, I’m not even sure they’re going to let you use that thing".
Please help me, because I am very confused!
Ashlie and Stephen haven't decided to talk about this in the past. They thought about it at the time of speaking. Why didn't they use Future past, because "We use will to talk about plans decided at the moment of speaking"?

Hi Yulia_V,

Both going to and will are used in more than one way - these uses are explained in much more detail on our talking about the future page. In the examples you cite with going to, it is used to make a prediction about the future ("when we can see that something is likely to happen").

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The LearnEnglish Team