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Countryside is GREAT - Part 2

Richard continues his exploration of Britain's great countryside. He sees the lakes and mountains of Scotland and two of the world's natural wonders: the Giant's Causeway in Ireland and the magnificent Durdle Door in Dorset.

Task 1

In what order do these things get mentioned in the video?


Task 2

Match the descriptions you heard about the places. Each place has two descriptions.


Task 3

Complete the phrases.


Task 4

Select the four adjectives that are possible in the gap, but don't select the one that isn't possible.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Nguyên Nguyênn,

Where did you find these? I don't see them on this page. 'vanilla topics' doesn't make any sense to me, but if I saw it in context, I'm sure I could help you. As for 'Blackberry thumbs', I suppose this refers to Blackberry mobile phones, which have small keyboards that you type on using your thumbs, but again, it'd be useful to see the expression in context.

I suppose you have already seen it, but if not, please note that there's a dictionary search box on the lower right side of the page.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Nguyên Nguyênn,

I can't see either of those terms in the transcript for this video so I'm assuming they are from elsewhere. 'Vanilla' usually means 'basic', 'simple' or 'plain', while 'Blackberry thumbs' might be a reference to what happens to your thumbs if you text a lot. However, it's hard for me to say any more about these terms, which are clearly idiomatic, without seeing the context in which they appear. Perhaps you could post the sentences in which you saw these terms, and then we'll be happy to explain.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much. This is paragraphs I read. Choosing a vanilla topic: Most scholarship applications aren't going to accept your YouTube videos in place of a written essay, but you can still stand out. It starts with picking a topic that's unique and interesting but that still answers the question. "What I learned on my summer vacation" has been done before. (Tip: try doing an online search on "popular scholarship essay topics." Then you'll know which ones to avoid.)" and "Though you probably won't accidentally write an entire essay in text, if you're constantly working your Blackberry thumbs, you may have to steer away from your instinct to use "thru" instead of "through" or to drop in an "IMO."

Hello again Nguyên Nguyênn,

Ok, I see. As you can see in the second entry for 'vanilla' in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online (see the search box on the lower right), it can mean 'used to describe a product or service that is basic and has no special features'. So in this context, a vanilla topic is a generic topic, i.e. a general, uninteresting topic that many people write about. The text is advising applicants to choose a topic that is different in some way, yet which still answers the question.

'Blackberry thumbs' refers, as Peter and I suggested before, to writing on a mobile phone. The idea is that you must be careful to write in proper English, not in the kind of language that people typically use when sending text messages.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I hope someday I can visit Europa especially England.Indonesia has many beautiful landscape.Indonesia consist of the clusters island,so here is has many beautifull coast,mountains,lakes,two colour crater,You can many explore to visit.Two of the biggest visiting,Bali and Bromo brormo You can see the beatifull sunrise from the top of mountain.The green field and Sea sand,the crater volcano.Bali, Yogyakarta,Flores,Lombok its very famous with tourism

I was astonished watching these stunning landscapes.

The beautiful sunset at Durdle Door. My country has a lot of breathtaking places to explore and it is cheaper. task 3 stunned me, so sad.

Thank you for bringing and displaying this video, its really wonderful video and its improved my listening skills

Thank you very much for the video.
Is it wrong to say "in the middle of soft hills", "a range of rolling mountains" or "a very soft coastline"? Thank you very much in advance.

Hi Maxi68,

The adjective 'soft' doesn't normally collocate with 'hills' or 'coastline' as far as I'm aware, but otherwise these sound ok to me, though I'd have to see them in context to be sure.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team