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Ashlie, Stephen and their cousins are going to the beach, but the British summer turns nasty on them. What is there to do in Britain when the weather is bad?

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


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Ash said: I hope it doesn’t rain, shouldn't she said : I hope it will not rain, as it refers to a future expectation? what is the difference please?

Hello lebmfk,

After 'hope', the present tense is used to communicate a future meaning. People sometimes use 'will' instead, but I'd say the present is more common.

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Hi there
Thanks for helping us improve our English. I've got a few questions. I'd really appreciate it if you answer them.
1. Do Ashlie and Rob (not sure about the spelling of his name) speak two different types of British accents?
2. At 3:56, does Ashlie really say "have you eaten all of it?" ?
3. I can say I almost understand everything Rob says, but I have difficulty getting what the other two guys say at times, sometime like the one I pointed out above, when they speed up the pace, I have no clue whatsoever what they are talking about. What's my problem? Why do I easily understand Stephen Sackur and I'm sometimes unable to grasp what your Stephen says. I found their accent so close to Ricky Gervais. Am I mistaken? Honestly I don't hold out that much hope of ever understanding what you Brtis say when you speak so fast.


Thanks a lot Mr Peter M I'll do my best to learn English .

Hi LearnEnglish Team .I'd like to know how I start learning English in an easy way
and also how to get extra time when I speak with a native speaker especially on the phone?

Hi abouhussien,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! For advice on getting started and using the site, I recommend taking a look at our Help page, which has lots of tips and suggestions on this.

As far as using the phone goes, it is not easy! One of the things that makes it hard is that we can't see the other person and so have no clues from their face, mouth etc. It's important to let the other person know that you need a little more time or that they need to speak more slowly, for example. Most people are quite understanding - after all, they will probably have been in the same situation in the past - so telling them that 'English is not my first language' is a good idea. You can also ask them to repeat something - here is a video which can help with that.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I want to say thank for British council & specially Peter for giving answer of my question. I have another question that how do we use the word "could" it's a past form of can but here "we could try that new sports Center" what does it means??