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Education Scene 2

Stephen decides he’s going to fix up an old banger and gets Ashlie to help him. There’s just one small problem ...

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


hello everybody
I have a problem in listening I can understand most of words but the speaker speak quickly so I can‘t understand what‘s he mean.
so help me what can I do?

Hello Ghada A Talha,

It can be difficult to understand people when they are speaking quickly, can't it? One thing which you can do is to use the transcript so you can listen and read at the same time; later, when your listening skills have improved, you can listen without the transcript.

There are some other things that you can do to improve your listening, too. Please take a look at our Help page, where we have put many tips and suggestions on this and other topics.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank‘s a lot for your advice

My question is not connected with the video, but I hope sb can help me. Which tense should I use in the sentence "At the time of the takeover the company’s shares (decline) in value for
several months " ?
Thank you in advance!

Hello nameless,

That really depends on what is meant, which is not clear without the context. The first form that comes to my mind is the past perfect continuous ('had been declining'), as it offers an explanation for the takeover.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

First of all, thank you very much for your work.
I think I heard in Listen and Watch, Word on the street , Education Scene 2, this sentence (1:10 - 1:12)
Stephen: ... Come on. I want to show you to Gavin.
while what i read
«... Come on. I want to introduce you to Gavin.»
What i heard is right?
Thank you

Hi Luigi,

I hear what the transcript indicates here, though it's true that Stephen doesn't pronounce 'introduce' all that clearly. It's great that you pay this much attention to the pronunciation, by the way – you can really improve your comprehension and speaking skills (be sure to imitate what you listen to until it feels comfortable, or at least more comfortable, to pronounce these phrases) a lot this way.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi teacher, Hi everyone. I've noticed two new verbs to me (or phrasal verbs, I'm not sure): come along and pay off. I've written two sentences and I would really appreciate if someone could tell me if they're correct.
1.- After watching many videos of British Council, my english is really coming along (I mean my english is improving).
2.- All my efforts studying english are already paying off (I mean I'm starting to see results).
That's it. Thank you very much!

Hello ssoniacs,

Yes, both of those sentences are fine.

It looks like both of them are true as well!

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much! This website is the best way to learn english I've found ever. Congratulations for your work!!