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Flathunting Scene 1 Language Focus

Ashlie and Rob cover some different ways to talk about disliking something and continue on to discuss the present continuous.

Task 1

Choose the right ending to finish the expressions.



Task 2

Match the examples of the present continuous with the right description.



Task 3

Finish the sentences from the last exercise by using the present continuous. Use 'always' if you need it.




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hi MaríaG17 and Mª Luisa,

You might want to try viewing the Word on the Street episodes that are not Language Focus episodes (for example, Flathunting Scene 1 or 2) while reading the transcript and paying special attention to how Ashlie pronounces the words.

After you've seen a few episodes like this, you will probably understand Ashlie much more easily.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much, Peter!
The LearnEnglish Team is always solving my problem.

Can 'always' with present continuous tense only be used to talk about something annoying?
Can we use it to say other positive expression like "She is always sitting here"? Or "She always sits here?

Hello Aung Thet Naing,
If the habit is not annoying then we usually use the present simple ('She always sits here') rather than the continuous. The [always + present continuous] is usually used for annoying habits. However, in colloquial English it is possible to use [always + present continuous] with a positive meaning, though it's not very common. It really depends upon the context, but it's sometimes used to show that something that a person did is quite typical for them.
For example:
Somebody helped you with something; you comment: 'He's always helping me like that. What a nice chap!'
'You see a colleague working hard; you comment: 'She's always working very hard, every time I see her.'
I hope that clarifies it for you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Help me how to download "Word on the Street" script and audio file.

Hello Eliza2012!
I'm sorry, but there's no script for the 'Language Focus' sections, only for the 'Scenes'. You can find those under the 'Transcript' link on the Scene pages. For the downloading, I'm afraid these videos are not available for download for copyright reasons. 
If you want audio downloads to listen to off-line, why not try our Elementary Podcasts series? 
Best wishes,
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team 

It is a little bit fast for me to catch all their conversations.
But this situation is very usual,and some expressions are very useful.
It seems hard to find flats which meet each our needs.

I like this Video, thanks.. actually I'm still confuse about when we use "to" and when we use "for", may be anybody can help me??
thanks before.

"To" is used before verbs (I can't wait to graduate, I can't wait to go on picnic, I can't wait to chat with him etc), and "for" is used before nouns (I can't wait for this party, carnival, film etc). 
I hope it will help)

I really enjoy "Word on the street", Stephen, Ashlie and the useful explanations about the series by the teacher. This summer, my family and me are going to travel to London and several places around and I think the situations, vocabulary and common sentences of this series are indispensable in daily life. Thank you very much, I am learning a lot thanks to this incredible web and thanks to the incredible staff who is in charge of this great project. Best regards, Oli