Word on the street 02 - Camden


Word on the street 02 - Camden
Word on the street 02 - Camden

This is the 2nd episode of Word on the street by BBC Learning English. Ashlie and Stephen are on a mission to find the perfect birthday present for their mum in London’s Camden Market. Camden is known as the birthplace of punk music. Our reporter Carmen looks at the origins of punk, its influence on British fashion and how it’s evolving in the 21st century.

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PART I
StephenHere we are in Camden Lock Market. It’s a great place to go shopping and we need to buy a birthday present for our Mum. What do you think we should get her, Ash?
AshlieWell our Mum loves nice clothes and costume jewellery. So - I’m sure we’ll find something here.
StephenIt's huge here, Ash. I’ll tell you what, let’s split up, see what we can find and I’ll meet you back here in one hour.
AshlieOK, I’ll see you back here in an hour, then.
StephenOh, Ash – can you lend me 50 quid?
Ashlie50 quid, eh?
StephenDon’t worry, you’ll get it back!
AshlieThat should do it.
StephenThank you.
AshlieOK, I’ll see you back here later.
StephenSee you!
.....
StephenWow, look at these! I’ve never seen one of these before. How much are these?
ShopkeeperFive pound each.
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AshlieExcuse me. Do you have this in another colour?
.....
StephenHiya – how’s it going?
ShopkeeperHi, very well. How are you?
StephenGood, thanks.
StephenI like these, how much are they?
ShopkeeperEr, the leaf lights – they are £21.95.
StephenHmm, I’m not sure she’ll like them. Can you help me? I’m looking for a birthday present for my mum. Any ideas?
ShopkeeperWhat type of thing does she like?
StephenWell, she’s quite stylish – modern, I suppose.
ShopkeeperWell, the yin yang’s really modern. What do you think of that?
StephenHmm. What about that one over there?
ShopkeeperAh, the ball lights – lovely – it’s fifty pounds.
StephenOh.
ShopkeeperHow about... forty, seeing as it’s your mother’s birthday?
StephenTwenty?
ShopkeeperTwenty? That’s really cheap. How about I meet you halfway – twenty-five?
StephenGreat, thanks mate. My Mum’s going to love this.
ShopkeeperYou’re welcome.
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AshlieAah - I'm running out of time…
.....
AshlieExcuse me, how much is this?
ShopkeeperEr, that’s fifty pounds.
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StephenSo? How did you get on?
AshliePretty good, I guess. I bought this fantastic candle holder. It was a little bit expensive, but I think Mum will love it. In fact I almost bought one for myself!
StephenYeah… great – and look what I found!
AshlieWell, that is just crazy – how did we end up buying the same candle holder in this huge market??!
StephenI’ll tell you what we’ll do. You take this one. You said you almost bought one for yourself - and you lent me fifty pounds, right?
AshlieRight.
StephenSo you take this one, I’ll get lunch and we’ll call it quits! Come on – it’s time to get something to eat. Lunch is on me, remember. Come on!
PART II
AshlieWell, thanks for that Stephen. That was a great lunch.
StephenAh – you’re welcome. My pleasure! Now come on, we’ve got to get a move on.
AshlieOh, wait a minute. They’re nice.
StephenWhich ones? Those boots?
AshlieNo, the shoes at the back - the black ones. Let’s go in and have a look.
StephenWhat size are they? Why don’t you try them on and see if they fit?
AshlieExcuse me. Can I try these on, please? Have you got them in a size 6?
Shop assistantYes, sure.
AshlieThanks.
AshlieOh wait, they’ve got them in green, too. Maybe they’re nicer. What do you think?
StephenWhy don’t you try them both on?
AshlieSorry, can I try them both on, please? The green and the black in a size 6.
Shop assistantOK.
AshlieThanks.
StephenLet’s sit down. Shoe shops make me tired.
AshlieSo, which ones do you prefer? Do you prefer the black ones or the green ones?
StephenThey’re both nice.
AshlieBut tell me which ones you like the best.
StephenErm... OK then, the green ones.
AshlieWell, what’s wrong with the black ones?
StephenNothing’s wrong with the black ones. I said they’re both nice.
AshlieI think I prefer the black ones.
StephenOK then, if I say I prefer the black ones, can we just buy them and get out of here?
AshlieYeah, I think I’ll get the black ones. Unless you prefer the green ones?
StephenAaaargh! Come on!
AshlieOK, I’ll take the black ones please.
.....
StephenOK, I’ll see you later, then.
AshlieOK, I’m going this way. See you!
.....
AshlieHi there. Wow, such amazing clothes. Oh, this is nice. Can I try this on in a smaller size, please?
Shop assistantYes, certainly.
AshlieGreat, thank you.
Shop assistantThe changing rooms are just over there.
AshlieThis is wonderful. How much is it?
Shop assistantThat one’s 110 pounds.
AshlieIt is beautiful but… I’m not sure.
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StephenOh my gosh! Ashley!? What happened to you?
AshlieOh, hiya Stephen. Well, I decided to change my image. What do you think?
StephenWell, don’t let Mum see you like that - it's her birthday party tonight.
AshlieDon't worry, I'll change first. Are you ready for home?
StephenYes, let's get out of here. Everybody’s looking at you!

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Word on the street 01 - Snowdon


Word on the street 01 - Snowdon
Word on the street 01 - Snowdon

This is the 1st episode of Word on the street by BBC Learning English. Stephen and Ashlie arrive at the hotel in Snowdonia, but they don't have the same idea about how to relax!. On the second path, Ashlie surprises Stephen by beating him to the top of the mountain.


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PART I
StephenRight, I think we’ve got everything.
AshlieHere, let me help you with that.
StephenNo, it’s OK, I’ve got it.
AshlieWe’re here in the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales. We’re here for a short relaxing break. We’re going to put our feet up and have a complete rest for a couple of days. That’s right, isn’t it Stephen?
StephenSpeak for yourself, Ash. Snowdonia is a great place for outdoor activities. You can go climbing, cycling, walking... I can’t wait to get out onto the mountains and get some fresh air. Come on Ash. Let’s check in.
ReceptionistHi - Can I help you?
AshlieHi, yes. We have a reservation for two nights.
ReceptionistOK, what’s the name, please?
AshlieWalker.
ReceptionistWalker. Is that Stephen and Ashlie?
AshlieYes.
ReceptionistTwo rooms for two nights?
AshlieYes.
ReceptionistCan I just get you to fill this in, please?
AshlieSure.
StephenHey Ash, have you seen all these leaflets? There’s loads of stuff to do here. I’m going to hire a bike and ride to the top of the mountain. Do you want to come?
AshlieWhat, now? You’re joking, aren’t you?
StephenYeah – take these, can I have my room key, please? Thank you. I’m going to go get changed. I’ll meet you back here in twenty minutes.
AshlieOK.
.....
AshlieOK, so I think I'll have the manicure, the pedicure...
AssistantOK.
AshlieOh, and I’ll have that Indian head massage, too. And can you just tell me, what’s the hot stones massage?
AssistantWell, we use volcanic rock. You know, stones from a volcano; we heat them up and then we massage them over your body. It’s really relaxing.
AshlieYeah, that sounds nice. Maybe I’ll have that, too. Oh, and I see you do treatments for men?
AssistantYeah, we do a lot of treatments for men.
AshlieStephen doesn't know what he's missing.
.....
AshlieLook at you!
StephenIt’s great, isn’t it? I’m all set to go. What are you going to do while I’m racing to the top of the mountain?
AshlieWell, I thought I might try this… It looks really relaxing and much better than cycling to the top of some old mountain.
StephenYeah, it looks like hard work.
AshlieGo on you, get going. Have a good time – and call me later.
StephenBye.
AshlieBye.
.....
AshlieThis is just so relaxing.
.....
AshlieHello.
StephenHi, Ashlie.
AshlieHi, Stephen. How are you doing?
StephenI’m... exhausted. I can hardly speak.
AshlieMe too. This is lovely. I’m so relaxed.
StephenAh, this is really tough. I’ve got a long way to go but I'm going to make it to the top.
AshlieOK, then – well you just take it easy.
StephenYeah, alright.
AshlieOK, see you later.
StephenOK, bye!
AshlieSnowden Mountain Railway. I think he’ll see me sooner than he thinks!
PART II
AshlieHi. Can I have a return ticket, please?
Ticket SellerYes, of course you can.
AshlieBrilliant. How much is that?
Ticket SellerTwenty-five pounds, please.
AshlieGreat. Thank you. Twenty-five. And when is the next train?
Ticket SellerFour o’clock.
AshlieFour p.m. Thank you very much.
Ticket SellerThank you.
AshlieThis is the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Now, this train goes all the way from here, up to the top of the mountain. It’s a steam train so it is quite slow but I’m sure I’ll get to the top before Stephen. Now, I must take some photos.
Train DriverYeah – that looks good – nice one! OK then?
AshlieThank you. That’s lovely. Are you the train driver?
Train DriverYes, I drive these locomotives and I’ve done so for about 29 years now.
AshlieSo how long does it take to get to the top?
Train DriverJust under an hour.
AshlieUnder an hour? It must be pretty high then. How high is it?
Train DriverIt's about 1000 metres and it is the highest mountain in England and Wales. And it gets very cold there as well, so if I were you, I’d wear something a little warmer!
AshlieDon’t worry, I've got a big coat.
Train ManThat’s good.
AshlieThank you.
Train ManYou’re welcome, bye.
AshlieWhat an amazing train!
.....
StephenAshlie! What are you doing here? How did you get here?
AshlieOh, hiya Stephen. What an amazing place. You know, it’s a shame about the view though.
StephenWhat an amazing place? How did you get here?
AshlieWell, I got the train, of course. You know, it’s much easier than cycling.
StephenYou got the train!? You mean to say while I’ve been riding up the mountain all afternoon, you….
AshlieOh, and I also got a spa treatment. Look, aren’t they lovely?
StephenYou’re unbelievable!
AshlieYou look exhausted, Stephen. Come on, shall we go and get a coffee or a sandwich or something?
StephenA sandwich? You’re on the top of a mountain! It isn’t some kind of High Street, you know.
AshlieFollow me.
.....
StephenJust what we needed; a café at the top of the mountain.
AshlieOK, what are you having, Stephen?
StephenHmm. I’ll have a coffee and one of these, a cheese sandwich.
AshlieI think I’ll have the soup and I’ll have a hot chocolate.
WaiterHi there. Can I take your order, please?
AshlieYes please, I’ll have a soup and a hot chocolate and he’ll have a cheese sandwich and a coffee, please.
WaiterCan I get you anything else?
StephenYes, I was just wondering – it must be fun working here on the mountain. But how do you get to work everyday – you don’t cycle, do you?
WaiterNo, we don’t. There’s an early train, a special train for all the staff who need to come up every morning.
StephenAnd what happens when the weather gets really bad? Do you ever get stuck up here?
WaiterWe do, we do get stuck sometimes. If the weather turns really bad, there’s accommodation for the staff to stay overnight.
StephenSounds cosy!
WaiterVery cosy indeed. I’ll just get your order for you now.
AshlieGreat, thank you very much. See, you should have got the train.
.....
StephenRight. Time to make a move. It should be easier going downhill.
AshlieIt’s easy for me. I’m going to catch the last train home. In fact, I wonder what time the last train is…
StephenAshlie, is it a small red and green train? Like that one?
AshlieOh, no! Wait! Ah, Stephen I’ve missed the last train!
StephenCome on Ash, jump on. I'll give you a lift! You on?
AshlieNot too fast!

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Learn English with Taylor Swift Talk Show


Taylor Swift Talk Show
Taylor Swift Talk Show

If you are a fan of Talor Swift, maybe you will enjoy your real English learning with this video when she was in the talk show.

Hope you enjoy the show while learning your real English lesson.



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Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 6: Will It Float?


Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 6: Will It Float?
Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 6: Will It Float?

This is the 6th episode of Let's Learn English Level 2, Will It Float, in Learn Real English. Anna takes Penelope around the city on a tour vehicle. Is it a bus? Is it a boat? Yes! The Duck Bus/Boat. It goes on land. It goes on water. 


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PenelopeAnna, thanks for taking me on a tour of D.C. today.
AnnaSure thing, Penelope. You are new to town. And a tour is the best way to see more of the city!
PenelopeSo, which tour are we taking – the one that goes through the city on a bus? Or the one that goes along the river in a boat?
AnnaBoth!
PenelopeWhat? Anna, this isn’t going to be one of those trips, is it?
AnnaNo. Follow me.
Professor BotIn this lesson, you are going to hear lots of prepositions! What’s a preposition, you ask? It’s a word that shows relationships between things. Anna says they are going on a tour through the city and along the river. Through and along are both prepositions. Watch for more!
AnnaWell, Penelope, there’s our ride!
PenelopeWhat is it?
AnnaIt’s the famous DC Ducks -- the boat with wheels! We will ride on the road and then sail on the water!
PenelopeWho thinks of these things?
AnnaI don't know. But I’m glad they do! Let’s get aboard, Sailor!
Penelope(looking at a brochure about the boat) Hey, did you know that this bus … um, boat was created during World War II to carry people and supplies?
AnnaWow. You know, a tour is so much more interesting with Fun Facts, like that one.
PenelopeI agree. I love Fun Facts!
BoyDid I hear you say you love Fun Facts?
Anna & PenelopeYeah.
BoyWell, I have tons of Fun Facts for this tour!
Anna & PenelopeGreat!
AnnaPenelope, where are his parents?
PenelopeMaybe - maybe he’s the Captain’s son and he helps his dad on tours!
AnnaOh yeah! It would be so awesome to ride around the city in a boat all day with your dad!
PenelopeThis is amazing, Anna. There are so many beautiful buildings along this road!
AnnaHey, the Washington Monument is on the left!
Professor BotI have a Fun Fact too! Did you know that the Washington Monument was damaged in an earthquake? Whoa. Did you feel that?!
I heard"around the city in a boat," "along this road and "on the left." All of these are prepositions showing place. Let's watch for more places and prepositions!
PenelopeLook, Anna, we’re across from the White House!
AnnaPenelope, the only thing between us and the President is the street … and a park … and a security gate .... and police officers … with guns.
BoyExcuse me, do you want to know a Fun Fact about the White House?
Anna & PenelopeYes!
BoyInside the White House there is a swimming pool, a movie theater and 32 bathrooms!
PenelopeThirty-two bathrooms! That’s a lot of bathrooms!
BoyI’d be happy with two. I live in a house with my mom, four sisters, two aunts and only one bathroom!
PenelopeOh my! You know, Anna, we should give him a tip!
AnnaOf course! It is polite to tip your tour guide! Luckily, I have lots of dollar bills!
PenelopeThat was a great Fun Fact! Here you go!
BoyThank you! I can tell you Fun Facts all day!
Professor BotDid you hear any more prepositions of place? I heard "between us and the president" “inside the White House" and "in a house."
And did you hear that the Duck Boat can go on the river? I don't believe it. Join us next time to find out which preposition we will use. The boat went ON the river or The boat went INTO the river?

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Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 5: The Greatest Vacation of All Time


Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 5: The Greatest Vacation of All Time
Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 5: The Greatest Vacation of All Time

This is the 5th episode of Let's Learn English Level 2, The Greatest Vacation of All Time, in Learn Real English. Anna goes to a travel agent to find the Best Vacation Ever! But does she? Travel agent Ace wants to sell her the Most Expensive Vacation Ever. But does he? 

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Anna“Do you need a vacation?” Wow. That was the best vacation I have ever had … in my head. A beach is much better than here. I need a vacation!
Professor BotI hear you, Anna. I need a vacation too but not at the beach. Sand is not good for robots! When we compare things, we use special forms of adjectives. "Better" is a comparative adjective. That is used to compare two things. "Best" is a superlative adjective. It shows that one thing has more of ...something than ALL of the others. Try to find more of these adjectives. Look for ER or EST at the end.
AceNO! You can’t get your money back. I don’t care that it was your worst vacation ever!
AceHello! Have a seat! Welcome to the World’s Best Vacation Travel Agency!
AnnaThank you and congratulations!
AceFor what?
AnnaFor being the world’s best travel agency.
AceRight … thanks.
AceTrudy, hold my calls. I am going to sell our most expensive vacation.
TrudySure thing, Boss.
AceThe Mountain Getaway is good for you. It’s a little pricey. But think of it -- you, on top of a mountain for seven days!
AnnaI’m afraid of high places.
AceOf course you are. That’s why our Deep Sea Adventure is better for you! It is pricier than the Mountain Getaway. Just you and the animals of the sea!
AnnaShark! Shark!
AceNo, there are no sharks in your dream vacation! You need the Safari Camp Out! It is our priciest vacation. But I think it’s the best one for you. During the day, you’ll see elephants, giraffes and lions. At night, you’ll sleep out under the stars.
AnnaLook, I think this was a bad idea.
AceSure, you can leave. But then you won’t see the latest vacation technology.
Professor BotDid you find all of those adjectives? Ace started with good - The mountain getaway; then he moved to better - The Deep Sea Adventure. And finally, he said the Safari Campout was the best vacation for Anna!
AnnaExactly what is the “latest vacation technology” … exactly?
AceI’m happy you asked. Meet the Travel Max 2000!
AnnaWow.
AceSo, tell me, how do you like to travel?
AnnaWell, I like travel that is cozy and romantic but still exciting.
AceGreat. Tell me more.
AnnaI like traveling in a plane but not in a helicopter! Planes are a little scary but helicopters are scarier! My favorite way of traveling is by train. Ships can be the scariest! Have you seen the movie “Titanic”? Oh, and no horses. But I will ride a camel. And no bike tours. Biking is THE slowest AND least romantic way to travel. Excuse me, but I think the Travel Max 2000 is on fire.
AceYes, we’re both on fire! We really want to sell you the most ex-, I mean, best vacation ever!
AnnaNo, I mean it’s really on fire!
AceYou killed it. You killed the Travel Max 2000!
AnnaI am so sorry! Can I help you fix it?
AceNo, no!
AnnaDon’t cry. I know what you need -- a vacation!
AnnaThe Safari Campout looks fun. It is the priciest. But I think you deserve it.
AceNo, no!
Professor BotOh Anna. This is the smokiest lesson yet! There were a lot of comparatives and superlatives but … I can’t breathe. Just go to the website to learn the best ways to use them!

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74 Topics - Daily Life English conversations


74 Topics - Daily Life English conversations for Self-Study
74 Topics - Daily Life English conversations

This is a 74 topics of daily life real English conversations. Learn 74 of different 
English situations in daily life that you will find helpful such as the conversation you can use in you greeting and saying goodbye, to make telephone call, to use in the Post Office/Bank, to take the Bus/Subway and others more. And all of these lesson are grouped in 4 chapters, City Life, Cars and Houses Family Life and Social Communication.


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Chapter 1 - City Life
1. Making telephone call
2. In the Post Office
3. In the Bank
4. Taking the Bus
5. Taking the Subway
6. Taxi Service
7. Calling for the Lost
8. Identifying Lost Items
9. In the Library
10. In the Hospital
11. In the Drugstore
12. Calling for an Ambulance
13. Visiting a Patient
14. On the Commencement
15. Birthday Party
16. At the Wedding Ceremony
17. In the Beauty Salon
18. At the Barber Shop
19. In the Gym

Chapter 2 - Cars and Houses
20. Buying a House
21. Renting an Apartment
22. Buying a Car
23. In the Car-Rental Shop
24. Filling the Gas
25. Parking Fee
26. At the Car Beauty Shop
27. Finding for Overspeed
28. Traffic Accident
29. Repairing Cars

Chapter 3 - Family Life
30. Leaving and Returning
31. Dinner Time
32. Doing the Cleaning
33. Watching TV
34. Tutoring the Child
35. Time for Bed
36. Domestic Expenses
37. Family Pet
38. Weekend Plan
39. Receiving Guests
40. Decorating the Room
41. Setting down in a new place

Chapter 4 - Social Communication
42. Greeting and Saying Goodbye
43. Introducing to Each Other
44. Inviting Others
45. Arranging an Appointment
46. Apology and Responses
47. Thankfulness and Responses
48. Congratulating Others
49. Holiday Wishes
50. Asking for Help
51. Agreement and Disagreement
52. Suggestions and Opinions
53. Ordering Take-away
54. Reserving a Table
55. Ordering Dishes
56. Ordering Drinks
57. Serving the Dishes
58. Service at the table
59. Giving Assessment
60. Arranging a Banquet
61. At the Cafe
62. At the Breakfast Shop
63. At the Fast-Food Shop
64. Paying the Bill
65. In the Supermarket
66. In the Flea Market
67. In the Jewelry Store
68. In the Make-up Store
69. In the Clothes Store
70. In the Shoes and Caps Store
71. In the Articraft Store
72. Color Preference
73. Sizes and Inches
74. Bargaining

Best Self-Defense Video You Will Ever See


Best Self-Defense Video You Will Ever See
Best Self-Defense Video You Will Ever See

A video that discusses de-escalation like verbal judo, and is an example of what the greatest warriors have said: "The greatest battle is one you avoid". Let see this video how to wisely avoid the battle.




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Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 4: Run Away With the Circus!


Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 4: Run Away With the Circus!
Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 4: Run Away With the Circus!

This is the 4th episode of Let's Learn English Level 2,  Run Away With the Circus!, in Learn Real English. Anna and Pete start their new show. They do not agree about the circus. Are the performers artists or athletes? Do they perform or compete? Find out in the first "He Said - She Said" show. 


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AnnaHello, I’m Anna …
Pete… and I’m Pete. Welcome to “He Said,
Anna… She Said”!
PeteBecause there are always two sides …
Annato every story!
AnnaToday’s show is about Circus Arts!
PeteCircus? That’s not an art form.
AnnaYes, it is.
PeteNo, it isn't.
AnnaYes, it is.
PeteNo, it isn't.
AnnaYes, it is!
PeteNo, it isn't.
AnnaYes, it is!
PeteNo, it isn't.
AnnaYes, it is!
Professor Bot Oh dear. Anna and Pete do not agree about Circus Arts. But that's okay. Today’s lesson is about agreeing and disagreeing. Let’s listen to how Anna and Pete disagree or agree. Let’s hope these two can agree on something.
AnnaToday, let’s run away with the circus!
Recently, I went to a circus festival. There was a huge circus tent. And many different circus performers. It was a celebration of circus arts!
PeteThat looks fun, Anna. But I don’t think circus performers are artists. I think they’re athletes with interesting skills … and costumes.
AnnaHmm, that is a very interesting point of view, Pete. And I completely disagree.
PeteAnna, Michelangelo was an artist. Rembrandt was an artist. People who swing from ropes are not artists. I know it’s not easy to swing from a bar and catch someone by the hands. You have to be very athletic to do that.
AnnaThat’s a good point, Pete. They are athletic. But they are called trapeze artists. Trapeze … ARTISTS.
PeteI hear what you’re saying, Anna. I do. But where is the art? Look at these guys. They’re jugglers.
AnnaYes, they are skilled in the art of juggling.
PeteThey have a special skill. But are they artists?
AnnaYes!
PeteNo!
PeteThey're just throwing things back and forth.
AnnaKind of like you and me, Pete. We’re going back and forth on this issue.
PeteI don’t think we’ll ever agree on this one.
AnnaNo, but we can agree that these young people are amazing.
PeteOkay, yeah. We can agree on that. But, still, they are very athletic – flipping and throwing each other around.
AnnaYes, I agree with you on that point.
Professor BotThey did it! They agreed!! Anna says she agrees that the performers are athletic. "That’s a good point, Pete. They are athletic. I agree with you on that point. " Now look for other ways they agree.
PeteAnna? Anna!!
AnnaSorry! Sorry! But he’s an artist too. He is telling a story with his sticks and his costume.
PeteWhat story? What costume?
AnnaI see your point, Pete. I really do. But circus performers do more than physical tricks. Look! Look at these amazing performers!
PeteI will admit -- I like their costumes.
AnnaYou know, Pete. Let’s let the performers speak for themselves.
AnnaKate and Piper tell stories while hanging upside down on a ring!
PeteWas it hard to interview them upside down?
AnnaI interviewed them right side up, Pete. Kate says circus performing may be athletic but it’s not competitive. With most sports, you compete.
KateIt’s an art form because like, other sports are competing. This is simply performing and having fun.
PeteOkay, Kate made a really good point. In athletics, there is a lot of competition. But still …
AnnaHere’s Piper, Pete. Please pay attention, Pete.
PeteBut, I -
AnnaShh.
PiperWell, when you’re up in the air doing circus you have to perform. And so, we learn to embody characters, and to move fluidly and gracefully … in artistic ways.
AnnaAnd that …is why they are artists!
PeteYou’re right, Anna. Oh, you’re right. It’s just so beautiful.
AnnaI know. I know, Pete.
Professor BotGood job you two! I'm so glad that Anna and Pete finally agree! Pete said, " You’re right, Anna." I agree, too. Circus arts are beautiful. Remember the website!

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Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 3: He Said - She Said


Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 3: He Said - She Said
Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 3: He Said - She Said

This is the 3rd episode of Let's Learn English Level 2 with Learn Real English. When Pete and Anna meet with Director Kelly, they arrive late. Both tell very different stories about their morning. A show begins.

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AnnaToday, Pete and I are meeting with a consultant who will help us with our new show. Yesterday, Pete had promised to meet me here at 8:00 am. but he did not come on time.
Prof BotUh-oh. It’s bad to be late for a business meeting. But while we wait for Pete, let’s talk about a new verb tense -- past perfect! You know the past tense, right? Like, "Pete promised to meet me here at 8:00 a.m." Past perfect is a little different. When we talk about two things in the past, we can use the past perfect for the first event. Put "had" before the past participle. "Pete had promised he would meet Anna." Here's your assignment: find sentences with the past perfect tense. Remember, look for "had!"
KellyYou two are late -- exactly 43 minutes late! What happened?
AnnaHe had to get his "special" coffee -- SPECIAL coffee!
PeteShe had to feed her birds -- HER birds!
KellyOkay, I can see already that you need my help. You can’t both talk at the same time. You have to take turns. Alright, Anna, you go first.
AnnaSure. Kelly, see, Pete and I live in the same building. So, we decided to meet at 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. to come to work together. I had waited 15 minutes when Pete arrived!
AnnaAfter Pete had wasted time waiting for coffee, we were late. I left you a message.*
KellyHum. I didn’t get that message.
AnnaOh. Sorry.
KellyPete?
Prof. BotAnna left a message. That’s the right thing to do. Did you find some examples of the past perfect sentences? I did. Anna said,
Anna"After Pete had wasted time waiting for coffee, we were late.
Look at that coffee! It looks more like dessert! Okay, keep watching for past perfect!
PeteYeah, that’s not why we’re late. This is why we’re late: I had arrived on time at 8:00 a.m. but didn’t see Anna. She was standing behind a tree. I think she was hugging it. I always walk to work. But she said that would take too long and that a scooter would be much faster. It was awful. I hated it. And it added too much time to our commute!
Then Anna stopped by a pond to feed the birds. She had named them after characters from books and yelled the names out loud … Romeo! Juliet! Sherlock!
By the time she had fed all the birds, we were late.
KellyThis is what I think. You two see the same event very differently. Does this happen often with you two?
PeteYes.
AnnaNo.
PeteNo.
AnnaYes.
KellyOkay. This is good. This is good! It’s good to see things differently. I have an idea: we will call the show "He Said, She Said." For every story, you tell a different point of view.
AnnaThat is a great idea, Kelly! Pete, we are different. That’s why I thought of you for this job!
KellyI think you two understand perfectly.
AnnaLet’s get to work!
KellyShe named the birds? Really?
PeteYeah…
* Business people in the U.S. think you should come to a meeting at the exact time. If you are late to a business appointment, you should call and explain why.

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Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 2: The Interview


Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 2: The Interview
Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 2: The Interview

This is the 1st episode of Let's Learn English Level 2 with Learn Real English. Ms. Weaver asks Anna to team up with a person who is different from her. Who will she find? 


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AnnaMs. Weaver is giving new assignments out. I am ready to take on anything she gives me. Well, except reporting traffic from a helicopter. Wish me luck.
Professor BotI wonder what Anna’s new assignment will be? Professor Bot here! While you are watching, look for phrasal, or two-word verbs. Some stay together, like “go back” and some can come apart, like “give [assignments] out.” Good luck, Anna!
Ms. WeaverSo, as I said at the meeting last week, I have new assignments for everyone at The Studio. Anna, you're good at asking questions. So, I want you to go back to hosting and reporting.
AnnaThat sounds great.
Ms. WeaverYou're also a team player. So, I want you team up with someone ...
AnnaThat sounds even better!
Ms. Weaver... someone who is very "different" from you.
AnnaThat sounds ... what do you mean "different"?
Ms. WeaverWell, you are very cheerful, you're a people person. I want you to team up with someone who ... isn't.
AnnaMs. Weaver, I will find that person.
MimiExcuse me. Are you using this chair?
PeteYes.
AnnaPete, hi! Thanks for meeting me.
PeteSure. But I don’t have lots of time, Anna. I’m busy looking for work.
AnnaPete, you can tear these want ads up and throw them away! I have good news!
PeteAnna, I was working on that crossword puzzle.
AnnaOh. Sorry. Sorry. Pete, forget about the crossword puzzle. I have a job offer for you!
PeteI'm listening.
AnnaMy boss wants me to team up with someone to host a talk show. But the person must be different from me. So, I thought of you.
PeteDifferent from you? What do you mean?
AnnaI'm sorry, Pete, I don't have time right now. Here's my boss's address. Your interview is tomorrow morning at 10 am.
PeteBut what do you mean “different”?
AnnaJust be yourself, Pete. Just be yourself.
Professor BotDid you find any two-word verbs? Here’s one example. Pete can throw the wants ads away! Throw away is a two-word verb.
Ms. WeaverThanks for coming in, Pete.
PeteThanks for the opportunity, Ms. Weaver.
Ms. WeaverI need to find out if you have the skills for this job. And I want you to be completely honest.
PeteOkay.
Ms. WeaverFirst, let's talk about your personal skills. Pete, are you a people person?
PeteWell, okay, sometimes I think people talk too much.
Ms. WeaverPete, what work of yours are you most proud of?
PeteLast year, I locked myself in a cabin and wrote a book. I didn't speak to anybody the entire time! It was the best two months of my life.
Ms. WeaverOkay. I think I’ve heard enough.
AnnaHey! Hey, Pete, how was the interview with Ms. Weaver?
PeteWell, she said I was grumpy and not good with people.
AnnaAnd … ?
PeteAnd, I got the job!
AnnaI knew it! Congratulations! Let's go celebrate.
PeteOkay!
Professor BotDid you find more two-word verbs? Here is the list.

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Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 1: Budget Cuts


Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 1: Budget Cuts
Let's Learn English 2- Lesson 1: Budget Cuts

This is the 1st episode of Let's Learn English Level 2 with Learn Real English. We meet Anna's co-workers at The Studio: Anna, Jonathan, Amelia, Kaveh, and Penelope. Rumors of budget cuts travel through the office. But who is going to get fired? 


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AnnaHum. Oh! “Important meeting. Everyone must come.” Well, back to work! And my boss has called a meeting. I wonder what it's about. Maybe we're all getting raises! Ooo, there's Jonathan! Maybe he knows.
Professor BotHi! I'm Professor Bot! This video is all about work. People talk about jobs and things that happen at work. Your assignment is to find as many work words as you can. Don't worry, I'll help.
AnnaSo, Jonathan, what do you think today's meeting is about? The email sounded important.
JonathanWell, I have heard people in the building talking about budget cuts.
AnnaOh! Budget cuts? Wait, who has been talking about budget cuts?
JonathanMark in Accounting.
AnnaMark in Accounting? That's one person. That's not “people.”
JonathanI know, but Mark knows everything that goes on at The Studio.
AnnaThat is true. But wait, look at us. We shouldn't gossip. That's how rumors start. We'll just go to the meeting and see what happens.
JonathanYou're right. No more talk about budget cuts.
AmeliaBudget cuts? Oh no!
AmeliaI just heard Anna and Jonathan talking about budget cuts.
KavehThat must be what the meeting is about. When there are budget cuts, people lose their jobs.
AmeliaNot you. You're a good reporter.
KavehAnd it's not you. You've done a great job as a videographer.
AmeliaI can't go back to being a detective. Criminals scare me!
KavehAnd I can't go back to being a teacher! High school kids scare me!
Professor BotDid you hear any work words? They talked about a lot of jobs. You can make the name of a job by adding an ending to a verb! Kaveh reports, so, he's a reporter. Amelia used to detect, so she was a detective. If you teach, you're a teacher. And a videographer….uh, I think you understand. Back to the story.
KavehPenelope, have you heard the news? Today's meeting is about budget cuts.
PenelopeThat's awful! What should I do?
KavehUpdate your résumé. I’ve already updated mine. I’ll see you at the meeting.
Ms. WeaverHello everyone! Quiet, please. Quiet, please!
Ms. WeaverThis meeting won’t take long. Then you can all leave.
Ms. WeaverWhat is wrong with everyone? You look like I'm going to fire you. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Seriously, what is wrong with everyone?
AnnaExcuse me, Ms. Weaver?
Ms. WeaverYes, Anna.
AnnaWell, everyone has been worrying about, you know … We’ve been worrying that you are going to fire us!
Ms. WeaverI’m not going to fire any of you! No! The reason for this meeting is to tell you what a good job you’ve been doing and give out new assignments. Budget cuts have been happening. But only one person has lost their job -- Mark in Accounting? Now, let’s talk about those new assignments.
Professor BotMs. Weaver's team is doing a good job! How did you do? Did you find all of the work words? Here's a list you can check.

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Let's Learn English - Lesson 52: Taking Chances


Let's Learn English - Lesson 52: Taking Chances
Let's Learn English - Lesson 52: Taking Chances

This is the 52nd episode of Let's Learn English with Learn Real English. Anna is on a talk show to tell us about her new career move - acting as a tree in the movies. She looks back at the chances she took in the past year and plans for the future. Will she stay in Hollywood or come back to live in Washington, D.C.? 


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AnnaHello, it's Anna! I did it - Washington, D.C. is my home. Looking back over the past year, I’ve done so many amazing things! I have met people from all over the world. I’ve made many good friends. And I have a great job! And I've taken a lot of chances. And now I have some really big news! Wait for it… and 3, 2, 1…
KellyHello and welcome to “Around the Corner and Across the Street from the Actor’s Studio!” Many people dream of becoming actors. But very often, those dreams don’t come true.
KellyWell, today we will meet a woman and -- her acting career has really taken off. In fact, she acted in my play, “The Woods Are Alive!” Oh. She really brought the part of Tree Number 15 to life! Let’s give a warm welcome to Anna Matteo!
AnnaThank you. Thank you so much for having me here.
KellyPlease, please, sit down. Here, here, let me help you.
AnnaThanks. Thanks. Wow, it is great to see you again, Director Kelly!
KellyIt’s great to see you too, Anna. I see you are still wearing your tree costume. Does this have anything to do with your big news?
AnnaYes. Yes, it does.
KellyWell, Anna, please share that news with us.
AnnaKelly, I will be acting in three movies.
KellyThat is amazing! Anna, tell us more.
AnnaWell, the first is a science fiction movie. The second is a romantic comedy. And the third is an action movie.
KellyThat is so great! Let me guess -- you’re playing a tree in all of them!
AnnaYes! This is what happened. To prepare for your play, I had to find out what it was like to BE a tree in the world. I had to find out where to eat, where to shop, where to meet people and how to get around the city.
KellyAmazing. I think big things are going to happen for you, Anna. So, tell me, will you be moving to Hollywood for a career in movies?
AnnaNo. I’ll make the movies and then come back. Washington, D.C. is my home.
KellyI’m sure your family is very proud.
AnnaYes, they are. You know, Kelly, not too long ago, I didn’t feel very good about my life. I had to make a change. So, I took some chances. Sometimes I succeeded. Sometimes I failed. But I will never stop trying.
KellyWell, thank you for sharing your news and so much more with us, Anna.
KellyUntil next time …

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Let's Learn English - Lesson 51: A Good Habit


Let's Learn English - Lesson 51: A Good Habit
Let's Learn English - Lesson 51: A Good Habit

This is the 51st episode of Let's Learn English with Learn Real English. Anna has a new goal - to run in a marathon. Her friend Ashley knows that training a little every day is a good idea. Will Anna be able to meet her goal?

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AnnaD.C. is a popular city for marathons! A marathon is a long race. Many marathons raise money for charity, you know - good works. A marathon is a good fitness goal too. I want to challenge myself in a marathon and maybe win a medal! Hey, there’s Ashley. Ashley! Wait for me! It’s Anna!
AnnaAsh … ley. Ash … ley.
AshleyAre you okay, Anna?
AnnaI just ran … from over there.
AshleyDo you want to sit down, Anna? Do you want some water? (Anna takes the bottle and tries to return it.) No thanks. You keep it.
AnnaThanks. I didn’t know you like to run.
AshleyI love running. In fact, this weekend, I will run in my first marathon.
AnnaMe … too.
AshleyReally? You are running in a marathon?
AnnaYeah. In a couple of days. Why do you ask … like that?
AshleyWhat do you know about running in a marathon?
AnnaI know that there’s a lot of running and sometimes you can win a medal.
AshleyHow long have you been training?
AnnaI started today. I’ve been training for an hour … no, an hour and seven minutes!
AshleyAnna, training a little every day is a good habit to get into. Not all at once!
AnnaThanks for the advice, Ashley. But I’m running in a special race.
AshleyWhat marathon is it?
AnnaI don’t remember the name. But the website said everyone gets a medal.
AshleyOkay, well, good luck, Anna!
AnnaThanks, Ashley. Good luck to you, too.
AshleyThank you.
AnnaBye!
AshleyBye, Anna!
AnnaSee you!
At the race - an announcer calls out race information)
AnnaHello. I am here to enter the race!
WomanBut ma’am you can’t enter the race.
AnnaWhat? How am I going to meet my goal?
WomanMa’am, this race is for children. You can’t run with the children.
AnnaChildren? Children. That’s perfect. I just might win!
WomanNo, ma’am. You really can’t run with the children.
AnnaI’m sorry. Of course. I was only thinking of my goal.
WomanWell, you can help us with our goal, which is to raise money for sick children. Would you like to help us?
AnnaI’ve just found my new goal. And I get to wear a medal. (to child who finished race) Good job!

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Let's Learn English - Lesson 50: Back to School


Let's Learn English - Lesson 50: Back to School
Let's Learn English - Lesson 50: Back to School

This is the 50th episode of Let's Learn English with Learn Real English. Anna has been wanting to go back to school for a long time. In this lesson, we go to class with her at Georgetown University, where she is getting ready to give a report in her class. Did she understand the directions?

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AnnaHello, and welcome to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.! I am going back to school! Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. The Jesuits are a religious order known worldwide for their many colleges and universities. Students have been studying here since 1792!
SarahHey, are you finished with your report?
TaylorAlmost. I have been writing and re-writing since last night! The subject is really interesting to me.
SarahMe too! I have been studying this topic* for a long time.
AnnaAm I late?
SarahYou’re a little late. But don’t worry. The professor isn’t here yet.
AnnaHow long has the class been waiting?
TaylorWe’ve only been waiting for about 10 minutes.
AnnaOh good. Oh, no! I forgot my pencil sharpener. Excuse me, do you have a pencil sharpener I can borrow?
TaylorNo, sorry.
AnnaOh wait. I found my extra one! Whew, that was close.
AnnaSo, how long have you been studying at Georgetown?
AndrewI’ve been studying here since 2015.
AnnaAwesome. You know, I've been wanting to go back to school for a long time. So, here I am!
AndrewWell, you picked a great school. I’ve been really happy here.
AnnaAwesome. See, I’ve been working for several years now. So, going back to school makes me a little nervous.
RandallDon’t be nervous. Just pay attention and do your best!
AnnaThat is great advice. You know, I have been paying attention. But sometimes I still feel like I don’t understand. Like last week …
AnnaWhat’s that?
JadaThis is my draft.
AnnaWhat draft?
JadaThe professor told us to bring our drafts.
AnnaI think she said “giraffe.”
JadaNo. She didn’t.
AnnaHere comes the professor.
Dr. JonesHello class! Sorry I'm late, but the snow storm made getting here really difficult. I see you’ve been waiting very patiently. So, let’s get started! Who wants to give their talk first?
AnnaOh! Oh! Please, please pick me.
Dr. JonesAnna?
AnnaWho me? Sure. Thanks.
AnnaHere is my report on “Violins in the City.”
AnnaPeople have been looking for a solution to the problem of violins in the city. I say stop! Stop! They are not the problem! In fact, violins are part of the solution!
AnnaViolins create beautiful music that can fill a city with hope.
Dr. JonesAnna …
AnnaIf we put a violin in the hands of every child …
Dr. JonesAnna! The topic is “Violence in the city.” Violence. Not violins.
AnnaUntil next time …Like I was saying, many people are saying that violence in the city is a problem. A very big problem.

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Let's Learn English - Lesson 49: Operation Spy


Let's Learn English - Lesson 49: Operation Spy
Let's Learn English - Lesson 49: Operation Spy

This is the 49th episode of Let's Learn English with Learn Real English. Ms. Weaver has asked Anna to help with Operation Spy. Her mission is to learn all she can about spying. She learns by going to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.


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AnnaIt is no secret that Washington, D.C. has spies. Well, it should be a secret because spying is secret. But it’s not a secret. There’s even a spy museum! The International Spy Museum has created an amazing collection of spy things! And today, we will see them! My boss, Ms. Weaver, has sent me here … on a mission!
Ms. WeaverHello, Anna, are you there?
AnnaThat’s her. Yes, Agent Peacock. This is Agent Flamingo, reporting for duty.
Ms. WeaverAgent what? Look, Anna … I mean, Agent Flamingo, I want you to learn all you can about spying.
AnnaYou mean, collect intelligence?
Ms. WeaverYeah, it’s for our new show -- “D.C. Secrets.”
AnnaYou've got it, Agent Peacock. The mission is safe with me.
Ms. WeaverOh, okay, great. Just be back by noon.
AnnaAgent Peacock, I’m at an air duct!
Ms. WeaverYes, spies sometimes sneak down air ducts.
AnnaI have never snuck down an air duct. It’s dark and small. I’m afraid of dark, small places.
Ms. WeaverYou can do it, Agent Flamingo. You know, spies aren’t afraid of a little darkness.
AnnaRight. It’s just an air duct -- a dark, small air duct. Okay. I’m doing it, Agent Peacock! I am sneaking down a long, dark, small air duct. I’m having a little trouble breathing.
Ms. WeaverJust keep going, Agent Flamingo. Think of the team!
AnnaOkay, I will think of the team. I’m thinking of the team, Agent Peacock! I did it! I did it! I sneaked down an air duct. That was a little uncomfortable.
Ms. WeaverGood!
AnnaWhat's the next mission?
Ms. WeaverUmm … have you ever cracked a code?
AnnaNo.
Ms. WeaverWell, go learn. Spies use their brains.
AnnaGot it! I’ve never cracked a code before. Let’s try, Agent Flamingo! This is really hard. I'm still trying to crack the code. I've cracked the code! I've cracked the code, Agent Peacock! My brain really hurts.
Ms. WeaverGreat. Umm, Agent Flamingo, now answer this question: Do spies have to be in good shape?
Anna“Yes,” Agent Peacock! Spies have to be in really good shape! Can you hear me?
Ms. WeaverYou’re breaking up, Flamingo.
AnnaThe International Spy Museum is awesome! Agent Peacock, I completed the mission!
Ms. WeaverGreat. Great. Now, I have another very important mission for you.
AnnaGot it. See you back at H.Q.!
Ms. WeaverYummy! You brought my lunch! Thanks, Agent Flamingo!
AnnaMission completed. Agent Peacock!
(Amelia makes a face.)
Ms. WeaverDon't ask.
Special thanks go out to the International Spy Museum for letting us film in the museum!

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Let's Learn English - Lesson 48: Have You Ever...?


Let's Learn English - Lesson 48: Have You Ever...?
Let's Learn English - Lesson 48: Have You Ever...?

This is the 48th episode of Let's Learn English. Anna helps a tourist find interesting museums in Washington, D.C. She gets some help herself, too.

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AnnaHello! I have lived in Washington, D.C. for a long time now. And I have done a lot. I feel that I know this city pretty well. (walks off and comes back) That's the wrong way. Where is it again?
Anna(sees a tourist at a sign) Excuse me, can I help you? Have we met before?
JeanI don’t think so. I’ve just flown in from Boston. My name is Jean.
AnnaHi, Jean! I'm Anna. I really feel like we’ve met before. Anyway, how can I help?
JeanI want to see an interesting museum but I don’t know which one.
AnnaI can help with that. I’ve lived in Washington, D.C. a long time. I think I’ve seen all the museums.
JeanWow, thanks. So, tell me, which museums are good?
AnnaWell, they are all good. But they’re all different. There are science museums and history museums and art and culture museums.
JeanI want to see an unusual museum.
AnnaI like the Sculpture Garden. Have you ever seen sculptures in a garden? It is really artistic!
JeanI have never seen a garden of sculptures! I’ll write that on my list!
AnnaHave you been to the Museum of the American Indian? I’ve visited that museum many times. It is very peaceful.
JeanI have always liked American Indian culture.
JeanI’ll put that on my list. (writes on list) Do you have any other suggestions?
AnnaWell, if you like plants, you can visit the U.S. Botanic Gardens. It's very organic.
JeanI have always loved plants. I’ll write that on my list, too! Wow, you know so much about D.C.’s museums.
AnnaWell, I have lived here for over a year.
JeanYou’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful city filled with so many museums and a zoo!
AnnaWhat? D.C. has a zoo?
JeanYes, and it’s beautiful. You’ve lived here for so long and you haven’t been to the zoo?
AnnaI've never been to D.C.’s zoo. I've never been to any zoos!
JeanYou have never seen zoo animals?
AnnaI grew up on a farm, Jean. I've known farm animals my whole life.
JeanBut the zoo has lions (makes sound of lion roaring) and elephants (makes sound of elephant trumpeting) and zebras (makes no sound)! If you have never seen a real, live elephant, you must. They are so majestic.
AnnaI will. I will! (writes list) There. I’ve written my own must-see zoo animal list!
JeanHave fun at the zoo and thanks, Anna!
AnnaHave fun at the museums, Jean! And thank YOU!
AnnaThis has been awesome! And I have seen every animal on my list! Jean, the tourist, helped me see more of my city. But where have I seen her before?
Oh well. Until next time …

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Let's Learn English - Lesson 47: How Can I Help?


Let's Learn English - Lesson 47: How Can I Help?
Let's Learn English - Lesson 47: How Can I Help?

This is the 47th episode of Let's Learn English. Pete is fixing his car. Can Anna help him? She was fixing cars when she was a teenager.

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AnnaHi, Pete. What are you doing?
PeteOh! Hi, Anna. Right now, I am fixing my car.
AnnaHow’s it going?
PeteIt’s going … not so good.
AnnaHow can I help? I was planning to visit some friends. But if you need help, I can help. I like helping.
PeteAnna, I can fix it myself. But thanks.
AnnaPete, I think I found your problem. These are spark plugs. (holds them up)
AnnaThey start the engine.
PeteI know that, Anna. But there were too many spark plugs … in there. So I took out the extra ones.
AnnaThere are no extras, Pete. You need all of them. Pete, can you fix a car yourself?
PeteWell, Anna, last night I was watching the online video course, “You CAN Fix a Car Yourself!”
DanYes, you CAN fix your car yourself!
PeteAnd I watched the first 10 lessons. So, I think I know what I’m doing.
AnnaHow many lessons are there?
PeteFour hundred and fifty.
Anna450! That'll take too long! If I fix your car, I'll have it running in 10 to 15 minutes.
AnnaWhere’re your tools?
PeteI have this. (puts a useless tool in her hand). And this. (hands her another useless tool)
AnnaGreat. Um, I’ll get my tools. I’ll be back in a flash!
PeteBut, Anna, I don’t need your ...
(She goes and quickly comes back with tools.)
Pete… help.
AnnaPete, when I was a teenager, I was fixing cars -- myself. I learned from a master.
AnnaYou can trust me.
PeteOkay.
AnnaGreat! But we need teamwork. You sit in the car. When I say “go,” you start the engine.
AnnaOkay, go! ​
AnnaStop!
AnnaOkay, go! Huh.
PeteIt's not starting! It’s not starting!
AnnaWhat’s wrong?
PeteThis car is stupid … stupid, stupid!
AnnaPete, kicking the tires will not help.
PeteWell, you did not help, Anna. You did not help!!
AnnaPete, Pete! Pull yourself together, man. Give me the keys. I must feel the key in the ignition and turn it myself.
MasterUse the key, Anna. Turn the key, Anna. What are you forgetting, Anna?
AnnaPete. Pete.
PeteWhat?
AnnaYou are out of gas.
PeteI can’t be out of gas. (looks at gauge) I’m out of gas. Sorry, Anna. I’ll go get some.
AnnaPete. You relax. Clean your face. You can watch the rest of your online video course. It’ll be faster if I go … in a flash. Until next time …
Dan (in the online video course)“Lesson 11. Always make sure you have a full tank of gas!”

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