Word on the Street

Do you want to improve your grammar and learn about the UK and its culture?

In this section, watch our Word on the Street video series for intermediate (CEFR level B1) or upper intermediate (CEFR level B2) learners. Watch clips with Ashlie and Stephen as they explore the UK, then watch teacher Rob explain the language they use.

You will improve your listening comprehension and develop your grammar and vocabulary. Each video has a transcript and interactive exercises to help you understand and use the language.

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Every November people in Britain go out and celebrate Bonfire Night. What is it? Watch the video and find out all about it!
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It's one of Britain's favourite topics of conversation: the weather. Watch this video and see how a weather forecast is made.
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Camden Town is a great place to shop if you like clothes that are a bit unusual. You'll see some very strange clothes in this video and you'll also find out what a Cyber-Goth is!
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Jingle bells, jingle bells ... Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? Watch this video to see how a shop is getting ready for Christmas.
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Amandeep travels back in time to fight in the English Civil War! Watch history come to life in modern-day England.
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Do you like the excitement of extreme sports? If so, you might be an 'adrenaline junkie'. Find out more about white-water rafting and parkour in this video.
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What do you think of as typical British food? Roast beef? Fish and chips? Tea and cakes? Or maybe there's more to British food than that? Check out this video to find out about what people in the UK are eating these days.
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What do you know about the United Kingdom? Watch this clip to learn much more!
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How much do you know about Britain's history? Watch this video to see how Britain's industrial past is being used for a newer industry: tourism.
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What kind of homes will we live in in the future? What kind of technology will we have? Watch this video for a glimpse of the homes of tomorrow.
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Everyone loves ice cream. Or almost everyone, anyway! Join Joe as he finds out how ice cream is made and why we all love this favourite frozen treat.
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What's it like to be at one of Britain's many summer music festivals? Amandeep hangs around backstage with band British Sea Power, experiences festival life first-hand, and talks to festival goers about what it's like for them.
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There's a school in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, where more than twenty languages are spoken. That's a truly multicultural school!
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In some places in Northern Ireland you can see huge paintings on walls and houses. Watch this video and learn more about their interesting history.
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Have you heard of Oxford University? Students from all over the world come to study in the UK at Oxford and other universities. In this video you’ll meet some of them and see how they live.
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Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a paramedic? Join Wendy as she talks to some paramedics about the work they do.
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Where can you go on a rollercoaster, watch a puppet show or ride a donkey? Does playing virtual sports help you to play the game well in real life? Find out the answers to these questions by watching this video.
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What do you know about Sherlock Holmes? Join Wendy in London as she searches for clues about the famous detective.
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How has the social media revolution changed the way a popular series is made? Wendy meets Samuel Benta, writer, director and star of his own show, and there's not a television in sight.
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Would you like to start your own business when you're older? Joe meets young British entrepreneurs who are doing just that, and gets expert advice from Sir Richard Branson on how to make your business a success.
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Everyone knows Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge, but what else is there to the city of London? Learn about London's past, present and future in this video.
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Are you interested in cars? In this video Carmen visits the National Motor Museum and finds out about classic British cars.
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It's the largest theatrical district in the world. Watch this video about London's Theatreland and enjoy the show!
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What happens at a traditional Christian wedding in the UK? And what other types of wedding are there? Join Amandeep as she meets a young British couple on their wedding day.
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What happens to animals when they get injured? Watch this video about a rescue centre that takes care of all sorts of wild animals.
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Football is more popular than ever among British girls and women. Meet Kitty and her team as they prepare for a big match.
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What do you need to know to work in fashion? Wendy talks to people working on a fashion shoot.