Do you want to learn English in a fun and easy way? If so, you might be interested in watching BBC Extra English, a series of 30 episodes that follow the adventures of four young friends who share a flat in London. Each episode is about 15 minutes long and has subtitles in English to help you follow the dialogue. You can also learn new vocabulary, grammar and expressions from the characters and the narrator.
In this article, we will introduce you to the 11th episode of BBC Extra English, titled "Holiday Time". In this episode, Hector, Nick, Annie and Bridget decide to go on a holiday together, but they have different preferences and opinions on where to go and what to do. They also encounter some problems and surprises along the way. Will they have a good time or will they regret their choice?
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Summary of the episode
The episode begins with Hector, Nick, Annie and Bridget sitting in the living room, looking at brochures for holiday destinations. Hector wants to go to Spain, because he likes the sun, the sea and the sangria. Nick wants to go to Scotland, because he likes the mountains, the lakes and the whisky. Annie wants to go to Paris, because she likes the culture, the fashion and the romance. Bridget wants to go to Las Vegas, because she likes the casinos, the shows and the Elvis impersonators.
They argue about their choices and try to persuade each other to change their minds. They also make fun of each other's preferences and stereotypes. For example, Nick says that Hector only wants to go to Spain because he wants to meet Spanish girls, and Hector says that Nick only wants to go to Scotland because he wants to wear a kilt. Annie says that Bridget only wants to go to Las Vegas because she wants to gamble away her money, and Bridget says that Annie only wants to go to Paris because she wants to find a French boyfriend.
They decide to vote for their favorite destination, but they end up with a tie: two votes for Spain and two votes for Scotland. They agree to flip a coin to break the tie, but they cheat by using a double-sided coin that always lands on heads. They realize that they have been tricked by each other and laugh at their own silliness.
They finally decide to compromise and go somewhere that has something for everyone: Egypt. They book their tickets online and pack their bags. They are excited about their trip and look forward to seeing the pyramids, the sphinx and the Nile.
However, things do not go as planned when they arrive at the airport. They find out that their flight has been cancelled due to a sandstorm in Egypt. They are disappointed and frustrated, but they try to make the best of it by looking for another destination that is available at short notice.
They end up choosing Belgium, because it is close by and has cheap flights. They board the plane and hope that they will have a good time in Belgium.
What can you learn from this episode?
This episode can help you learn some useful words and phrases related to holidays, such as:
brochure: a small book or magazine that contains pictures and information about something (e.g., a holiday destination)
sangria: a Spanish drink made of red wine mixed with fruit juice, soda water and pieces of fruit
kilt: a type of skirt worn by men in Scotland, made of woolen cloth with a pattern of colored lines (called tartan)
Elvis impersonator: someone who dresses up and acts like Elvis Presley, a famous American singer who died in 1977
flip a coin: to toss a coin in the air and guess which side will land face up (usually used to make a random decision between two options)
sandstorm: a strong wind that carries sand with it (usually occurs in deserts)
cancel: to stop something from happening or being done (e.g., a flight, a reservation, an appointment)
You can also learn some grammar points from this episode, such as:
the present simple tense: used to talk about facts, habits, routines and general truths (e.g., Hector likes the sun, Nick likes the mountains, Annie likes the culture, Bridget likes the casinos)
the present continuous tense: used to talk about actions that are happening at the moment of speaking or around the present time (e.g., They are looking at brochures, They are arguing about their choices, They are packing their bags)
the future simple tense: used to talk about predictions, intentions, offers and promises about the future (e.g., They will have a good time, They will see the pyramids, They will board the plane)
the past simple tense: used to talk about completed actions or events that happened in the past (e.g., They decided to vote, They booked their tickets, They found out that their flight was cancelled)
Where can you watch this episode?
You can watch this episode on YouTube by following this link: [Learning English: Extra English BBC]. You can also find the other episodes of BBC Extra English on the same playlist. You can watch them in any order you like, but we recommend that you watch them from the beginning to follow the story and the characters.
We hope that you enjoyed this article and that you will enjoy watching BBC Extra English. It is a great way to improve your English skills while having fun. Happy learning!