Stephen explores the ancient city of Oxford and meets some girls who are studying at the University. 


Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

After you watch

What did you learn about Oxford?

Choose the best answer to these questions.


Task 2

Comprehension Task

What did you learn about Oxford?

Put the sentences into the correct order.





Hi everyone!
I wanted to know, why the tourist lady says," there's around 39" when Stephen asks about number of colleges? Why doesn't she say "there are around 39"? Why the sentence is not in plural form here?

Hello Vrindalee,

I agree that the plural form here would be grammatically correct. However, in informal conversation people sometimes use there's with plural nouns in this way. Well done for spotting this non-standard, but quite common, usage!



The LearnEnglish Team

What does it mean " I’ve somewhere I want to take you." ? I have somewhere... or ? It is not understandable for me.

Hi DarkoMaxim,

Yes, that is correct. It is a somewhat odd construction, so I can understand how it strikes you as odd. It's somewhat similar to a sentence like 'I have a surprise for you' -- instead of 'a surprise for you', you could say 'somewhere I want to take you'.

Many people would probably say 'There is somewhere I want to take you' instead, and you could certainly use that if you prefer.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello taecher. I've some questions.'so it's really up to you to do your own work' in this sentece I don't understand 'up'.how can I understand it? what does 'stuff' mean? 'when it's sunny and stuff it's beautiful'. 'go punting and stuff'.what does 'so fingers crossed' mean?and 'nice down here'?
thank you very much

Hello safirasafirasafira,

The phrase up to you means it's your responsibility or it's your choice. We don't break phrases down into the meanings of individual words as the meaning comes from the phrase as a whole.

Stuff is an informal word in this context. It means something like et cetera or and so on.

We say fingers crossed  when we want to hope for good luck: I'm taking my driving test tomorrow so fingers crossed!

Nice down here means the same as Nice here. It's just an alternative phrasing we can use in informal conversation.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Supporting Team,

May I say “take a punt picnic on the river” instead of “ take a punt on the river with a picnic”?

Thank you

Hello Trinh Phuong Anh

No, that does not sound right. Punting is a way of moving the boat, while a picnic is something you would do out of the boat on the bank of the river. I can't imagine doing both at the same time, which is what your sentence would suggest!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Teacher,
Thanks for your reply. That mean “ row a boat, then picnic on the river bank”. May I understand like this?
And what about the sentence “ take a bus tour”. Is this “ go tour by bus”?
Thank you so much
Best regards
Phuong Anh

Hello Phuong Anh,

Yes, that's the idea. 'take a bus tour' is correct, but 'go tour by bus' is not -- we just don't say it that way. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team