English at University
Episode 2 - Just landed
Episode 160926 / 26 Sep 2016
Episode 2 - Just landed
Mary's just landed in London and is heading off for the University of Studies – but there's a problem – she's already lost. Will the 'helpful and friendly' people of Britain help her to get where she wants to go?
Language focus - useful phrases
Learn phrases about asking for directions:
- Excuse me, could you tell me the way to…
- I wonder if you could help me please?
- Please could you give me directions to…
- I don't suppose you could show me the way, could you?
Here are some other phrases you could use:
Do you know where I could find...
Excuse me, which way is it to...
Could you point me in the direction of... please.
Language Focus - vocabulary
Learn synonyms for 'idiot':
Hello and welcome to English at University - the series that teaches some English phrases to help you through your first year at university. Mary's just landed in London and is heading off for the University of Studies – but there's a problem – she's already lost. Mary, what's happened?
I think I got off at the wrong station and now I don't know which way to go.
It's time to ask for help. Don't be scared. You'll find Londoners helpful and friendly people. Just be polite and ask them the way and see what they say.
OK. Here goes. Err, help me will you. I don't know where to go.
What? Sorry, I'm in a rush.
You need to be polite, smile and start with 'excuse me'…
OK then. Excuse me… could you tell me the way to the University of Studies… please?
No. Never heard of it.
Oh dear. How am I going to find my way there? Oh, I'll ask him… I wonder if you could help me… please?
Are you lost?!
Yes, I am. Please could you give me directions to the University of Studies?
Yeah. Of course. I'm going there myself. It's my first day…
Me too! I don't suppose you could show me the way, could you?
… I don't know why I'm studying there though. I should have gone to Oxford or Cambridge… I did so well in my A levels… but I suppose I can share my 'wisdom' with the other undergraduates… anyway…
Ermm, there's a sign…
…my name's Daniel by the way. Are you just visiting?
No. I said I'm studying here too. My names Mary and look… there's a sign for the university.
Nice to meet you Mabel. I think it's a left turn here then straight on.
Oh dear Mary. Let's hope he's not doing the same course as you. He sounds like a complete loser – an idiot. Anyway, while Daniel's showing her where to go, let's look at the phrases she used to ask for directions…
Excuse me, could you tell me the way to…
I wonder if you could help me please?
Please could you give me directions to…
I don't suppose you could show me the way, could you?
You can practise these phrases, pick up a few more plus learn some top tips for travelling in the UK on our website at BBC Learning English dot com. Now, back to Mary… I've got a feeling she's has asked the wrong person for directions. This Daniel seems like a bit of a numpty – an idiot.
Strange… I thought it was down here. Maybe it was right at the junction?
Yep, he's a muppet. A total idiot.
Oh dear. Maybe we should ask that policeman over there?
No, no, we'll be fine. Err… taxi! Taxi!
Learn more about the language you can use when asking for and giving directions.
Listen to Alice and Neil discuss the psychological pressures of leaving home to start university life.
In the next epsiode, Mary finally gets to the University of Studies and gets a surprise when she finds her new room.
Latest English at University
Episode 170116 / 16 Jan 2017
Term's getting under way - and Mary is stressed! Does Abi have a solution so they can both chillax and take a break?
Episode 170109 / 09 Jan 2017
Term starts again at the University of Studies and Mary's struggling in Professor Not's lecture. Will she be able to keep up?
Episode 161223 / 23 Dec 2016
The first term is over at the University of Studies. All the students are packing up and heading home for the holidays – all except Mary that is! Where will she be spending the Christmas holidays?
Episode 161219 / 19 Dec 2016
It's almost the end of term and time for Mary to get her feedback from Professor Not. Will she be happy with what he's got to say?
Episode 161212 / 12 Dec 2016
Mary's got to hand in her assignment, but her memory stick has gone missing. Will she find it at the Lost Property office?
Episode 161205 / 05 Dec 2016
Mary's got an important deadline fast approaching. Will she finish her work on time?
Episode 161128 / 28 Nov 2016
Mary has to deal with a crisis when she accidentally loses her assignment
Episode 161121 / 21 Nov 2016
Mary attends Professor Not's study skills workshop but it sounds like she knows more about studying than him!
Episode 161114 / 14 Nov 2016
Finally, Mary starts to learn something about business - and how to ask for clarification
Episode 161107 / 07 Nov 2016
Mary's feeling hungry
Episode 161031 / 31 Oct 2016
Mary needs to borrow some books
Episode 161024 / 24 Oct 2016
It's time for Mary's first seminar
Episode 161017 / 17 Oct 2016
Mary's studying can finally begin
Episode 161010 / 10 Oct 2016
Before Mary's lectures finally begin there's some paperwork to do
Episode 161003 / 03 Oct 2016
There's an important event Mary can't miss
Episode 160929 / 29 Sep 2016
Mary finds her new room and gets a big surprise
Episode 160926 / 26 Sep 2016
Mary arrives in the UK but can't find her way to the university
Episode 160921 / 22 Sep 2016
Mary leaves home to start her first year of study abroad