Do You Speak English?

English speakers play a prank on a lady about not being able to speak the language.

Beginner  |  Duration: 01:21

Source: Big Train/BBC Two

Video Transcript

Yeah. Well, you know, that's wasted on me.
Yeah. Sorry about that.
Excuse me, excuse me. Sorry, do you speak English?
No, I don't. Sorry.
...and I wondered if you could tell me where to find a garage.
I don't understand what you're saying.
You don't speak any English at all?
Not a word, no.
It's one of those things where I wish I paid more attention in school but...
Excuse me, excuse me. Sorry, do you speak any English?
English? No. What's the problem?
I don't know. I can't understand her.
Hi, my car's broken down and I need to find a garage.
No, I'm so sorry. I didn't understand that at all.
Alright. Well, thanks.
Tell you what, if you go down that way about half a mile, there's a village.
There might be somebody there that speaks English.
I'm so sorry I couldn't be more help.
Hey, you never know.
Thanks anyway.
I can speak English.
So can I.
Oh! My car's broken down...
Next time you're over, maybe we'll have learned a bit of English for you.

Featured Words Level

  • BREAK DOWN (Verb) 5
  • WASTE (Verb) 3
  • WISH (Verb) 2
  • WONDER (Verb) 2
  • WAY (Noun) 1

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why is the woman asking for help?

    1. because her car broke down
    2. because she misplaced her purse
    3. because she is lost
    4. because her child is missing

  2. How did the people in the video answer the woman?

    1. They said that they have no money.
    2. They said that they cannot understand her.
    3. They said that they are also lost.
    4. They said that they were in a hurry.

  3. What stopped people from helping the woman?

    1. time
    2. money
    3. place
    4. language

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the ways can you communicate with people who speak a different language?

  2. Would you have been able to help the woman? Why or why not?

  3. Do you think the video is funny? Why or why not?