How would you describe the British character? Tess and Ravi consider whether the British are reserved, while Jo and Adam look at negative prefixes.

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  • What do you think – are the British reserved? Are the British more reserved than other nationalities?
  • What do people say about people from your country? Do they think you’re friendly – and is it true?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.




Yes! I think British people are reserved. When I went to London I asked to a girl to take a photo of my wife and me. She just said yes, took the photo, I said thank you and she didn'

I am Colombian. In my country, people are very friendly and warm in general, but it depends on the region the person is from. For example, in the region of the Atlantic Coast , people are more warm and friendly than the center region of Colombia like Bogota. I am from Bogota, capital of Colombia . We are a little reserved and cold.

hi every one
i'm from algeria and i want to improve my level in english
my be one day i'll visite england
i'm very interested about that
can you help me, please

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I have never visited the UK so I can’t judge, but I have some friends who live there many years ago and they say that difficult to make British friends, they don’t communicate a lot.
They also say that if you see two men on train or on underground talk a lot they are not British.
Algerian people are very friendly and very generous; in other country some people say that Algerian becomes angry very quickly.

I think the British are friendly because I have met them several times. It is easy to start a conservation with them but it is a little hard because they speak English so fast and I can't catch up with their speed...

The topic is about the character or stereotypes in generals in my opnion. I have wrote the comment about this topic but I found good poem about 'A character' wrote by William Wodsworth. I would like to recommend also reading this poem as the challenge for the interested people. Greeting for every Readers.

I think British people are sometimes reserved to strange people but it is not often situation. Similar facts are existing in others countries. But the most typical situation is that they are friendly, kindly and with smile on the face. If you are on the trouble they always help you at this situation.
About the 'cold' attitude, it is the natural reaction because we cannot say nothing about this person. But it is important at the 'hard' situation we always extend aid for anothers.

Thank you for your suggestion.
Could you teach me English? My Skype id is -----------.

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