Tess and Ravi talk about a very famous British family and Adam passes on your kind words to Carolina.

Tess & Ravi
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Do you live in a country which has a king or queen? Did you have to learn the names of kings and queens in history at school? Are the names for family members more specific in your language than in English? And do tell us about your family!

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I've got three dogs and a cat, because I live in the countryside, then, they have a lot space to run around. I love animals, but I disagree to look after pet as a person, people is more important than animal.

Hello,
We never had a royal family, however, before the republic was proclaimed, The Ottoman Empire was governed by monarchy/sultanate so we had to learn the padishah names as well as presidents of the republic in history at school. The names for Empire family members are as specific as yours and they put the numbers before the padishah names to indicate the hierarchical structure of the dynasty. It was so complicated and hard to memorise

All the best

Hi teacher...IWant to know what means thbexpression down earth ..that Tess said about prince philip

Hi nemogue,

Tess says that the prince is 'down to earth', and this means that he is quite a normal and sensible person, not one living in an unrealistic way or with unrealistic ideas.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Why dont you bring Tess and Ravi back as main presenters?

Hello MJ Walker,

We're grateful for your feedback. There have been changes in the format due to various factors including the changing availability of the different participants, recording studio availability, and the demographics and feedback from our users. In Series 5 there will be some rather important changes which are also the result of similar factors. 

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello teacher,
In the sentence "But everyone knows he used to be married to Princess Diana", I don't understand why we use "used to + infinitive verb", because I was taught that this structure is used to describes a habit in the past.
Could you explain it clearly, please?
Thank you very much!

Hello Rosie Phan,

We can use 'used to' to describe a habit or a state in the past which is no longer true. Here it refers to a state.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I don't like the royal family British. I seem that they live in a parallel world and they don't understand the people problems.

Hello everyone!
We don't have a royal family in Brazil nowadays, but we had a long time. After being a Portugal colony, the Kingdom of Brazil was created and it lasted a considerable time. The names for family members were as specific as for British royal family. They used to put a roman numerals after the name to number the hierarchical family structure. We had to memorize those names in History classes. Although we live in presidential system today, the living members of imperial family have made efforts to re-establish the Brazilian Monarchy. But, in my opinion, I guess it won't succeed, even though we have been facing a political crisis recently.
Thanks.

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