The most widely spoken language in the UK is English. However, newcomers and visitors to the UK may have problems with regional dialects and accents. 

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

Task 1

Fill in the gaps in the text with the words from the box at the top.




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I'm from Russia,the biggest country in the world.And we have only 1 language!That's why very funny hear,when write,that in their country many accents))And good day for all))

Hello guys! I have read all the comments . It was very interesting to read. In my country, Romania, the official language is Romanian. We have more regions with different accents but we understand each other. In capital and near the capital people have no accent. The funniest accent have the people called "ardeleni". They speak very slow. You can eat a bread until they speak. This, of cours, was a kind a joke:)) Have a nice day all!

I think the audio went on very fast, I hardly caught what was being said. I solved the questions by sense rather than information actually heard.

Hello Dahlia90,

I just wanted to point out that there is a transcript. When you have a hard time with the audio, it's a good idea to listen to it several times. The first one or two times, listen without the transcript and try to understand as much as you can. Then listen again, this time reading the transcript.

After that, I'd suggest you practise pronouncing the phrases or sentences you had a hard time understanding. The better you can say them, the more likely you will be to understand them in the future.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Krik
it is a really good advice
thank you so much

hello there are many languages in Algeria and 3 or 4 Dialects so its very difficult to manage it

In INDIA we have nearly 18 official accents although our national language is HINDI but we speak in our regional language i,e..,TELUGU.

In France, we have only one official language . However, a few people sometimes use regional languages as "breton" or " langue d'oc" or " alsacien"...
I dont wish regional languages to become more important: one language for one country, that's better for the country's unity.

I agree. One language for one country.

Are there a wide variety of accents or languages in your country?
Yes, there are a wide variety of ethnic groups in our country, more exactly 135 races, even though the predominant spoken language is Burmese.

Have you ever had to act as an interpreter? What did think of the experience?
Yes, I have to act as an interpreter sometimes. In spite of a wide language-gap, I usually enjoy to interpret for my colleagues, because I love to see the reaction people do when they understand something.