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.

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Yeah, In Brazil we have a big variety of accents more than languages, actually there are two official idioms there, LIBRAS and PORTUGUESE, but not so many people can speak both. I speak portuguese well and libras just a bit, it's our sign language.
So about accents its common listen to song by other state of our country or meet someone speaking fast than us in Rio I guess cuz our accents is relaxed you know?

Hi everyone. I am from Cuba but i have been living in Guyana for over 5 years now. Here you can encounter a mixture of different languages ranging from English as the modern tongue of course to Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and local Creole. All of them with its particularities and features with hundreds and hundreds of accents and dialects switching from place to place. I have already tried doing some translations and interpreting, and despite being a nice feeling and a good experience it could be, at times, quite frustrating if you can not convey the message properly. It had happened to me that I tend to forget the meaning of a word or full phrase in the language I have to translate in, especially when i have to do it into my mother tongue which is Spanish and to make matters worse, sometimes the optional translation isn't quite accurate, or doesn't carry the effect it should. How come is that? For example I know what it means in English but I don't remember at the time of interpreting how to say that in Spanish. It really annoys me. You should see me scratching my head and looking up to the sky like if i were going to find the answer up there. Lol

wow, I was reading your comment and thinking if I can speak so many languages effectively to translate well my dream is learn french, italy and other but sometimes i cannot focus on it cuz i don't have anyone to improve neither english

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,
Kirk
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.

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