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Episode 05

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

Tess & Ravi

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Leave a comment below!

  • 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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Actually I've never met an english person, I have some ideas from the books and movies about them for example I think they are traditional, superstitious, and reserved. I prefer american's culture I guess the are more modern and open-minded.This is what I think maybe it be different in real world, at least I guess they are much better than russian people. When I was in Russia people usually didn't help us. They couldn't speak english and they were so cold. the young people were better but older ones were aweful .I just met a group of young people they helped us to take a taxi.

In my country people are friendly and sometimes angry and always in rush. they talk to each other everywhere in a line , on a bus, on train, on a plane. They usually help tourists or people when they have problem. I heard in some countries people even don't care when you die in a street, but in my country when you faint in a street or bus all the people want to help you. when your car break down, men come and help you. but sometimes they can be unfriendly and fight each other especially when they are driving.


I live in Germany. You may think that this is a small country and the differences aren't very big but this isn't the case. I know a village where the people are open and a village where people are reserved.

In a town where the people are reserved you have to go to a club to meet people.

If you are older people aren't interested to get you know. As I was younger the female hairdressers always talked a lot. Now, I'm older and they seldom say anything to me. The same is true when you are slim or fat.

In your podcast Jamie talked to Carolina the first time when they traveled to Newcastle. If both had been twenty years older then they probably wouldn't have talked to each other.

British people are little bit reserved .because the rain weather conditions.In egypt the people is quiet and funny

Hi Everbody,
I have not much idea about british people but I can estimate. British people are little bit reserved from what I hear because of the weather. The weather is cloudy adn rainy in there everytime so british people are cold and serious.
The climate can affect peoples personalities. The peoples living in there are warm and open if the weather is sunny and windy somwhere.
French people reserved than British people. The French are very arrogant.My country peoples personalities' are versatile because my country's climate have four seasons for the reason there are different personlities people. İn west of Turkey's people are veryd friendly and fun- loving.As for that in northeast people are very serious and irritable becaue of the climate all of them. I am living in istanbul. The weather is complicated here. You can see a lot of personalities.I love my countrys people everyone.Perhaps, we are different each one of us never mind. Variety is the spice of life. take care of yourself. Good night.

In Italy, and generally in the south of Europe, people are very friendly and they open home everyone. This is a good attitude. But sometimes it get very invasive, especially in deep south. Form this point of view, british's "cold" is better than italian's "warm".

I do believe to be reserved people don´t mean you are unfriendly , sometimes it is a kind of protect yourself , In my country people are known like warm , friendly but be careful sometimes baggy to , so it is a way to avoid this kind of person .

I think people are diffrent, They have diffrent ethical methods.
It's not fair to say all of brithish people are reserved.
This is my first comment i hope i wrote it right.
I really like to come and see you two,tess & ravi.
You both have good voices, I love it.
Thanks to you all.

Hi guys, My name's Hanh. After listening this podcast, I've recently known that British people are reserved. But I think, it depends, not everyone in Britain is like that, despite the fact the number is not much.
To my country, almost foreigners said that people here are very friendly and willing to help strangers if they can. And I do think so. If you are a sociable person, my country will surely suit for you! Thank you for reading.

Hello, Adam and Jo...
It´s a pleasure to comment in this potcast.
I´m from Mexico, here the people is very frendly, Here it doesn´t need much time to have friends, especially if your are foreinger, we like to meet persons and to know how were their lifes in their contriens.
Mexicans are open people, we speak about many topics and we go with our friends everywhere, also we visit them in their home.

In my country people are open and i don't always like that specially in bus
They make long conversation and i get bored but they are so friendly and would help strangers as much as they can. i like that in my country

I liked the British saying that the house is the man's castle