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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


Oh, are you really reserved? I'm going to Scotland tomorrow, but I hope they are open and friendly. I myself is talkative and friendly though generally Japanese people are shy and not so open. So, I guess it depends on people I talk to. Anyway, please talk to me friendly when you see me on the street!

We cannot say all they are reserved. Behaviours and attitutes can changeable. My opinion is UK has and covers many different nation people who this makes United Kingdom name. Of course this means everyone respect each other in UK terrra and lives altogether in peace for centuries. Possible this level mixture makes original English Fam's a bit scary and make themselves alone in the country. May be I'm wrong.

I think they seem constrained because the rainy weather conditions ... the Mediterranean peoples are more extrovert.
The Greek people are friendly and extrovert, they ll be glad to help someone if needs something.

Some people say " British people are more reserved than other nationality.It can be easily seen it's difficult to make friend with British people.They rarely talk each other and it makes other make u uncomfortable and cold." I really hope that might be stereotypes or judgement by their look .
I'm from Myanmar .Myanmar people from urban area are very friendly ,helpful and always wear smile . They are very inocent . But not for people in city .They may be as reserved as British people . Bcoz city life is full of stress .

Hello everyone,

I'am Marcin and I'm from Poland. I am going to say taht indeed in my opinion American people are much more open than English. I have been both America in Chicago and Great Britain in London, and I can say that Americans speak to others on the street, on the bus or at the shop when you buying something, everywhere. Of course British are nice, polite and helpful but not as much as Americans, I think they are more reserved.

I haven't visited London but I know many about of Englan and Englishman. Because our nation was colonised by English and Japan before II World War. So I know they are very rigid and strict in discipline and they are reserved.
Most of the people are said that we are friendly, warmly and happy and we don't work hard due to indulging in amusement. I think it is little true because our land is good for every plants and tree and every time and every season, not to be hard.

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

Hello again Khaled34,

I gave you some advice on how to use LearnEnglish to improve your English on a different page. It's great that you've started with Elementary Podcasts. I'd suggest the same method as I mentioned for Word on the Street – listen several times, record vocabulary, practise your pronunciation, complete the tasks, etc. This method has worked for many of our users. One of them even got a job in Scotland and moved there after working carefully through Elementary Podcasts!

If you have any other specific questions, please feel free to ask us.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team