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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

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


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


I am just doing my home work. Have a good day everyone.

I didn't meet any british, when I was studying an english course I had an english teacher from Manchester. He was good and made some friends with students, especially women.
In Colombia people are very friendly, strangers could talk to you at any place, they can tell you all their life while you wait in a queue, and if you get along with them you could take a beer later. I’m different. I don’t like to tell my life to unknown people, and it is weird when everybody makes friends so fast and you don't.

Dear Team,
in Task 2, it's acceptable only this word order:''We take a long time to get to be real friends.....'', but why couldn't we say:''We take to get a long time to be friends....'', in order to avoid using in a row the same two forms(''to get- to be'').
Thanks a lot

Hello Nikoslado

I'm afraid 'take to get a long time' doesn't make any sense to me. In 'take a long time to get to be real friends', 'take' is used to express a length of time and 'to get' shows that there is process, i.e. in the beginning we are not real friends, but over a long time we become real friends.

Hope this helps you make sense of it.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I've understood it now, Kirk,thanks to you.It's a matter of correct expression in this case, if changing the row of the words.Thanks for your kindness.

ends I have not build relationship with british people before but I have idea I think british people unfriendly and reserved than other natiolites people in my country people very friendly and it is easy to make friends i think make friends depend on the culture and education and economic situation if the country rich and high education level people more reserved because they busy about their life . in other side poor country more open then rich

I think Arab people are very open people and they have very interesting customs and traditions. For instance, you will be considered as a member of their community if you stayed for 40 days with them. In addition, If you are a stranger, which is anyone who belongs to another city or country even if he is Arabian, and you want to ask someone about something then you visit him in his house, you will be a guest, and guest means that no one should ask you anything before three days. they will provide you accommodation and food for three days and after which you can ask for anything.
I think those traditions were changed a little bit nowadays because of the population explosion, wars and no one has time and money to do all of those welcoming procedures as well. But still it is very easy to make Arab friends and they will invite you to their houses immediately.

Hello everyone!I am brazilian and the people say We are very friendly.
Well,I think it is true,We are very friendly people and We make friends easily.In my opnion,We are a welcoming country!

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.