Episode 07

Episode 07

Adam and Rob discuss your favourite times of day. Also, Tess and Ravi talk about something British people love, but most people hate!


Adam and Rob

Both: Hello!

Adam: I’m Adam.

Rob: And I’m Rob.

Adam: Welcome back, Rob.

Rob: Thanks very much.

Adam: How was your trip?

Rob: It went very well, thank you. And welcome listeners to Episode 7 of LearnEnglish Elementary Podcasts. Once again, thanks for all your comments – great to read them as usual.

Adam: You remember that we asked you about your favourite time of day. I said that my favourite time was night. A few of you agreed: Yakup in Turkey, Madera in Russia who likes to go dancing at night and Sergio in Italy who said:

I love the night too, Adam, even though it's not healthy... After spending a day working, eventually the night is my own time in which, when my wife and my daughter sweetly sleep, I can read what I want, listen to my favourite music, write my physics books, watch sci-fi movies and so on... To wake up in the morning become really tough, but this is the way I feel alive!

Rob: That’s a very nice comment, Sergio. But you’re in the minority – there are more people who prefer the morning. Too many to mention all of you, but let’s have a look at some of them. Emin in Turkey says:

It’s the very early morning, when most people are asleep and there is a soothing and peaceful silence. It's a little difficult to wake up very early, but I think there is no moment in the world that makes me feel better than that.

Adam: Lamai in Thailand agrees:

My happiest time of the day is in the morning, I get up at 5.30 am, with the singing of the birds in the trees near my house and then with a cup of coffee, I walk in my garden, fresh and at peace.

Sounds lovely.

Rob: It does. FRG likes ‘breakfast time’, but I think that’s because he likes breakfast! Baijuka, who’s in the UK, likes mornings but not Monday mornings when she starts work again.

Adam: Last word to Mohammed in Iraq:

You can see me happy at any time of the day when I don't have something to worry about. For example, when I'm off work, considering I'm a junior doctor working in a public hospital in Baghdad. I try to relax and enjoy each and every minute I get because the next day I could be staying in the emergency room or in the ward looking after patients.

Rob: Thank you once again for all your comments and remember you can join in and add your own comments by going to www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish or by finding us on Facebook – look for Elementary Podcasts.

Adam: OK! Tess and Ravi are back. Before you listen to them, do you know what a ‘queue’ is? It’s a line of people, one behind the other and some people think it’s very British. Let’s see what Tess and Ravi think.


Tess and Ravi

Tess: Hello again. I’m Tess.

Ravi: And I’m Ravi and as usual we’re going to talk about something you think you know about Britain – fish and chips, the British weather, drinking tea – all those typically British things.

Tess: And we’ll tell you just how typical they are.

Ravi: Or aren’t.

Tess: All the things we talk about were suggested by you, our listeners, and our topic for today is something I think you’ll enjoy, Ravi – it’s queuing – standing in line to wait for things.

Ravi: Aaargh. I hate queuing! I hate waiting for things!

Tess: I knew you would hate it. But lots of people said that they thought queuing was very British and I think it’s true. Think about the things we queue for; we form a queue when we wait for a bus, we queue up in supermarkets, to buy tickets for things, in the bank, we’re always queuing.

Ravi: But people queue for things all over the world, Tess. How can you say it’s typically British?

Tess: True, but what we heard from our listeners is that British people are very good at queuing.

Ravi: How can you be good at queuing? All you have to do is stand behind the person in front of you.

Tess: Well, have you ever tried joining a queue in… No, I don’t want to say a country, in case some of our listeners get upset. Have you ever tried joining a queue in another country?

Ravi: Erm… yeah, I suppose I have.

Tess: People say British queues are more polite than in… some places. Like we almost enjoy queuing.

Ravi: My grandma does. She joins a queue whenever she sees one, even if she doesn’t know what it’s for.

Tess: I bet she never jumps the queue though, does she?

Ravi: You don’t know my grandma.

Tess: Jumping the queue is when you don’t go to the back of the queue but you try to push your way to the front of the queue instead of waiting for your turn. Do you ever jump the queue, Ravi?

Ravi: Me? I’m too polite to do that.

Tess: See? That’s what people think about the British, that they like queuing and they’re very polite so they make nice, tidy queues.

Ravi: Hmm.

Tess: I think it’s true, more or less. British people do make very organised queues. What about the queues for the winter sales, Ravi, or to buy tickets for the tennis at Wimbledon? It’s almost a national tradition; it’s on the TV news and everything. Every year, some people queue up for days to get the best bargains at the start of the winter sales in the shops after Christmas. They sleep outside in the cold and they seem to enjoy it – that’s a bit crazy, isn’t it?

Ravi: It is a bit. Do people in other countries do that sort of thing?

Tess: I don’t know, actually. Maybe our listeners can write in and tell us about queuing in their country? I bet they don’t queue like the British do.

Ravi: OK. If you’re listening, write and tell us about queuing in your country. Do you think the British queue differently?

Tess: We’re looking forward to hearing from you.


Adam and Rob

Adam: What do you think about queuing, Rob?

Rob: I hate queuing. I can’t stand it.

Adam: I don’t mind it. And it’s interesting, because when I go to a foreign country where people have a different approach to queuing, I find it very hard to change my style.

Rob: How do you feel about queuing? If you’ve been to Britain, do you think it’s true what Tess and Ravi said – are the British good at queuing?

Adam: How about queues in your country? Do people queue up politely or do they jump the queue? Do you jump the queue? We’d love to hear from you. Write and let us know at www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish

Rob: Right, let’s look at some of the language Tess and Ravi used:

Ravi: Aaargh. I hate queuing. I hate waiting for things.

Tess: People say British queues are more polite than in… some places. Like we almost enjoy queuing.

Tess: See? That’s what people think about the British, that they like queuing and they’re very polite...

Adam: Firstly, Tess and Ravi used different ways to talk about liking and not liking things. Ravi said he hates queuing and Tess said that British people enjoy queuing. We can use positive words like ‘like’ ‘love’ ‘enjoy’ and negative words like ‘hate’ ‘can’t stand’ ‘dislike’. How many more can you add to each list? Try the exercise on the website.

Rob: Next, though – listen to what comes after the like and dislike words:

Ravi: Aaargh. I hate queuing. I hate waiting for things.

Tess: People say British queues are more polite than in… some places. Like we almost enjoy queuing.

Tess: See? That’s what people think about the British – that they like queuing and they’re very polite...

Rob: I hate queuing – we enjoy queuing – they like queuing. That ‘ing’ form is the gerund and we use it after some verbs – like those verbs of liking and disliking. We also use gerunds after prepositions – words like ‘at’ ‘on’ or ‘in’ – like in this clip:

Tess: True – but what we heard from our listeners is that British people are very good at queuing.

Rob: If you use a verb after a preposition – use a gerund – the ‘ing’ form. For example, ‘good at queuing’, ‘interested in learning English’.

Adam: We’re running out of time now, but there are lots of exercises about this on the website, so if you want to know more – check it out there.

Rob: That’s all for this time. We’ll be back with Carolina next time.

Both: Bye.


Language level

Average: 5 (6 votes)

Submitted by kuchkarovamuhayyo on Sun, 30/06/2019 - 13:19

In my country, we form a line when we see a doctor, in some offices, at the cash desk at the vokzal and airpot. People sometimes do not respect the rights of other people in my country, there are not always people who stand in line and argue. They can never form a neat line, you can see how three people stand in line together. I also hate to stand in line like Ravi and try to avoid it. I never jump in line, I hate people who do this, I think it looks like stealing the most valuable thing of people, Time. In our country, in Uzbekistan, I will especially see a doctor at the state clinic. the last 2 years such a big turn is not present. because now doctors are also prescribed by patients.
I agree too much with you! Not only are people who skip the queue rude, they are wasting other people's time. Even today, in the time of the coronavirus, people do not respect the queue and the distance between them. And it's because they never had. I hope people think better about their actions, because they affect the lives of others. It is also wrong, because if everyone was in a row, the queue runs faster. :)

Submitted by Adnan1367 on Fri, 21/06/2019 - 13:38

Hey guys...in my opinion,everywhere and every time people have to respect to other's rights and queuing can be one of them...I can't stand queuing particularly of those who you have to wait over 2hours and in my country it's Sth common and normal when you stand in.line for gas stations and also queue for buying tickets of play grounds in some cities when a huge mass of people rush there...

Submitted by parisaach on Wed, 01/05/2019 - 07:41

In my country we form a queue when we wait for a bus or taxi , in some offices, in a bakery, and recently because of bad economic situation people wait in a queue to buy meat. People don't respect other people's rights in my country, so there are always people who jump the queue and make arguing. They never can form a tidy queue it's possible to see three people stand together in a queue . I hate queuing and trying to avoid it. I've never jump a queue I hate people do that I think it is like stealing the most valuable thing of people , The time. when I was young people had to stand in a long queues to buy everything. now it is so much better but we still should queue.
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Submitted by Ethel on Sat, 23/03/2019 - 14:43

In general, the queues are quite polite in my country. Skip the queue looks very bad. I can't stand the queues! I have learned to do all kinds of transactions online, just to not queue. I can't understand how other people seem to feel comfortable and even talk like if they enjoying a party. Why do not they explode inside, like me?
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Submitted by Ndayishimiye on Sun, 17/02/2019 - 14:32

queuing in is a very new in my country (Rwanda) so people can't bear that. but here at Beijing it is very common you can even find two people on a queue. Personally I hate queuing because it is boring but on the other side it is quite effective and it makes the process going smooth.

Submitted by Nancy Nguyen on Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:36

Hello everyone, I really don't like queuing. In the supermarket, I can wait but I can't bear some people who jump the queue. It's not polite and not fair. Let think about the feeling of people before you jump wherever.

Submitted by Zaur on Wed, 05/12/2018 - 18:34

Hi! On of the most annoying thing for me is queueing. And I noticed, that time is ticking to slowly when you are waiting your turn. But it's impossible to avoid queues at all. That's why only polite behaviours can soften this nervous stress. As for queue jumping, of cause it's not acceptable. It only makes people more nervous.
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Submitted by Oksi1001 on Sat, 01/12/2018 - 19:22

Hi everyone! Actually i dont know people who like queuing. On my opinion people dont like queuing or hate queuing. I have never heard that British have got ability be good at queuing. But i have not a debt in politeness of British. On the whole people pretty politely in my country. Basically they dont attempt to jump the queues .Although they can do it in hospitals. There people can be more agressive than in other places.It's my practice .Their favorite phrase to jump queus there-"I only to ask...". As to me..i sometimes a little nervous at queuing, but usally i peaceful. Also i hade a cases jumping queues ,but only couple of times.

Submitted by eldi on Wed, 28/11/2018 - 22:09

hello.. i don’t think i love queuing.. but it’s good for organizing our day-life..and also i think British people are more polite in queuing ... I don’t jump a queue line .. and i won’t ..