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.

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Submitted by May Thida Su on Wed, 17/02/2021 - 15:37

I've never been to Britain and I've never heard that British are good at queuing. In my country, honestly, people always jump the queue so the queues are always not tidy and very difficult. Honestly, I've ever been jumped queues. So the queues in my country are terrible.

Submitted by claudiacaluff on Sun, 14/02/2021 - 05:14

Queues in my country are very difficult and boring becouse always very longer and I waste to mucho time in it. While I'm queuing I never can't be sure if I could buy the stuff I'm looking for becouse there aren't enough for all and it makes me feel so angry and strefull. Is quite hard to explain about queues in my country, people queue up very unpolite and some of then try to jump it.
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Submitted by Joelma on Tue, 05/01/2021 - 20:40

Here in my country people are used to queueing all the time. I dont like much queueing but i never jump it.

Submitted by Sajja on Sat, 02/01/2021 - 07:07

I hate queuing very much. It is very boring and wasting the time. I can't stand waiting for many hours only to buy tickets or products . I remembered when I went to Cairo tower and waiting for hours only to enter in the left . I think lots of people in my country hate queuing like me because we get angry quickly. I don't remember I have jumped a queue before but like everywhere there are many people do that in my country

Submitted by jmajo on Wed, 30/12/2020 - 14:58

Well, I think that queuing it's a waste of time nowadays because we have the technology tools to avoid them, in my country(Uruguay) you can schedule an appointment on the internet before you go to any service, so you don't have to queue most of the times, but when you want to go to the cinema or to a football match or to a music concert, you'd have to queue to get in. I've never been to Britain so I don't know how is queuing there, but many movies and internet videos shows that they're very polite to queue. In my country most of the people is polite but although most of the times people behave politely at queuing, you can find some people that always try to jump positions in a queue to save time, so I think here we're polite but not as much I would like. I don't like to jump the queues because It's not polite and I think that if you want to save time, you can go to the same place earlier without jumping the queue positions later. In general I can say we're good at queuing but not so good at other countries. Thanks for the episode. Great site!

Submitted by nram.1983 on Sat, 28/11/2020 - 03:25

I hate very much waiting in queue. But I respect other people those who stand in queue and I will be polite, In my country many people do not obey these queue rules that is annoying things many times.

Submitted by Mohammedalbassami on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 17:43

Good evening everyone Nowadays in anywhere there's queue to organize people and give everyone turn so I think everyone must respect queuing. If there exceptional circumstances will people except it. However in Oman everyone applicable queuing and everyone respect it but a little people try to jumping it. I respect queuing because gives me my right. If I feel hurry first I take permission from all people in front of me and give him reason. My regards

Submitted by OnR on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 18:19

Queuing is very boring and annoying thing for me. But rules are rules you didn't jump the queue

Submitted by Mazoon AL.Ghssani on Mon, 05/10/2020 - 09:10

I don't like queuing at all because it is very boring and I always jump the queue when I have something emergency.

Submitted by Tauhid Ahmed on Thu, 03/09/2020 - 07:53

I also hate queuing, yesterday i waited in the bank. it's so boring!

Submitted by valdez on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 17:03

I hate queues! People are very rude and the wait is so boring.

Submitted by Harsh on Sat, 04/07/2020 - 16:16

Waiting matters more than the length of the wait.

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 15:57

How about queues in your country? Do people queue up politely or do they jump the queue? Do you jump the queue? In Brazil most people don't stand politely in queues.they are always jumping it.I never do it.I like to respect the rules.

Submitted by clauvera2016 on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 14:00

Hi there ! Please, could you explain the difference between “to be upset about” and “to be upset with” ? In the task 5 appeared following example: “His wife left him last year and he's still upset about it.” In other texts I have seen “to be upset with”, not with preposition “about”. I guess (but I’m not sure) that “to be upset about” is used related with a situation and “to be upset with” is used in connection with a person. “I’m upset with you. “ “I’m upset about it (about your behaviour etc ).” Thank you very much for all your hard work !
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Submitted by Kirk on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 15:08

In reply to by clauvera2016


Hello clauvera2016

Yes, what you suppose is correct: with 'upset', normally we use 'about' to speak of a situation and 'with' to speak about a person.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ann Bello on Wed, 08/04/2020 - 17:57

Hi! I don't like queuing. In my country a lot of people are rude and jump the queue, of course there are some polite people who don't. I never jump the queue. I like queuing just if I’m waiting to get into a concert, I wake up as early as possible to start making the queue, I really enjoy this kind of queue but If I’m at the bank I prefer just take a turn and then wait sitting. I’m patient if the queue is for a really good restaurant, but my dad hates queuing, so I have to queue by myself and then I call my parents when the queue is getting shorter.
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Submitted by Sergey Sh on Fri, 27/09/2019 - 04:36

I’m not from those who hate queuing so much, I’d say just don’t’ like it. The positive side of when you’re at some queing there can be those you can speak to with such as your old friend or just a person you can make a friend with. The negative side of any queuing I suppose everybody know is waiting I dislike as others. I’ve never been to England before so I can say nothing about how British people treat to queuing. At any rate I tend to believe to Tess and Ravi. If to tell about how people treat to this here in Russia, I tend to affirm that in most cases people try to jump the queuing always being impaitient as if nobody cares how long you stand and what you think about it. Surely, for instance when you are in the hospital on your medical check and there is necessity to go in and out to some doctor for a while (for several seconds exactly) just to stamp, people who are at queuing this moment protest you to do it. So what can I do this situation? Should I stand for a lot just for a stamp? On the contrary those who tries to jump the queuing for just not to spend lot of their time visiting a doctor (I mean not for a while like I said about me for a stamp) I reproach. At every queuing there are always somebody who tries to jump and nobody knows whether he or she gonna lie for their own advantage.

Submitted by Andrew Utkin on Fri, 30/08/2019 - 20:12

Hello, how are you doing? Well as for me, queuing it is a necessary thing in our life so we could waste a time when standing there. I am a pity for it and honestly speaking I can't stand it as well Adam. Eventually I want to say about queuing in Russia. Fortunately, I don't spend my time here often and never jump a queue but a lot of people do it many times. Russian are said to be rude and unpolite- this is true, trust me. Well, I have to go, see you. Have a happy life.
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Submitted by Duy Nguyen on Mon, 08/07/2019 - 17:12

I think queuing should be a good thing to do. I hate people who jump the queue. That is really rude and impolite. It look like stealing other's time. In my country, people become more awareness of standing in line than before. Sometimes some people try to jump the queue but they are warned by others immediately. This is a good sign though.

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 ..

Submitted by guigomar on Thu, 15/11/2018 - 14:45

In my country Chile, is common to see people doing queuing in some places. However, actually, this custom has been replace by tickets-numbers. Por example, in a pharmacy or other places where people wait attention, they must get a ticket-number to be served. This mode is fulfilled by all and nobody tries to jump a number.

Submitted by Julliet Tangoo on Mon, 29/10/2018 - 11:37

Kirk, make better site, i no see task 4.

Hi Julliet,

Task 4 is working for me now. Is it still not working for you? If not, I'd suggest trying a different browser or device. But if it's still not working, please let us know what browser version you are using.

Thanks in advance.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by jonancbr on Thu, 18/10/2018 - 21:52

Which is the action to wait but with one ticket'number when you need to do something?, for example in a bank? Is queuing too, because I haven't in front of me anyone, everybody is sat.

Submitted by jonancbr on Thu, 18/10/2018 - 21:49

Hi All, I hate queuing because it's stressful, In my country is normal to do queue for everything. Banks, Health, buying and more, Some people try to jump the queue in special I think. Women,

Submitted by User_User on Mon, 17/09/2018 - 16:08

Hello About queuing in Germany. People usually don't jump the queue in Germany and they are usually polite. An exception is when they can save a lot of money. For example a shop opens for the first time and the prices are let's say are 25 per cent cheaper than normal. Then the people would queue up the day before to get the best bargains. It's likely that the crowd starts to panic so that the police have a lot to do. The public usually blames the owners of the shop for the trouble. Bye

Submitted by beatrice77 on Fri, 03/08/2018 - 13:48

what does it mean:"your comment is awaiting moderation?"Thanks

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Submitted by beatrice77 on Fri, 03/08/2018 - 13:45

Hello!I am Béatrice, from France;in my coutry,people usually don't like queuing!and some of them try to jump...I think it's not very polite;life in society needs respect of others and patience..As Jone said ,queuing with smartphone is more pleasant!But it's also the opportunity of speaking with people who are close to you!Thank you a lot for these courses!I try to improve "upon(?)"my english language!!!Sorry for the mistakes...

Submitted by AHMEDZERROUKI on Tue, 03/07/2018 - 19:57

there's queueing in my country Algeria in almost every daily behavior, but in many times there's those who try to jump the queue so many people are ot polite concerning it

Submitted by John Fan on Sat, 02/06/2018 - 10:21

Hello everbody, When the smartphone has not been produced, I very hate queuing. But, now I have smartphone, I can enjoy the queuing process. I can see the movie or read facebook, news, etc. Sometimes I do not want moving forward, because the movie not end yet. So I think in my country, We have smartphone in the queues, people would more polite than before.
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Submitted by alberto bastos on Tue, 06/02/2018 - 20:52

Hello! queuing is a exercise of patient for me. In Brazil the people jump the queue that is a problem. For the Brazilian is necessary a polite course where teach good manner and patient are principal topics. I don't know the britain but I hope that will be all that Ravi and Tass spoke them. thanks.
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Submitted by xhansid on Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:02

If there is a group of people worshiping; one man is leading the worship, others follow him copying him. Can we say, "People read worship after him." or in place of 'after' we should use 'following'?

Hello xhansid,

'read worship' is not a common collocation in English, so I'm not sure what to recommend. You could perhaps say 'People worship following his example', though I'm not sure if that's exactly what you mean.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Zeeshan Siddiqii on Fri, 19/01/2018 - 06:22

If I am sitting in a park and my face is towards east where there is a bookshop ; will I say: I am sitting facing the bookshop OR I am sitting in direction to the bookshop OR I am sitting in direction of the bookshop OR I am sitting with my face to the bookshop?

Hello Zeeshan Siddiqii,

I think the first of these (...sitting facing the bookshop) is the most likely. The last one is perhaps possible but the second and third are not correct.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team