The story of English starts more than a thousand years ago. Richard goes to the British Library to hear – and see – how the language has changed over the years.


Richard finds out about all the different kinds of English and talks to some of the hundreds of thousands of students who come to Great Britain to learn English every year.


Ashlie and Stephen do some shopping in Paris - and improve their French!

UK Culture: Language

The most widely spoken language in the UK is English. However, newcomers and visitors to the UK may have problems with regional dialects and accents. 

Talk about: Learning languages

Simon talks about how he managed to learn five to six different languages in a fun and easy way.

UK Culture: New words

New words and phrases are continually entering the English language. Listen to this Trend UK episode and find out if you are a screenager or even perhaps a splod!

The meaning of 'tingo'

The book 'The Meaning of Tingo' is a list of words from languages all over the world which have very specific, not to say very unusual, meanings. Words which cannot be translated.

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