So what is the United Kingdom?

To give it its full title it’s ‘The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’. You might hear it referred to as Britain, Great Britain or more often, simply as ‘The UK’.


Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video or listen to the audio. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Read the questions and select the right answer.


Task 2

Drag the numbers and match them with the ideas below.






I'm new here and I am very impressed with this wonderful site and I love UK very much and I hope that one day I visit it so i want to learn Enghlish deeply (forgive me for any mistakes)

I am using MacBook Pro and somehow I cannot play the video. Could the teacher and anybody advise how I can play the video? Many thanks.

Hello Wenjie,

Your device should not cause any problems - I also use a Macbook Pro and so I know it is compatible. There are sometimes problems for users in certain geographical locations with some videos or sometimes there are temporary technical problems. If you still have problems viewing this video, please let us know.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

it is a good site......and I m going to give the Ielts,how can I improve my reading skills,which types of books u recommended for reading,.......
how can we get fluancy in speaking english,,,,,,,,and I reckon the listning is much important for speaking,,,,,,,because when the babies learn a language first they listn,,,than slowly trying on speaking...........bye

Hello Mohammad,

Have you seen our IELTS section? It has some of the help you are looking for and also links to our sister site, TakeIELTS, which has additional material.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

thanks a lot......

I am from Vietnam. My country consists of three regions North, Middle and South. Hanoi capital is in North region. Country's shape look like S letter. It has a North-to-South distance of 1.650 kilometers and is about 50 kilometers wide at narrowest area. While North and Middle region has 4 distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall and winner, South region has 2 season: dry and rainy. Weather in south is almost hot all year around. Trường Sơn moutain divides country into different weather areas.

Hearing seams a little bit is not clear

Is it possible to download the video on my computer?
Thank you for your answer,
Best wishes

Hello ABR,

I'm afraid the videos cannot be downloaded, for technical and legal reasons.  However, you can download the transcript and paper versions of the exercises, and you can watch the video as many times as you like online.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team