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.






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

I m going to share my problem that I have problem in downloading videos,,,

Hello Learn English Team. When I was reading I found a new word . It is:" By far" what does it mean? I'll be wait answer. Thank you very much in advance.

Hello behhruz7,

Did you know that we have a special tool for checking words and phrases like this?  It's the Cambridge Dictionaries Online window on the right of most pages on LearnEnglish.  Try typing 'by far' into it and you'll get a definition, example sentences, pronunciation information and grammatical usage.  It's a very useful tool.

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The LearnEnglish Team

I'd prefer all the videos in HD rather than the quality they're in now.