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’.


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Task 1

Read the questions and select the right answer.


Task 2

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In France, the climate is temperate but with shades. On the west coast, the Atlantic Ocean brings often too spells of wet weather. The climate is mild and good for farming.
In the southeast, around the Mediterranean Sea, the weather is warmer and drier. It is sheltered from the ocean by the mountains. Retirees come to live there and people enjoy their holiday.
The climate of east areas is harsh during winter.
The mountainous areas are sparsely populated, except for winter resorts.
Yes, I think that geography influences a country's people. In France, the diverse geography of the country leads the diverse characters of the people. In United Kingdom, being an archipelago and a maritime power may play a role in the character of British people : "Britannia, rule the waves".

Hi! Which of region of France you are from? Thank you!

Very interesting!!

Hi, i´m alejandro from colombia, and it´s very interesting this topic of geography an its weather, so this is my first time here, listening and understanding this kind of topic. 

Here in colombia,  the geography influences much in the weather, because there muchs mountains and it makes that suddendly the weather could changes.

Thank you. 

Hi all! I'm from the Czech republic, a Middle European country with a capital called Prague. It's countryside is very various - there are mountains (but not high) around the frontiers, there are lowlands near the rivers, there is a large highland in the centre of country. All this means that we can enjoy 4 seasons - spring (with the blooming trees and flowers), summer (ideal for swimming somewhere in a river, pond, lake or pool), autumn (with a colourful leaves falling down the trees) and winter (ideal for skis). There are vineyards, orchards, crop fields, pastures, hop-fields, woods... But sometimes I give a slight sigh... There isn't sea.

I am a Japanese.
It's so far from here Japan to UK,
but oneday I would like to visit there!
And also this video made me excited.
I began to imagine how wonderful it would be
if I could just be there...

Hi there, I'm really like your nation and country too. You have amaising culture and behavior. We only can learned from this. Most of bulgarians likes Japaneses, I don't know why, but this is truth. After the terrible disaster this year (earthquake and after-effects) my wife began a initiative to find people amond bulgarians which are ready to give their homes for homeless japaneses. She even write letter (an email) to the euro commissar which is responsible for such a crises. They found I think over 50 housing . But I don't know what happened after that. I hope you will get with the situation now. Wish you blessings!

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I completely agree with you, Mr.Carlitos. Honestly I'm not good at using English but in this site, I can be more challenging. Thank you for giving us such a great opportunity to learn English in a proper way.