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 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!

Dear friends,
This is my first time here. I am absolutely delighted with the quality of the lessons presented. Thank you very much for all the support given to me. For sure, there may be millions of others who say the same. God bless all those who make the British Council so wonderful an instrument in the process of teaching/ learning English.
Carlos Magnus.

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.

I like UK so much. I hope i can come there in someday. My country- Vietnam too, the tropical climate, really warm. Countrysides are beautiful, peaceful the people friendly and a dynamic life in some citys. My country is very attract.

it was really interesting, London is great ..

OmG, it's really amazing how the climate and terrain can vary from a region to another. The same thing happens in my country, Mexico, since it is a large one. For instance, in the north and center there is a lot of hot during spring and summer but it's really cold in the winter. But in my state, which is Quintana Roo and boards the Caribbean Sea the weather is always hot!! sometimes this is really annoying because you sweat all the time but it's just great for always going to the beaches, which in fact are extremely beautiful!! For instance, Cancun and Playa del Carmen are almost always full of foreigners and locals, who enjoy this great climate, crystal-water beaches and white sand!!

We must  be very grateful for to be very close to the Ecuator,  which it makes our climate to be so wonderful. Venezuela is open to the sea and it makes us very receptive with other countries, people, ideas, cultures, etc. We only say Welcome!!!

The weather of my country Venezuela, is amazing because there is no snow in the winter and the weather in the seasons are alike, normally the temperature is the same in each season, so is very confortable. And I agree with other commetns posted by my classmates.

It has a big geography, i didn´t know how many countries there are in the Uk