The pound sterling is the oldest currency in the world that is still in use. What do you know about the money used in the UK?


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Task 1

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Task 2

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In my opinion, it has been a right decision so far for UK to retain pounds and pence as its legal tender, considering the EU is confronting lots of problems in economy now. By the way, we have "Dong" as a legal tender in Vietnam and its regular values are quite large, beginning with at least two zeros from the left of the number.

i think sterling is important for British economy and use euro important for improve Britain in the European Union

I think the pound sterling is important for UK's identity and I envy them for that, but I wouldn't say the same about other currencies..
Things have changed a lot since the introduction of the Euro. For some countries with weaker currencies have been a positive move, not at the very begining though. But now, as it is well known , the situation is unpredictable..


I had never seen before 50 notes pounds. I hope to used them someday to pay something in a shop.

Best wishes, Rober

I saw that it was interesting . I had been lost one hour for listen and practice. I feel quite contentment.
jongkan jay

Hi, this content is really awesome i live in Colombia, but i really like the UK culture, and the british accent is quite amazing, i'm happy with this page i want to have this accent. thanks for posting this content for improving english.

please, tell me, why I can't download video or audio from `UK Culture`?

Hi irynka123,

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The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for the reply.

Why can't I watch the vedio?