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?


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.

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Task 1

Read the questions and select the right answer.


Task 2

Read the sentences and fill in the gaps by dragging the words from the top.






Hello Cherry Feng,

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hi,something confused me.if someone told me "your English name sounds old",what is the mean?Old?Name always used by older or the name is not fashion ?

Hi Gretchen Lin,

In this context 'old' means 'not common today' - in other words, it means that your name used to be popular but is not now.

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Hi everyone,
Currency is an interesting topic but very difficult to analyze deeply. I have never been to Britain, so I don't know much things about Britain currency. I only know that Euro is not used in Britain though It is in the European Union and I also know Britain currency unit is pound. After listening this topic I can imagine that the notes and coins are issued by some banks of England, like Scotland, Scottish with the bank's name is printed. Although they are accepted throughout the UK but many traders don't adopt them because the traders are not familiar with them. I wonder that why the UK government didn't use Euro as its currency. If Euro is legal tender in UK, the traveler may feel more convenient when they travel around the Europe and me too.

I look to hearing your ideas.


good excercice!!

I practice listening whenever I can and I realize that when I'm listening to music or else I recognize the words. And I recognize when I try to see the translation and memorize it. How am Brazilian, most do not speak English so do not have a reference point to practice with someone.

How do we improve speaking skill? It is easy to think of the words in mind but I find it's hard to pronounce words and say it out?

Hello ngocyenbg,

This is a question which we are often asked. In fact, I was asked the same thing by another user last week, and so I can give you the same advice I gave them.

It is hard to give specific advice without knowing how you speak at the moment.  However, there are some general suggestions that I can make which will help you to improve over time.  The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible.  To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you.  It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.  However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone.  Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating.

You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

Remember that practising often is better than practising occasionally, even if it is for a short time. Try to find some time to practise speaking, whether alone or with a partner, every day. Remember also that it is hard to measure improvement in speaking but don't get discouraged: if you practise regularly and don't give up then you will make progress, even if that progress is hard to quantify.

Best wishes and good luck!



The LearnEnglish Team

i can't watch this movie.Why?? just see black display.Please tell me and help.