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.

 Video courtesy of Barrington Berkeley

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.






this website is fantastic and very helpful

Hello fabiolaora,
Thank you for the nice comment!  It's great to know we're helping people with their English!
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The LearnEnglish Team

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Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi every one
today when i start to hear the video about the currency but in beginning of this video i was unable to hear the voice but after few seconds the video runs without interruption. so i really enjoyed to know about the currency of UK.according my own point of view that currency describe cultural identifications of any country like as we see flags of different country.When ever you see the currency in your hand straight away name of that country comes in you mind.i think the euro was a good time to unite the different nations and country. As i am living in Uk i remembered first two or three months were so hard for me because when i go outside for shop i become in P . some time i felt shy when i give money on counter. but i am used too  in Uk currency
i feel difficult to describe the these two task because i have not enough vocabulary in mind but this is my 2nd day hope so with the passage of time i will improve slowly.

Very good exercise!!!

Hi everybody ^^
I'm learning English and this video is great. I like website so much.

That's great to hear, nvthanh!
I hope you enjoy the rest of the webiste as much, and good luck in your studies!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

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What is the original value that holds with the bank note and where does it came from ? after all its a piece of paper !