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English is GREAT - Part 1

The story of English starts more than a thousand years ago. Richard goes to the British Library to hear – and see – how the language has changed over the years.

Task 1

Which of these things do Richard and Roger discuss at the British Library?


Task 2

Type in the missing words or numbers.


Task 3

Can you turn these SMS messages into correct English?


Task 4

Choose the best phrasal verb to complete the sentence.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


I have downloaded whole series 3 of Elementary Podcast. I can listen those podcasts without internet now. For this series links are provided separately for downloading 'iOS verison' and 'high quality mp3' files.
Whereas same are not provided for series 1 and 2. Hence one can't listen to them without internet. Ofcourse there is option 'Download audio xx.xx MB (right click & save)' but one can't download, it only copies hyperlink and not the whole file.
Pls. help me if possible.

Hello pundamahesh,
I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems downloading the audio for series 1 and 2.  The download links are working for me (I use the right-click > save as method).  Could you let us know specifically which links are not working for you, so we can check them?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Can't I download this whole series and then listen? Actually, internet speed is very slow here.....

Hello pundemahesh,
I'm afraid it's not possible at the moment, for technical and legal reasons, to download the videos.  However, we are looking to make more of our material accessible in various ways in the future so this may change.  For now, only the transcript and the support pack are available to download.
If your internet speed is low and the video stops and starts while you are watching then it may help if you allow the video to load (let the buffering progress) before watching it.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank You Very Much Peter. It works for me.

Great Video

I am being just graduating this summer and want to improve my speaking skills. Is here any one like me, who want to improve his/her English speaking skills then please let me know. Thanks

Oh,it's a pity that i can't watch the vedio.

Hello Hoh Xil,
I'm sorry you can't watch the video. We know that there are problems with accessing these in some countries and we are working on ways to make the videos accessible in more countries. Can you see the video on our LearnEnglish site for China?
We do make the audio available as a download for many of our audio and video materials, such as our Elementary Podcasts and our series Big City Small World.  I hope these will be useful for you and please keep checking - perhaps soon this video will be accessible to you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, English languaje it is quite difficult to spanish learners, anyway  is a
great lenguaje¡