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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.

Tarea 1

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


Tarea 2

Type in the missing words or numbers.


Task 3

Can you turn these SMS messages into correct English?


Tarea 4

Choose the best phrasal verb to complete the sentence.




Nivel de idioma

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


hi! my name is hakmat i am from Afghanistan how can i speak like a native speaker? i need your help.

Hello hakmat kamal!

Learning to speak like a native can take a long time! Remember that there aren't many situations where you have to sound absolutely like a native speaker! However, here are two things that might help your speaking generally.

  •     Try to record yourself. Choose some questions, go to a site like, record your answers, and then playback your recording – what mistakes did you make? What do you like about your answer?
  •     Keep listening to our recordings. One of the best ways to improve speaking... is listening!

The most important thing to do is to keep working on it - even 15 minutes of listening a day will help your speaking.
Good luck!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

I am from Vietnam, for a long time I learnt English but didn't improved much. So you can help me, give me some adivices to improve my English?

Hello Thuhien!
Sorry to hear you're having trouble! Often, as students get better, they start to think that their English stops improving. In fact, you are still learning - but because you already know a lot of English, it doesn't seem such a big change. 
The most important thing is to keep working. Even twenty minutes a day will help. You could listen to our Elementary Podcasts, for example, or watch our Word on the Street videos.
Another good idea is to do a course or get ready for an exam. This will give you a goal to work towards. If you live close, perhaps you could visit one of our Vietnamese teaching centres.

Stay positive, and keep working at it, and your English will improve!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Thuhien, my name is Chu Anh Quan and I'm from Hanoi. Where are you in Vietnam now?
You know, I've been in this website for quite a while ago, and I've got some experiences. Did you check out "Big City Small World", the soap opera? It's the first pages I see on this website and I'm very interested in the stories and the way characters talk to each other :)
I think it's a very useful and also exciting method in learn English.

Like the SMS English game :)

Hello everybody,
I'm brasilian and I have studied english for one year and reading a brazilian magazine I found this website.
It is amazing, the podcast are very interesting and I intend to net in this site every day, at least one hour per day.
Have a new year for all.
Lucas ( Brasil )

Hello Canavarro!
Thank you for your kind words, and I'm glad you find the site useful! Even if you can't manage an hour, try to do a few minutes every day. Don't forget you can download many of our podcasts to use on an mp3 player or phone. Our Elementary Podcasts are especially popular.
Can you remember which magazine you found us in?
Best wishes for the New Year to you, too!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Just a couple of days ago I was reading an article about the changes that my language (Spanish)  have undergone over the years, it said that Spanish was a lot more flexible than it actually is, there were many grammar structures that, although one can poorly understand when one read them, allowed several words such as verbs, to be placed at the end of a sentence. It is clear that languages change over the years, some of them faster than others, in some situations there are international organizations (Like the Royal Spanish Academy which regulates the use of Spanish over the world)  that regulate the use of certain grammar structures or words and when needed forbid or do not recommend them to be used. I am sure that my language (as well as English) is going to change, for a language is the expression of a culture and cultures change over the time.

You are the best, just amazing web site.
I wish you a very lovely Christmas and happy new year.