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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


i want to use this comment for saying thanks a lot to learn English team. it lacks a video called "Learn English Team is Great"

Oh, you're too kind! We're very happy that you appreciate our work here.
The LearnEnglish Team

I am very happy to write to learn English team . That is first time thanks for help and i want to find some English friend to talk to him .

Hi team,
Thanks for your good work,I can access to this video from China now.

Hi Alice,
We're very happy to hear that! We hope you enjoy watching them.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

This website is a great way to learn english and the british accent. I am learning a lot of British culture in here. I think Britain is the best place where you can go and develop your career , it's a cultural place with an interesting history , and i'm waiting forward to learn more and more from this website . 

Hello Xhesika,
We agree - we think Britain is a great place, too! Thanks for your kind comment and we hope you continue to learn from this website.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am from Bosna and i now some history from my native language....
I think i can read middle english,but i cant understood evrything,i think i try one time with  Shakesper or we say for this man "to be or not to be"...And i think from this point to future english will not change a lot,only we will inovate some new words...
And also thanks on this report,it is really intersting and easy to understend...

Hello Armand Assante!
Glad you like the video, and I'm impressed you've read some Shakespeare - a lot of English people find Shakespeare difficult!

As for the future of English I mostly agree - we add hundreds, even thousands, of new words to English every year. However, there are some signs that English grammar is simplifying (we no longer use whom very much, for example) and International English (when two non-native speakers talk together) is also changing the language. We'll still be reporting on the changes here at LearnEnglish, though!

Jeremy Bee

hello everybody,
Why can't I hear this video smoothly? can you help me please?