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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


Hello greendream!
Sorry to hear you're having problems - the video plays for me OK! Have you tried starting the video and then pausing it again while the video downloads all the way? It takes a bit longer, but this may help.

Let me know if you're still having problems, and I'll try to help some more!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team 

Hi Jeremy Bee,
Thanks for your help so much, I had got it.

It is the first time I have heard from this amazing. I really like British English.

Hello tahieryshekib!

Thank you for your kind words - glad you like the site! Enjoy your stay.

Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

this is the first time I have heard from this amazing. I really like British voice =p. Thanks 4 sharing

Hi, everyone!
Jeremy Bee, Adam J K, or any other from "The Learn English Team", could you help me please? I got a doubt on "lots".
Mr. Roger Walshe says on video: "Well, there's lots of reasons".
I have looked up on Cambridge and Oxford dictionaries for explanations, also online, and I just can’t understand the reason why Mr. Roger Walshe said “there’s lots of reasons” instead of “there are lots of reasons”, now that “lots” and “reasons” are in plural. I have looked up this word “lots” on this website and have found “lots” being used with “there are” and never with “there is”. Why did it happen? Why did Mr. Roger Walshe use “lots of reasons” with “there’s”?
Thanks a lot for the explanation.

Hi Rilton,
As I wrote to you when you asked your last question (on the Knowledge is Great page), it's important to remember that the people in these videos are speaking spontaneously and not writing. Therefore, they may say things that are not perfect English.
Strictly speaking, you are right and the correct form is 'There are lots of reasons'. However, it's quite normal to hear people in informal spoken English use there's, probably because it's just easier to say.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Great! I love this website. It is very clear and practical

Can't we download it?

Hello margpato!
I'm happy you like our Britain is Great videos enough to download them! Unfortunately, however, for legal reasons, we cannot put these videos up for download, although you are welcome to watch them as many times as you like on our site. You can download the transcript and exercises though - just click on the links under the video!
If you want to be able to practice English offline or using an mp3 player, some of our recordings can be downloaded. Try our Elementary Podcasts, for example.
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team