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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 am still not able to watch the videos,format doesn't match,i've been waiting for the technical improvement.Alice from China.

Hello Alice,
This is something we're still working on, but as you might know it can be hard for websites to reach China effectively. We wish it was easier, but that's how it is!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

The history of English is very interesting but the history of English is very complicated because it has been searched for many centuries and cultures and also banned in centuries  from XV to XX , so many hypothesis about where would it come from... is so rare is like comparing to questions of the last question relating to philosophy and metaphysics and these could go on..
Relating to read the middle English language is very difficult for me. likely for us,English language was taken over other languages that vanished from the preferences of the population and politics.
English has already changed the world. but I think every generation got the opportunity to make a change. 1978 called for a change in that time none thought that could ever been vanished the French language that was spread out around the world but, in this century is different the English language have the opportunity to make a step taking in account that the language will engaged us as a human being.

Hello!  I can't watch this video.I can only listen to it.
Do you know why?What program do I need to install?
Thanks in advance

Hello ilja!
That is an unusal problem! Do you mean you can hear the audio, but you can't see the pictures and video? I've not heard of that problem before, so, to help me, can you answer some questions?

  • Which web browser are you using? (Firefox, Internet Explorer...?)
  • What computer or phone are you using?
  • Have you tried any other videos on LearnEnglish? Try an episode of Word on the Street, for example.
  • Do you still have the same problem if you use a different computer?

Let me know the answers, and we'll see if we can help you!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

this is 1st i'm here to experience real english. i'm very excited. thanks so much.

hello guys...i'm glad because i'm learning,in my opinion i prefer the british english,his pronunciaton is easier than the american english.and it's very formal too.
nice website

Hi Folks,
I'm from Brazil. I'm glad to have found this website. In my opinion the British pronunciation is the best... I hope make some new friends here. Please, contact me! =)

it's so intrenting to learn......
wish luck

I can't understand this sentence ' we capture a snap shot of what the language is like', can anyone help me?