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 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¡

Hello everybody i m from Senegal ( Dakar) ; I m student in marketing and communication. But , I have much matters to speak English very well. So I Would to Know if someone can help me for have the good grammar and vocabulary in that language? Thanks 

Thank you very much,
your service is incredibly useful and is for everyone, rich and poor people!

Hello Gale,
Thank you for your kind words - that's our aim for LearnEnglish!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you for this video. it's great

It's a great video.
Thank you

I like the information on British council, but for the MV, can not we download them ? can you help ?