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


Hello Ivy,
Thanks for you comment. What do you mean by 'MV'? I'm afraid I don't know that term.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

The word "MV" is just the abbreviation of "music video". Chinese always use this word. I think it is not proper to describe this video.

Both English and Britain are great. I like both of them^^

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Albanian language is one of the oldest languages in the world. I am very proud to speak it. I don't think that I could read very well Middle English because it would be very difficult. I don't think that English will change in the future. Thank you!

Found this website by searching on my iPad.haha I like British accent best but instead of I got mixed accent.As many of you know Chinese accent sounds like.:) I am kindly like this website for study English and I would like to tell more people about it. Happy lantern festival !!

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