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Episode 07

Adam and Rob discuss your favourite times of day. Also, Tess and Ravi talk about something British people love, but most people hate!

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How do you feel about queuing?

If you’ve been to Britain, do you think it’s true what Tess and Ravi said – are the British good at queuing? 

How about queues in your country? Do people queue up politely or do they jump the queue? Do you jump the queue?

We’d love to hear from you - write your answers in the comments.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi Adam ,iwant to thank you ,the episod is very useful.first about Tess and Ravi said, yes its true british very very good queuing . i spend in london for one year and i learned to respect queuing from british they are very polite and tidy .but in my  country never respect queuing and most of people jump queue and i m sorry to say that but its true

Come, come here, Adam and Rob!
Here in Italy "jumping the queue" is our favourite national sport! I remember when I was young that if you were waiting outside the university canteen and ten or more friends of yours saw you there, they could take place in the queue beside you without problems! Now, in many public offices we have to take the number ticket to avoid... jumping the queue. But you know we Italians are really creative,so... horribile visu (horrible to see it), you can see particularly elder people, after having taken their ticket number in a post office, for instance, seeking among the rubbish for a number ticket got rid of by someone that gave up and so... jumping the queue again!
To be honest, the queue is one of many reasons I like the British style of life...

I hate queuing. I'm usually queuing when I'd get a ticket film at the weekend moreover if I'd like to watch box office film but I'm not typically people who like jump the queue but some people still do that and I hate them. Mostly they do because the situation at the queuing is uncomfortable perhaps.
I'd like to say, the people who have been queuing all day mostly to get a ticket football match in my country then if they don't get it (because of sold out!) - they get mad! In addition they ruin all stuffs in there. I think football fans in my country mostly are hooligans.

Hi there, I am from Indonesia too. I thought that queue in our country is not so common, unless in a super market, bank, buy a ticket and in offices. Never queue for the football ticket myself though. Cheers!

Yeah, it is funny things. I'm your neighbor for some time, I live in Ireland from about 3 months and I see that Irish people also like queuing! They have much patience in every supermarkets and they are polite to each other. I thing this is because from the child they are learning those behavior. My son just start school here and in the morning and after every brake they must queue and wait for the teacher, only then they can go into the school.
When it comes to my country I still remember the times of communism when there wasn't nothing on the shelves in the shops. They delivered coffee or sugar or even toilet paper (!) once in a while. I was a little girl then, so me and my sister queued on the day of delivery from the morning to keep an eye on the queue. Then our grandmother coming and buying the stuff. There was actually a great opportunity to meet your neighbor, have a chat. Nobody was in a hurry... Yeah ... those were the old times...
By the way I'm so happy I've found this website. Great job The LearnEnglish Team!!!

Hi, everybody. I'm Necdet from Turkey. We queue up to wait bus, to pay bill, and for everything. The people don't queue up politely. Someone jump the queue and other one tells him or her, you musn't do this, after this they start to argument. I don't jump the queue, I wait my turn.

Don't mention that. In China, people always jump the queue in order to save time. I hate that and I never jump the queue because that's a behaviour of low quality. Sometimes other queuers who don't jump the queue will get angry with those who do that, but it seems like nothing to the queue-jumpers, and they just do what they want to do.

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Hi. I hate the queue. I try to not participating in this, but sometimes its very hard. I often queue for train tickets - not all train company in Poland have the purchase possibility by net.

Hi everyone!
I hate queuing up because I hate waiting! But I haven't ever jumped the queue.  So I detest those who jump the queue. This kind of behavior is very impolite and unfortunately, it is  frequent in my country.
I know people that queue up quietly when they are in London, because in London they have to queue for all and this is very polite so they are very polite. But they are the same as try to jump the queue when they are in Italy! This is extremely impolite!