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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!

Tess & Ravi

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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



In my country ( Dominican Republic), usually some people prefer jump the queue and produce anger situacion with the other people.
Buth the reason is same, "Nobody like queuing".

I hate queuing! It's a lot of lost time. If there is a big queue it's because the service is bad or people are insane, like when they queue up for days to buy tickets for shows, why don't buy through internet it's more easy.
I've never been to Britain, but I read some books that describe British as good at queuing and they are also very polite. About my country (Brazil) I would like to say the same, but in my city (São Paulo) people like jump the queue and when this happen it's better to be away or you could get hurt.

in my country, people can make tidy queue. people do not jump queues. If someone do that, he would be seen coldly from people in the queue. although people feel angry in mind, they do not complain about it directly to him because it is our country charactaristic and commonsense to observe queue up without instruction.
it is funny that british have a reputation as people who can enjoy queuing up. It makes me want to join the year-clearance-sale queue after Christmas!!

good evening,

how are you?

well, I hate queues too, above of all in the bank. Recently, I've learned to do my bank's activity on the internet, in other words, I killed this queue. Would you mind answering a doubt? what is the best word to describe bank routine?

See you soon,

Caio Carvalho

Hi, sorry my English is not good !!
I'm Italian and in my country people dislike queuing, they are boried especially at the bank or at the office post.

I think that it is not easy to wait in queues and is not interesting, but it is good because we know when is our turn and everyone should stay and wait. I do not like when somebody comes last and thinks that he have good reason to be first. And I have a question about difference between can't stand and can't bear.


I'm looking for some assistance regarding uses of prepositions, how to use 'in, at, for, from' properly ?
In this podcast, I tried to learn use of in and at for example;
at a bus stop
at an airport
at a station
at a shop
in a bank
in a restaurant
in a post office

My question is - why 'at' used with shop and 'in' use with bank? and rest all..



Hi Zaigham,

The choice here is not dependent on the place (bank or shop), but rather your own location vis-à-vis that place:

  • 'in' means 'inside the building', and we can say 'in a bank' and 'in a shop'.
  • 'at' means 'at that location', and is more general.  We can say 'at the bank' or 'at the shop' and it tells us the location in more general terms - we could be inside the shop, outside the shop, in front of the shop, near the shop etc.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Peter, it helps me. Thanx.

I've been in UK for 3 weeks and found they British are really polite and very calm in queues. But in my country - not all the people really like queues, until and unless they are bound to. Jumping the queues is common as well by making excuses of urgency etc.