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Social Media Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen discuss some common words used to talk about social media and different continuous forms.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


I saw 2 pillows which have the U.K flag whereas your actors was sating on them !
Isn't a bad manner?

Hello anasri,

This is really a question of how cultures are different in different countries. The flag of a country is a symbol of that country, but for people in the UK the image of the flag does not require special treatment; it is simply an image and it is not disrespectful to treat it in the way you describe. Of course, if someone took an image of the flag and acted provocatively with it then it would be insulting to many, but no particular veneration is required in normal everyday life.

For us a picture of the flag is not the same as the flag itself, and so it is seen on many things as simply a form of decoration. You can see the Union Flag (also called the Union Jack) on cups, clothes, pillows and many other things.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Actually I want to ask the team about this question but I’m really afraid because this a sensitive question. Do you see? The union jack derived from the flag of England and the flag of England is derived from St George's Cross? This is about religion’s symbol
would you like to explain this matter for us, please?

Hello fahri,

I don't think there is anything sensitive about the question. The origins of the English flag are historical and religious, but contemporary England is a secular country in which religion is a personal issue, not a politicial or legal issue. An individual can have any religion he or she wishes and practice that religion according to his or her conscience, but the country itself - the state, the legal system and the culture - are secular.

In a secular, multicultural country such as England any religious aspects to the flag are simply historical elements, no longer even remembered by the majority of people.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

hello friends
im new on this page and wanna lern english. what about u?

I think I can be of a good assistance,in case you are ready

hi!! i just can figure out what was rob saying in the last sentence . he said " i was saying! past continuous. and that's a nice.......... question". i can hardly hear the word ( a adjective, maybe?) between "nice" and " question" ! could you please help me out?? thanks

Hi northern96,

Rob says '...and that's a nice little expression'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

love Rob's voice most. how mild and understandable it is!!!!
love you british council!

Thank you very much