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English is GREAT - Part 1

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


 if i find vedios with a link that says 'Can't see video? Click here',it is my blessing.i can enjoy any i wish that you could link a link to every great vedio.then many thousands of chinese can watch them.i know it depends on your hard work.and our joy of learning about english cultures depends on your hard work.
thank you.

Thanks for letting us know the link works for you, adamlsp!

Asd I said, we're working on adding more videos to the system, so please be patient. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the site!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

How can I download the video?

Hello Patricia!
I'm glad you like our materials enough to want to download them! Unfortunately, these Britain is Great videos are not currently available for download. However, you can download some of our other materials, like our Business Magazine podcasts. Just go to the page you're interested in, and download the mp3 from there.
Enjoy the rest of the site!
Jeremy Bee
The Learn English Team