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How to understand the difference between the UK and Great Britain

Learn the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


there is some problem with video. it doesn't opened..(

Hello A.G.,

The video is working for me now. Perhaps there was a momentary problem when you were trying to see it, but in any case I'd suggest you install the Adobe Flash Player on your device, even if you already have it installed. This should solve the problem. If not, please let us know.

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The LearnEnglish Team

The beginning sentences were the most difficult for me because of the speed.

Hello JJF,

I just wanted to point out that our How to videos all have a Transcript (underneath the Task), which can be useful if there are some sentences that are too fast to understand at first. And, by the way, don't worry, this is normal – listen to difficult things several times and try to pronounce those bits. This will help you develop both your listening and speaking skills.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I think it is hard to catch what the man is speaking. His accent is difficult to hear. Do I undertand right that Britian is like England, Scotland or Wales ? Anyway thanks to the video I learn what is the difference between the U.K and Great Britain, really compplicated . It is a useful lession giving me good knowledge.

Hello JackQuy,

There's a transcript towards the bottom of the page (above the comments), where you can see in writing what the man and woman say. That might help you understand it better. The video on our Four Nations page might also help you – and notice there's a transcript there, as well.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, Im new on this page, I don't get so clear the meaning of "a bit of England?", its meaning like "similar"?

Hi Zitorus,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! The phrase 'a bit of' is informal and it means 'a small part of'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody.

Is it possible to download this video?