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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


Hello natstrunina,

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I didn't know how complicated it is. I'm going to study abroad in Ireland, so I'm happy to know it.

the video is unavailable, i can't watch on my device :((

my friend and i want to learn english with british accent. i ever watch the video with other devices and it's still available, and it's really help us. dear british council team, can u help me to get some videos? thankyou :)

Hello alisa martiyana,

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Even in my country I found this very complicated. Often I mix what is parliament and what is government.

The media can't work,how can I try it?think you !

Hello Du Andy,

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Now it is clear, finally I can understand the difference. Thank you :)

i really want English in professional skill . i searched and found it , this website and it is so useful for me. but it is hard to understand the British pronunciation and a little bit weak in listening and speaking too. teacher , please advice me some courses that i should learn and show me the procedures.. thanks a lot ....

Hello MGbarry,

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