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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

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


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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


I also hate queuing, yesterday i waited in the bank. it's so boring!

I hate queues! People are very rude and the wait is so boring.

Waiting matters more than the length of the wait.

How about queues in your country? Do people queue up politely or do they jump the queue? Do you jump the queue? In Brazil most people don't stand politely in queues.they are always jumping it.I never do it.I like to respect the rules.

Hi there !
Please, could you explain the difference between “to be upset about” and “to be upset with” ? In the task 5 appeared following example: “His wife left him last year and he's still upset about it.” In other texts I have seen “to be upset with”, not with preposition “about”. I guess (but I’m not sure) that “to be upset about” is used related with a situation and “to be upset with” is used in connection with a person.
“I’m upset with you. “
“I’m upset about it (about your behaviour etc ).”
Thank you very much for all your hard work !

Hello clauvera2016

Yes, what you suppose is correct: with 'upset', normally we use 'about' to speak of a situation and 'with' to speak about a person.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi! I don't like queuing. In my country a lot of people are rude and jump the queue, of course there are some polite people who don't. I never jump the queue. I like queuing just if I’m waiting to get into a concert, I wake up as early as possible to start making the queue, I really enjoy this kind of queue but If I’m at the bank I prefer just take a turn and then wait sitting. I’m patient if the queue is for a really good restaurant, but my dad hates queuing, so I have to queue by myself and then I call my parents when the queue is getting shorter.

I’m not from those who hate queuing so much, I’d say just don’t’ like it. The positive side of when you’re at some queing there can be those you can speak to with such as your old friend or just a person you can make a friend with. The negative side of any queuing I suppose everybody know is waiting I dislike as others.
I’ve never been to England before so I can say nothing about how British people treat to queuing. At any rate I tend to believe to Tess and Ravi.
If to tell about how people treat to this here in Russia, I tend to affirm that in most cases people try to jump the queuing always being impaitient as if nobody cares how long you stand and what you think about it. Surely, for instance when you are in the hospital on your medical check and there is necessity to go in and out to some doctor for a while (for several seconds exactly) just to stamp, people who are at queuing this moment protest you to do it. So what can I do this situation? Should I stand for a lot just for a stamp? On the contrary those who tries to jump the queuing for just not to spend lot of their time visiting a doctor (I mean not for a while like I said about me for a stamp) I reproach. At every queuing there are always somebody who tries to jump and nobody knows whether he or she gonna lie for their own advantage.

Hello, how are you doing? Well as for me, queuing it is a necessary thing in our life so we could waste a time when standing there. I am a pity for it and honestly speaking I can't stand it as well Adam. Eventually I want to say about queuing in Russia. Fortunately, I don't spend my time here often and never jump a queue but a lot of people do it many times. Russian are said to be rude and unpolite- this is true, trust me. Well, I have to go, see you. Have a happy life.

I think queuing should be a good thing to do. I hate people who jump the queue. That is really rude and impolite. It look like stealing other's time. In my country, people become more awareness of standing in line than before. Sometimes some people try to jump the queue but they are warned by others immediately. This is a good sign though.