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Episode 05

How would you describe the British character? Tess and Ravi consider whether the British are reserved, while Jo and Adam look at negative prefixes.

Tess & Ravi

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


Leave a comment below!

  • What do you think – are the British reserved? Are the British more reserved than other nationalities?
  • What do people say about people from your country? Do they think you’re friendly – and is it true?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I only met a few British people, despite those who I knew were a bit reserved, they seem to me not as much reserved as other people of other nationalities, maybe it could be a cultural thing, because they grow up there in England and learned to be that way from their parents. It's a bit curious that British people prefer to live in houses rather than flats, I didn't know that. Here most of the people use to live in flats because it's more cheap, most of the young people live in flats because they cannot afford to live in a house with garden.
People use to say that we're very friendly, here you can talk to everyone that you don't know very well in the street or in a bus stop and comment a casual situation on the bus or with the taxi driver, although there are some people whom prefer to be more reserved with strangers I think in general most of the people is friendly here, in the street you can ask for directions to anyone and most of the people will help you to get there with the right indications, for instance, no matter where the person's from, we use to organize parties and reunions to welcome new colleagues at work when someone start working with us.

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Hi my friends ;)

I think that British people are kind, polite and reserved. I have lived in London for a couple of years but I do not have British friends. However when I am lost in the city a British people always help me to find the way. Even if I do not ask for help. It is very kind.

I agree, British people do not talk too much in trains and Tube. Except for situations when someone is not wearing a mask in Tube. It provokes huge arguments about respect to the law and covid2019 restrictions.

However British people in Tube are more cheerful than Polish people traveling in Warsaw public transport.

I wish you and me good friends! ;)

I am just doing my home work. Have a good day everyone.

I didn't meet any british, when I was studying an english course I had an english teacher from Manchester. He was good and made some friends with students, especially women.
In Colombia people are very friendly, strangers could talk to you at any place, they can tell you all their life while you wait in a queue, and if you get along with them you could take a beer later. I’m different. I don’t like to tell my life to unknown people, and it is weird when everybody makes friends so fast and you don't.

Dear Team,
in Task 2, it's acceptable only this word order:''We take a long time to get to be real friends.....'', but why couldn't we say:''We take to get a long time to be friends....'', in order to avoid using in a row the same two forms(''to get- to be'').
Thanks a lot

Hello Nikoslado

I'm afraid 'take to get a long time' doesn't make any sense to me. In 'take a long time to get to be real friends', 'take' is used to express a length of time and 'to get' shows that there is process, i.e. in the beginning we are not real friends, but over a long time we become real friends.

Hope this helps you make sense of it.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I've understood it now, Kirk,thanks to you.It's a matter of correct expression in this case, if changing the row of the words.Thanks for your kindness.

ends I have not build relationship with british people before but I have idea I think british people unfriendly and reserved than other natiolites people in my country people very friendly and it is easy to make friends i think make friends depend on the culture and education and economic situation if the country rich and high education level people more reserved because they busy about their life . in other side poor country more open then rich

I think Arab people are very open people and they have very interesting customs and traditions. For instance, you will be considered as a member of their community if you stayed for 40 days with them. In addition, If you are a stranger, which is anyone who belongs to another city or country even if he is Arabian, and you want to ask someone about something then you visit him in his house, you will be a guest, and guest means that no one should ask you anything before three days. they will provide you accommodation and food for three days and after which you can ask for anything.
I think those traditions were changed a little bit nowadays because of the population explosion, wars and no one has time and money to do all of those welcoming procedures as well. But still it is very easy to make Arab friends and they will invite you to their houses immediately.

Hello everyone!I am brazilian and the people say We are very friendly.
Well,I think it is true,We are very friendly people and We make friends easily.In my opnion,We are a welcoming country!