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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

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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 have one question in the sentence ( I do shake hands with my mother) the verb ( do ) here is used for confirmation, isn't it? And can I use it sny time ?
Thank you

Hello Sherin Hussein,

Yes, that is correct. The emphasis here is important because the speaker wants to exaggerate for comic effect - it is a joke, after all.

You can use this form when you want to emphasise something. It's especially useful when correcting or clarifying something.

Really? You live in New York now? I don't believe you!

Honestly, it's true - I really do live in New York.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks alot Peter for explanation

Actually I haven't met English people before, but as I heard in the podcast from Tess and Ravi about the British prople, I think they are right, as they can describe their country snd its people very well, and about my country Egypt, I have to say that Egyptian people are so friendly, kind and warm, they like to speak to each other in the puplic trasport even if they don't know each other, they like to help each other, they are simple and kind

I come from VietNam. There are actually very nice things in my country. People are friendly and sociable. If you are lost on the street, you can ask any people and they will help you to identify your destination. English language is not common in here especially in small city , it is difficult for any guests coming here, but hand-action maybe turn out your idea one. Besides that, alone crossing the street is very dangerous because there are very less allowed cross-areas and other hand that is many moto-bike here, and sometimes they run very fast and don't catch up views and what is going on. I can say it is bad transportation. I think be careful in other country is always best thing you need to do. I would recommend anyone who ever or never come to VietNam to see the reality what I said the people. VietNam is the good heaven for relaxing I think.

I'm a french canadian .When I think of trends launched in UK I've wondered if British are so reserved .

Hello, I'm from Asturias in the north of Spain. Perhaps we're more similar to British than people from other parts of my country.

Hello everyone I think Carolina and Jame should speak with Cameron about kissing to another woman what was it ,was it real or something maybe he was drunk and then they must to tell her.people have to give another people chance to correct mistakes. I just read the British people ,when I think of the UK on my mind comes Big Ben Tower bridge Diana princess of wales.In my country Georgian people are very friendly kind and hospitable,for example when guests wants to come they just comes ,they did not ask us if we have time for guests I mean not only family members,It is mentality and tradition ,but now slowly everything is changing tradition and mentality and I am glad.did I write correct?

Hello tamuna1,

Thank you for writing this - it's very interesting. We don't check writing for our users, as we simply don't have the time to do it for so many people, but many people will read what you have written now you have posted it.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I don't know a much about British people. In my country's people are divers.