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Four Nations

Nick discusses the culture and traditions of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear Team,
Firstly, could you tell me, please, what does ''a very large post.'',mean in this content?
Secondly, could you correct in 1:54 speaking-"Assembly'' instead of ''Parliament''?
Ever sincerely, Nicoslado.

Hello Nicoslado

A 'caber' is a long wooden pole. A 'post' is a long pole, usually stuck in the ground. I'd say it's a bit more accurate to call a caber a pole than a post, but of course that's what Nick said when the video was recorded.

I've changed 'Parliament' to 'Assembly' -- thanks, as always, for letting us know about that.

Best wishes


The LearnEnglish Team

very informative. thanks. i almost finish all of these "Word on the street" listening series. This "Lochness" is the last section.

I live in London and I m very proud of this because I love this city and I love English people, they are really friendly and accommodative. I feel well here and I hope to visit Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well!

Hello Team.
1. I am used to studying
2. I was used to studying
3. I used to study
I've understood the difference between 1 and 3 but I can't catch the difference between 2 and 3.
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you in advance.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

This topic is explained on this page.

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Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team 

England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

I think they all wanted to get their independence.

Turkey is on Anatolia and there were many empires on it before. Because of that, there are many different things at different regions.

I think the UK is formed by England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Isn't it?

I think countries are diverse due to people's origen, they have differents customs, accent, history and the geography has great influence in the way that they live.

In my country some people came from Africa, others are native from here Honduras and many are mix from indigenous and Spanish or British with natives.

Hello Nusly Martinez,

England, Scotland and Wales make up Great Britain.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make up the United Kingdom, which is a political state.

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland make up the British Isles, which is a geographical term, not a political state.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Very useful informations about UK. I have learnt a lot of new things.