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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


Hi, teacher. Could explain this sentence to me?
"The Parliament building is a work of art in itself!".. Does it mean that the building of the Parliament is full of art? or what? I hope you could make it clear..
And one more question, The video above said: "Now, both sides share power in the Northern Ireland assembly." What are 'both' referring to? Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland?
I'll wait your reply, sir. Thank you!

Hello fernandd,

The first sentence means that the building itself is a work of art. In other words, the building is beautiful, and would be valuable (like a work of art) even if it wasn't also something that people work in.

As I understand it, the two sides you ask about are the Unionists (who want Northern Ireland to remain a part of the UK) and the Nationalists (who want Northern Ireland to be united with the Republic of Ireland).  For many years there was armed conflict between these two sides, but they now share power in the Assembly.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

this vidéo is so amazing, it  represents the life in england and the traditionals , the civilization of many countries wow i am very impressed  i wish that i can visit england one day but the thing that i know thank to this vidéo i am going to make my english better  and better thank you british council.

mariam chubabria

Hello! Could you, please, explain why there's an indefinite article in the following sentence: "The English are a tolerant people."?! Thanks!

Hello Olga,
The word 'people' can be single or plural. (Check the online dictionary on the right for more information.) Here's it's being used in the singular form and so it needs an article. Does that help?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Sure, Adam, it does (a lot)! I appreciate your help! I've never seen this word being used in the singular form. Thank you!

In your web site "Word on the Street" videos I don't see the section "Seat on the Street" that is always transmitted by television instead. I find it very interesting and useful, especially for my school lessons. I hope you can help me about that.

Hi Linodip,
You asked the same question on another page and I answered it there. Please ask questions once only - it saves us time!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Adam
Gosh I can only imagine how difficult things must be in NY.
Thanks for your reply - the vid is now working here in the south of France.