Category Archive: News

Jan 25

Coronavirus – learn English news and vocabulary (Saturday 25 January)

catch a cold

get the flu (influenza)

norovirus /ˈnɔː.rəʊˌvaɪə.rəs/

coronavirus /kəˈrəʊ.nəˌvaɪə.rəs/


Other vocabulary:

immune system / respiratory system

outbreak / the virus breaks out

virus spreads between people / try to contain it (stop spreading)

death toll


Wuhan and other cities on lockdown

Lunar New Year

Via YouTube:

Jul 01

British English Listening Practice: Brexit

Listen to this short news report on BBC Radio 5 Live about Brexit (Britain leaving the European Union).

  1. What is the name of the UK Prime Minister?
  2. What is the name of the Brexit Secretary?
  3. What is the name of the Brexit Secretary’s ex-Chief of Staff?
  4. What particular element of the EU do they disagree on?

When you have finished, please check your answers here.

Jun 25

Eid Mubarak 2017 / Learn British English on Instagram

Happy Eid Mubarak!

Eid is the celebration at the end of the month of Ramadan.

Please follow Learn British English on Instagram.

Dec 08

Free English Lesson: Cambridge News (Vocabulary, Listening, Reading)

This is a lesson by Chris. Please read below the video and enable captions.

Title: Cambridge Rainbow vegetarian cafe does not accept new £5 note

(Original article changed by Chris)



New £5 note (slang: fiver)

Currency (noun): money

Animal products (noun): material made from parts of dead animals

Policy (noun): rules made by a company

Tallow (noun): a type of animal fat (animal product)

Bank of England: England’s central bank which controls our money

Ethical (adjective): someone or something that acts in the right way (with ethics)

Mystified (adjective): very confused

Repulsive (adjective): disgusting


Cambridge Rainbow vegetarian cafe does not accept new £5 note


A vegetarian cafe is refusing to accept the new £5 note after it emerged the currency contains animal products.


The owner of the Rainbow Cafe in Cambridge has put up signs warning customers about the policy.


There was anger from some vegetarians and religious groups when it was revealed the material used for the notes contains tallow – a type of animal fat.


The Bank of England declined to say whether it was the law to accept the notes.


The owner said she had made a “promise” to customers that the cafe was an ethical place.


“Tallow is an animal product. Our whole business is based around not having anything like that here,” she said.


The signs have been put at the cafe entrance.


She said she was “mystified” by the meat content in the currency, and added:


“This is so repulsive… we are actually going to have to say that we can’t accept the notes in our restaurant.”


Since the signs went up on Wednesday no customers had complained, she said.


Other questions


  1. Do you think the café is right? Why? Why not?
  2. Are you a vegetarian? Why? Why not?


Click here for the original news story.

Nov 25

Learn British English – Top English Language Blogs on the Internet

I’m delighted to announce that Learn British English has been placed amongst the top 50 English language blogs on the Internet, alongside Grammarly, ABA Journal and Pearson English


Jul 12

Theresa May, UK Prime Minister (video)

David Cameron steps down (resigns) on Wednesday

Theresa May is remain-supporting Conservative

Was Home Secretary, dealing with immigration amongst other matters

First female Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher, second overall

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn under pressure

Jul 07

British Political News (video): Theresa May vs Andrea Leadsom (Brexit)

Theresa May (Remainer) vs Andrea Leadsom (Brexiter)
Brexit (noun): British Exit – the UK’s exit from the EU
Remainer (noun): someone who wanted to remain in the EU
Brexiter (noun): someone who wanted to leave the EU


Jun 26

UK Referendum & Brexit News (video)

UK votes to leave the EU; to Brexit

UK will leave the EU in about two years’ time

Prime Minister David Cameron resigns

Many of the Labour party’s shadow cabinet have resigned today

Plenty of arguments about whether it was the right decision; immigration; economy; NHS

Scotland could try another independence referendum to stay in the EU


Jun 05

Learn British English Free: EU Referendum News (video)

Question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

BBC All you Need to Know:

Remain campaign “Britain Stronger in Europe”:

“Vote Leave” (“Brexit”):


Apr 03

50,000 Likes for the Facebook British English Page

THANK YOU from the Learn British English page on Facebook.

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