Tess & Ravi

Adam and Rob discuss your favourite times of day. Also, Tess and Ravi talk about something British people love, but most people hate!

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How do you feel about queuing?

If you’ve been to Britain, do you think it’s true what Tess and Ravi said – are the British good at queuing? 

How about queues in your country? Do people queue up politely or do they jump the queue? Do you jump the queue?

We’d love to hear from you - write your answers in the comments.


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Intermediate: B1



About queuing in Germany.
People usually don't jump the queue in Germany and they are usually polite.
An exception is when they can save a lot of money. For example a shop opens for the first time and the prices are let's say are 25 per cent cheaper than normal. Then the people would queue up the day before to get the best bargains. It's likely that the crowd starts to panic so that the police have a lot to do. The public usually blames the owners of the shop for the trouble.


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Hello!I am Béatrice, from France;in my coutry,people usually don't like queuing!and some of them try to jump...I think it's not very polite;life in society needs respect of others and patience..As Jone said ,queuing with smartphone is more pleasant!But it's also the opportunity of speaking with people who are close to you!Thank you a lot for these courses!I try to improve "upon(?)"my english language!!!Sorry for the mistakes...

there's queueing in my country Algeria in almost every daily behavior, but in many times there's those who try to jump the queue so many people are ot polite concerning it

Hello everbody,
When the smartphone has not been produced, I very hate queuing. But, now I have smartphone, I can enjoy the queuing process. I can see the movie or read facebook, news, etc. Sometimes I do not want moving forward, because the movie not end yet. So I think in my country, We have smartphone in the queues, people would more polite than before.

queuing is a exercise of patient for me. In Brazil the people jump the queue that is a problem. For the Brazilian is necessary a polite course where teach good manner and patient are principal topics. I don't know the britain but I hope that will be all that Ravi and Tass spoke them.

If there is a group of people worshiping; one man is leading the worship, others follow him copying him. Can we say, "People read worship after him." or in place of 'after' we should use 'following'?

Hello xhansid,

'read worship' is not a common collocation in English, so I'm not sure what to recommend. You could perhaps say 'People worship following his example', though I'm not sure if that's exactly what you mean.

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If I am sitting in a park and my face is towards east where there is a bookshop ; will I say:
I am sitting facing the bookshop OR I am sitting in direction to the bookshop OR I am sitting in direction of the bookshop OR I am sitting with my face to the bookshop?