People in the UK like to queue when they are waiting in places like the bank and post office. Watch the video, which focuses on how and why people queue in the UK and practise your speaking skills as you complete the activities.


Task 1 - comprehension

Task 2 - word stress

In natural, spoken English, we don’t say each sound with the same stress.

For example:

countries     Oo

behind    oO

everywhere    Ooo

Listen to the words from the video and match them to the correct stress pattern.

Task 3 - word order

Task 4 - your turn

Practise saying these sentences:

  • In the UK, people wait in queues.
  • In a queue, you wait your turn.
  • Join a queue at the end of the line.
  • It is rude to push in.
  • With queues, everybody gets a turn.
You can use your phone to record yourself speaking. Listen and record it again until you are happy.


In the UK, people wait in queues. When a lot of people want to do the same thing at the same time, they stand in a line and wait. People wait in queues at the bank. People wait in queues at the post office. People wait in queues at the shop. Queues happen everywhere! People in the UK like queues because it is polite to wait your turn. You join a queue behind the last person in the line of people. People in the UK think it is rude to push in front of other people. People who push in queues make other people very cross! In Britain, that is how people like to do things, but I don't think all countries have queues. Without queues, some people never get a turn. The best thing about a queue is that everybody gets a turn eventually. If you wait patiently, you will get to do what you want to do.



Think about a country you know well.

Do people like to wait in queues?

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In my country (Turkey) people don't like to wait in a queue. They are very impatient to wait in  queue just like people in the video. When I came in London I didn't know that I have to wait my turn .One day I wanted to buy a book in a bookshop and I didn't see people in the queue and passed in front of the first person. Of course they warned me and I really embarrassed.  

I've learned a lot of  things in the UK such as politeness, patience, to be able to wait in a queue... 

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In my country, Argentina, people is very impatient and agressive. When they´re waiting to take their turn they bacame really annoyed, specially in traffic jams!
To my point of view, it´s extremelly important to learn how to be polite, it´s not only good for us, but also to respect other people.

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In my country many people respect the queue but they don't like to be in a queue. They don't like to wait for their turn, so there are many problems. I respect people who respect others. Because it is polite to wait. Thank you for this lesson

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Here in my country, in Egypt, people fight instead of queuing. It's terrible.