Read texts with a UK focus. Learn about UK culture and practise your reading at the same time.

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How many languages can you speak? British people are generally not very good language learners. In a recent survey, 62 per cent of the population only speak English! 

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Are you good with money? Read the text to find out about British teenagers and their cash!

Watch videos with a UK focus. Learn about UK culture and practise your listening at the same time.

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Richard leaves Oxford Street and the big shopping areas to find some interesting specialist shops and markets. We hear from a photographer who has his own market stall, and London shoppers tell us what they like.

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What do you think of as typical British food? Roast beef? Fish and chips? Tea and cakes? Or maybe there's more to British food than that? Check out this video to find out about what people in the UK are eating these days.

In this section you can watch animated videos of five of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. You can also read short stories and poems written by British authors.

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Prospero was once the ruler of Milan, but he has been trapped on an island with his daughter for 12 years. When he uses his magic to create a violent storm, we see that he has a plan for his enemies.

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Cold Knap Lake is a poem by Gillian Clarke, a poet from Wales. The poem is based on a real memory from her childhood. 

Watch short films created by young people in the UK and practise your listening at the same time.

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One day at Sawston College a dangerous virus breaks out and students and teachers at the school turn into zombies. However, one student, Geoff, has five tips for surviving at zombie school.

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Zara knows what she wants for her future. But first she has to talk to her mum ...

Listen to new, British music from the British Council's Selector music radio show and practise your English at the same time.

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CHAMPS is a band from the Isle of Wight. They have appeared on the British Council's Selector music radio show. 'Down Like Gold' is the name of this song and it's also the name of their first album.

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Honne are a British electronic-soul duo from Somerset in the UK. They have performed on the British Council's Selector music show. This song is called 'I Can Give You Heaven' and is taken from the EP 'Over Lover'.

Read articles adapted from the British Council's science magazine, Cubed. Learn about the world of science and research in the UK and practise your English at the same time.

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Are you interested in architecture? Have you ever thought about how the outside of a building could help the environment? Read this article to find out about research into buildings that can collect water and create energy. 

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How many different emotions do you think you can communicate to people with your face? Do you have the same facial expressions as people from different cultures? Read this to find out what scientists have just discovered about this fascinating topic.

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