English Learning for Curious Minds

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Summary

Confused about the difference between Great Britain and The United Kingdom, and always wondered when to call someone British instead of English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish?

Let's clear it up, and explain how we got to this, admittedly, pretty complicated situation.

Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com

Show Notes

Confused about the difference between Great Britain and The United Kingdom, and always wondered when to call someone British instead of English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish? Let's clear it up, and explain how we got to this, admittedly, pretty complicated situation.

In today's episode we cover:

  • Bye bye European Union
  • Do people in the UK know the difference?
  • The UK vs. Great Britain
  • England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - countries or not?
  • Key events in the history of the formation of The United Kingdom
  • The British Isles (actually 6,000 islands)
  • Why is Great Britain 'Great'?
  • Why does England play at the football World Cup but Great Britain compete at the olympics?
  • When should you call someone British vs. English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish?
  • What might happen after Brexit?


Key vocabulary: Listing out, Tricky, Interchangeably, Generalise, Stereotype, In light of, Admittedly, Synonyms, Sovereign state, Counties, I wouldn't blame you, Parliament, Ultimately, Key, Unification, Tribes, Effectively, Withdrew, Recap, Comprised, Bailiwick, Conflicting, Distinguish, Ego, Abundantly, Compete, Catchy, Branding, Fiercely, Heritage, Offended, Bet, Long story short, Phenomenally, Plausible, Referendum, Inevitably, Misuses


Full transcript and key vocabulary available on the website www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/whats-the-difference-between-great-britain-and-the-united-kingdom

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English Learning for Curious Minds is a podcast aimed at intermediate level English speakers and above, where listeners learn fascinating things about the world while learning English.

There's no small-talk, no boring grammar exercises or vocabulary drills.

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It's English learning, but for curious minds.

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