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.

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 order

Task 3 - 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.