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Transcript of UK culture
The UK, The British Isles, Britain or England?
UK's national anthem
Received Pronunciation, often abbreviated to RP, is an accent of spoken English. Unlike other UK accents, it's identified not so much with a particular region as with a particular social group, although it has connections with the accent of Southern England. RP is associated with educated speakers and formal speech. It has connotations of prestige and authority, but also of privilege and arrogance.
RP is still the accent generally represented in dictionaries which give pronunciations, and it's also used as a model for the teaching of English as a foreign language.
FOOTBALL (working class)
Most popular sport
Thousands of clubs - Premier League (20)
‘A gentlemen’s game played by hooligans’
RUGBY UNION (middle and upper classes)
Born in 1823 in the ‘Rugby School’
Played in boarding schools
‘A hooligans’ game played by gentlemen’
National sport in the summer
One match can last up to 5 days
British tea culture
The British are one of the largest per
capita tea consumers in the world
Light meal typically eaten between 15h and 17h
Bottom tier = Sandwiches (cucumber, salmon and ham)
Middle tier =
& white small bread with
m and jam
Top tier =
s and sweets
It is believed that the custom goes to Anna, Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th century. The usual habit of serving dinner between 8 and 9 pm left the Duchess hungry by late afternoon. To stave off the hunger, she would order tea, bread and butter and cakes to be served in her room. Later on she would invite friends to join her at her home and the light tea was such a success the habit caught on.
= Public House
Image of British social life
No class differences
Runes (Fuþork = Futhork)
þ = Th > The = Ye
Oldest pub in England
What's Ireland national plant?
Name two symbols can we find on the T-shirt of the English national football team
Can you complete this famous song by Elton John?
Goodbye England’s _____________
What’s the geographical term that covers both Britain and Ireland?
What kind of tea is builder’s tea?
What’s the most popular sport in Britain among the upper-middle classes?
How does the UK national anthem begin?
What’s the name of the meal typically
eaten on Sunday?
Name 3 types of food that we can eat at afternoon tea
What does the word pub mean?
What is the name of the standard English pronunciation typically found in the Southeast of England and among the upper classes?
Fish and chips
Which is the most common pub name?
What's the name of the UK flag?
Hermione : Oh, honestly, Ron. If you ask me, Divination is a very woolly discipline. Now, Ancient Runes, that's a fascinating subject.
Ron : Ancient Runes ? Exactly how many classes are you taking this term ?
Hermione : A fair few.
Ron : Hang on. That's not possible. Ancient Runes is in the same time as Divination. You have to be in two classes at once.
Hermione : Don't be silly, Ronald. How could anyone be in two classes at once ?
Tea is usually black tea served with milk (never cream) and sometimes with sugar. Strong tea served with lots of milk and often two teaspoons of sugar, usually in a mug, is commonly referred to as
. Much of the time in the United Kingdom, tea drinking is not the delicate, refined cultural expression that the rest of the world imagines—a cup (or commonly a mug) of tea is something drunk often, with some people drinking as many as 6 or more cups of tea a day.
Employers generally allow breaks for tea.