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British culture, customs and traditions

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Great Britain
Great Britain is made up of:
England - The capital is London.
Scotland - The capital is Edinburgh .
Wales - The capital is Cardiff.
British language
Behaviour
Royal family
Food
Drinking habits
Afternoon tea (traditional 4 o'clock): this is a small meal, not a drink. Traditionally it consists of tea (or coffee) served with either of the following:
Freshly baked scones served with cream and jam (Known as a cream tea)
Afternoon tea sandwiches - thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
Assorted pastries
British culture, customs and traditions
Bank holidays/celebrations
British bank holidays are public holidays and have been recognised since 1871.
The name Bank Holiday comes from the time when banks were shut and so no trading could take place.
There are 8 bank holidays in th UK: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Early May bank holiday(2 May), Spring May bank holiday(30 May), Summer bank holiday(30 August), Boxing Day, Christmas Day
Superstitions
Lucky to meet a black cat.
Unlucky to spill salt.
Unlucky to pass someone on the stairs.
If you drop a table knife expect a male visitor, if you drop a fork a female visitor.
two or three ravens together is considered really bad.

Sport
The most popular sports in Great Britain:
Symbols of England
red double-decker buses
British sense
of humour
football (soccer)
cricket
golf
tennis
swimming
cycling
The British are masters of the understatement.
excitement: “that’s nice” ,“I'd say, that’s rather good”
anger, unhappiness: “a spot of bother”, “unfortunate” ,“a jolly bad show”

Understatements
'Bob's your uncle' : sth will be successful.
'Gordon Bennett' : an exclamation of surprise
'Do you want a brew?': do you want some tea?
a rip off: too expensive
be second to none: to be the best
British slang
knackered: tired, worn out
bloody: mostly used as an exclamation of surprise i.e. "bloody hell".
bollocks: typically used to describe something that is no good (that's bollocks) . It is also used in a positive manner to describe something that is the best"the dog's bollocks"
Dodgy: suspicious
Hanky panky: making out
Spend a penny: to go to the bathroom.
Squiffy: feeling a little drunk.
Wonky: shaky or unstable

British idioms/ sayings

queuing
the English are said to be reserved in manners, dress and speech. They say ,,sorry” and ,,thank you”a lot.
british people love talking about the weather
you may be called by many different 'affectionate' names
when you are first introduced to someone, shake their right hand with your own right hand.
Famous artists
Amy Winehouse
The Rolling Stones
The Beatels
William Shakespeare
J.K Rowling
Charles Dickens
black taxi cabs
pillar boxes
telephone boxes
London Eye
Big Ben
Shrove Tuesday
Shrove Tuesday has traditionally been one final day of preparation before lent starts. Nowadays it is more commonly known as Pancake Day.
Any Tuesday from February 3rd to March 9th.
April Fools’ Day (April 1st)
On April 1st each year everyone plays pranks (or tricks/practical jokes) on each other until midday.
Boxing Day (December 26th)
This is the day after Christmas day. It is a public holiday that these days most people in the UK use to see family, go shopping or watch some of the various sporting events that happen.
Bonfire Night (November 5th)
This night commemorates an attempt to blow up the English Houses of Parliament hundreds of years ago by a man called Guy Fawkes. He wasn’t successful and all that came out of it now is a spectacular evening of bonfires and fireworks each year.
A man asked for a meal in a restaurant. The waiter brought the food and put it on the table. After a moment, the man called the waiter and said:

"Waiter! Waiter! There's a fly in my soup!"

"Please don't speak so loudly, sir," said the waiter, "or everyone will want one."
What is the longest word in the English language?
"Smiles". Because there is a mile between its first and last letters!
A man walks into a doctor's office. He has a cucumber up his nose, a carrot in his left ear and a banana in his right ear.
"What's the matter with me?" he asks the doctor.
The doctor replies, "You're not eating properly."
Full English Breakfast
Bread and Butter Pudding
Sunday Roast
Fish and chips
Yorkshire Pudding
Haggis
Jane Austen
prepared by: Ola Gołuchowska, Karolina Niziołek and Agnieszka Siekańska
Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Philip
Born:1921
Title: Duke of Edinburgh
He married Elizabeth II in 1947
Born:1926
Title: Queen
Coronation 1952
Prince Charles
Born: 1948
Title: Prince of Wales
Position in the line of succession
to the throne: 1st
1st wife: Lady Diana Spencer (1981-96)
2nd wife: Camilla Parker Bowles (since 2005)
Born:1961 Title: Princess of Wales
She died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Princess Diana
Prince William
Born: 1982
Title: Duke of Cambridge
Position in the line of succession
to the throne: 2nd
he studied at St Andrews University
he married Kate Middleton in 2011 (2 children: George and Charlotte)
Prince Harry
Born: 1984
Title: Prince of Wales
Position in the line of succession to the throne: 5th
military training
British War against Afghanistan in 2007
Zara Tindall (Phillips)
Born: 1981
Title: -
Position in the line of succession to the throne: 16th
equestrian competitions (silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics)
she married Mike Tindall in 2011 (daughter Mia Grace)
the most popular sport in Great Britain
don't call it 'soccer' when you are in GB ;)
over 2 million people participate it at least once a week
in 2013 and 2014 around 1.87 million people participating
very technically difficult
Wimbledon Championship (Andy Murray won it in 2013)
one player ‘bowls’ a ball at some wooden ‘stumps’, another player has to try and hit the ball with a bat without being caught by the bowler’s team mates
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