make a fuss

March 07, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in How Very English of You, Language Learning Tools

I usually don´t make a fuss but she is making a a massive fuss.

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Stiff upper Lip

March 07, 2014  Written by Gemma   Published in How Very English of You, Language Learning Tools

Read all about a stiff upper lips here

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Snowglobes

December 09, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?, How Very English of You

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It is a glass sphere with a miniature statue or scene inside. The inside is filled with water and white particles to represent snow. You shake up the globe and it looks like the snow is falling on the scene.

Candy canes

December 09, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Did You Know....?, How Very English of You

Did you know?

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Candy Canes were originally made to keep kids quiet during the church service when the choirmaster said they were too noisy during service. He asked the candy maker to make some sweet sticks for them and to ensure he could permit children to eat them during a religious event he put a crook on the top to represent shepherds stick.

This all happened in Cologne in Germany. This tradition spread throughout the world and was first mentioned in a published book in 1844.

Christmas Crackers

December 04, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in How Very English of You

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What is the Christmas cracker?

It is a tube of decorated paper twisted at both end. It makes a cracking sound when pulled at both end and breaks to reveal a prize.

Inside it sometimes has a little prize or a great prize depending on how much you spend for the set of crackers and sometimes has a Christmas joke and hat.

Christmas cracker was invented by Thomas Smith in 1846. He went to Paris and got the idea from sweets wrapped in paper when he returned to England he put chocolates inside paper and then slowly added jokes and expressions. He added chemically impregnated paper that makes a bang when pulled apart for an extra surprise.

50 English Traits

December 04, 2013  Written by Tim Sullivan   Published in How Very English of You

TOP 50 TYPICALLY BRITISH TRAITS

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1. Talking about the weather

2. Great at queueing

3. Sarcasm

4. Watching soaps

5. Getting drunk

6. A love of bargains

7. A love of curtain twitching

8. Stiff upper lip

9. Love of all television

10. Moaning

11. Obsession with class

12. Gossiping with neighbours over the garden fence

13. Obsession with the traffic

14. Enjoying other people’s misfortune

15. Inability to complain

16. Love of cheap foreign holidays

17. Working long hours

18. A soothing cup of tea to ease worries

19. Eating meat and two veg

20. Looking uncomfortable on the dance floor

21. Feeling uncomfortable when people talk about their emotions

22. Clever sense of humour

23. Obsession with property values

24. Pandering to political correctness

25. Road rage

26. Being unhappy with our weight

27. Wanting a good tan

28. Being proud of where we live

29. Not saying what we mean

30. The ability to laugh at ourselves

31. Washing the car on a Sunday

32. Taking the mickey out of others

33. Asking people about their journey

34. Inability not to comment on how other people bring up their children

35. Jealousy of wealth and success

36. Being overly polite

37. Texting instead of calling

38. An inability to express our emotions

39. Obsession with the Royal Family

40. Fondness for mowing the lawn

41. Love of rambling through the countryside

42. A love of all things deep fried

43. Emulating celebrity lifestyles

44. Leaving things to the last minute

45. Irony

46. Keeping our homes neat and tidy

47. Take decisions and accept the consequences

48. Achieving against all odds

49. Wanting our sportsmen / teams to fail

50. DIY on a Bank Holiday

 

 

What traits are most typical in your country????

The English Cab

November 28, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in Funny, How Very English of You

London´s traditional Black taxi cab – Hackney carriages

These traditional spacious cabs are well known throughout the world. Some people say that the cab was designed to be able to turn on a six pence piece, in other words, it has extra manoeuvability for the very busy streets of London.

Have you been in one? Send us some photos!

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The red telephone box

November 22, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in How Very English of You

The red telephone box, a telephone kiosk for a public telephone designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, is a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom, Malta, Bermuda and Gibraltar. The traditional British red telephone box can still be seen in many places throughout the UK .   The colour red was chosen to make them easy to spot.

The red phone box is often seen as an iconic symbol of England

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Can you think of any iconic symbols that represents your country?

Send them to us  and tell us what do they mean to you.

 

Grub

November 21, 2013  Written by Tim Sullivan   Published in How Very English of You

Grub – Food. I remember my Dad calling “grub’s up”, when dinner was ready as a kid. Example: “I´m really hungry, I want some grub”.  INTERESTING FACT: A grub is also the name given to an insect larva, but it is not usually eaten in English restauraunts :)

 

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A perfect afternoon treat-Cream tea

November 21, 2013  Written by Gemma   Published in How Very English of You

Have you ever read an older English novel and heard the reference cream tea and always wondered what it is.

Well, It is tea served with scones, clotted cream and strawberries or jam and even better news is that it´s amazing to eat.

Click on the picture for the recipe or next time you visit England give it a go!

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