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British Culture
British Customs and British Traditions

These sections are in advanced English and are only intended to be a guide, and should not be taken too seriously!
They all have a dictionary look up - double click on any word to get an instant definition and often you can listen to the pronunciation too.

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A Taste of Britain

English clubs, theatres, shops and cinemas around the world
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April Fool

Just fooling around.
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Bank Holidays

What is a bank holiday?
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Bog Snorkeling

Yes. Snorkeling through a bog. Try it! You might like it!
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Bonfire Night

A penny for the guy?
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British Elections

There are five types of elections in the United Kingdom.
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British Houses

What is a typical British house like? This might surprise you.
British pop music

British Humour

Much is made about the British sense of humour, but what kind of humour do you mean?
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British Pop Music

How much do you know about British pop music? Oh and by the way "The Beatles" don't count!
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British Television

British Television is famous (rightly or wrongly) around the world.
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Burns' Night

Robert Burns is Scotland's favourite son and champion of the common people. Each year on January 25, the great man's presumed birthday, Scots everywhere take time out to honour a national icon.

 

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Buying a house

Making money on property is almost a national pastime nowadays, but buying a house in the UK leads to lots of new vocabulary - gazumping, mortgages, equity and lots more explained here.
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Candlemas(s)

A Pagan or Christian celebration.
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Christmas

Christmas celebrations.
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Clothes

Fashion and national costumes in the UK.
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Cricket

One of the most popular sports in Britain.
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Easter

Who is the Easter Bunny?
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Edinburgh Festival

One of the largest festivals in the world.
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Education

The education system in the UK.
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Food

Food in the UK, from the Great British Breakfast to Bangers and Mash and of course Cheese!
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Food Facts

20 quirky food facts.
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Formal Eating

Manners maketh the man!
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Business Lunches

Clinching the deal can sometimes mean doing the right thing over lunch.
Garden Party

Garden Parties

By invitation only.
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Glorious 12th

Not so glorious for the birds though.
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Good Friday

Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
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Goose Fair

Travelling fairs abound in the UK. This is one of the biggest.
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Halloween or All Hallow's Eve

Spooky! But not quite the same as the USA.
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Health in the UK

The NHS is is the publicly-funded healthcare system of the United Kingdom.
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Introductions and Greetings

Hi, how are you?
Jarrow March

Jarrow Crusades

On October 5th 1936 200 men set off to London to deliver a petition to protest against unemployment in Britain.
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La Feill Bhride

Otherwise known as St Bride's Day.
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Marriage and Weddings

British Wedding and Marriage Customs and Traditions
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Maundy Thursday

Commemorating 'The Last Supper'.
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May Day

No not a cry for help but a bank holiday.
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Money

The jangly stuff and the folding stuff.
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Mother's Day

Also known as Mothering Sunday.
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New Year

First footing?
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New Year Resolutions

Making New Year Resolutions
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Nursery Rhymes

Some nursery rhymes are a record of our history.
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Oak Apple Day

A day to celebrate British royalty.
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Remembrance Sunday

A time for peace.
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Royal Garden Parties

More tea?
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Rush Bearing

Rushbearings are still popular in Cumbria and other parts of north-west England.
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Shopping

The changing face of shopping in the UK.
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Shrove Tuesday

Otherwise known as Pancake Day.
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St David's Day

The patron saint of Wales.
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St George's Day

The patron saint of England.
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St Patrick's Day

The patron saint of Ireland.
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St Swithin's Day

An interesting bit of folklore all to do with rain.
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Stonehenge

The mystery of Stonehenge.
British Television

Television in Britain

British TV has a long history.
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Tolpuddle Martyrs

We raise the watchword Liberty, We will, we will, we will be free.
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Transport in Britain

British transport - trains and boats and planes.
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Trooping the Colour

Pageantry - what we are best at".
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The Union Flag

Contrary to popular belief this is not the English flag and it is not usually called the Union Jack.
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The United Kingdom

Some facts and figures and a potted history of my homeland.
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Valentine's Day

A celebration of love.
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Work

A tongue in cheek look at working in the UK.
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What's On

A Diary of Events - British customs and traditions - updated monthly.

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