34 things you don’t know about English culture!

34 things you don’t know about English culture!


Hi, everyone. In this lesson I’ve got many, many things
about English culture that you may have seen but you don’t understand, so I’m going to
break them down and summarise these things that, if you’re not from here, from an outsider’s
perspective might be: “Oh, that’s different” – something you don’t understand yet. All of these topics could in themselves be
English lessons on their own, so if you’re particularly interested in a topic, what you
could do is go and research it for yourself after this lesson. So let’s start with… This lesson is broken down into topics, the
groups, the different things about English culture. We’ll start with charity. In England you may see people walking around
wearing red poppies. “Poppy” is like a red flower – it’s made from
paper, and you see this around the time of November because on November the 11th there
is a special day to commemorate-which means, like, remember-the people that died fighting
in World War I, and all the wars after that. So this is a charity event to raise money
for the survivors of those wars, and to remember the horrors of war. So people walk around with the poppies on,
and on television if you’re watching around that time of year, in particularly… In particular on the BBC, people will be wearing
their red poppies. So, if you didn’t know what the red poppy
was about, that’s what it’s for. Next we have charity fun runs. A lot of people are very into running and
saving money for charity at the same time. So, sometimes they wear a fancy dress costume;
sometimes they run in a costume which is really, really hard to wear or heavy or difficult
in some way. So, the people that go in these races, before
they all race, they’ll go around asking everyone you know: “Can you sponsor me? Can you give me some money for my run?” Next we’ve got Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is a charity television event
where on the BBC they raise money for the charities they support. Some of there… Some of them are in the UK, and some of them
are global charities. And their theme… the thing they mainly are
famous for is getting people to wear red noses on that day when it happens. And now you’ll more likely see in particular
chain shops, big shops that have a partnership with Red Nose Day, you’ll see you can buy
t-shirts of Red Nose Day. So, when you buy something in that shop, money
goes to Red Nose Day. They get all famous people involved doing
silly things, and it’s just one day on television where they try to have fun and raise money
for their charities. It’s quite similar to Children in Need in
terms of… This is another charity event. In terms of how they do it – get the celebrities
in, make some comedy with the celebrities. But Children in Need is raising money for
children’s charities; and instead of the Red Nose Day thing, they have Pudsey Bear and
that’s their mascot; their… The thing that represents them is their bear,
and they… People also watching at home can raise money
themselves with their friends and families, and people at school perhaps by baking cakes,
having a clothes… An old clothing sale, something like that. People will get involved with these events
and give their money to charity. The next topic I want to look at is advertising. When you go to a different country and you
watch the television and you see the adverts, some of the adverts stick in your mind and
you think: “That’s weird” or “What’s that about?” So, here are a few of those kinds of adverts. We have number five, which is: “Compare the
Meerkat”. “Compare the Meerkat” has been… They’ve been doing it… I don’t… I’m just going to guess, here, maybe 10 years. It’s an insurance company, and at some point
they decided to use meerkat animals to sell their insurance, and it was really popular
and everybody loved it, and thought it was cute and funny. And now it’s kind of confusing that they are
still an insurance company, because in my opinion, they encourage people to buy insurance
because they give you a free, cute, little meerkat toy. So it’s like: “Oh, join our insurance and
get this toy”, and people do it because they like the meerkats a lot. A next… The next one is: “You’re so money supermarket”,
and this one has very strange adverts of, like, fat people jumping around and dancing,
and things like that. Not always fat people, but that’s the one
that sticks in my mind. And this is like a price comparison website. And a tradition, you could say, of adverts
every year – at Christmas time… Obviously Christmas is such a big thing in
England and there’s a long time of the shops trying to sell you things at Christmas. Something that’s become a tradition is the
John Lewis Christmas advert, and they spend a lot of money on it. It’s like a short film, and one that they
did… One that sticks in my mind the most was one
about a Boxer dog, and it was jumping on a trampoline in a garden with lots of other
cute, little animals, like maybe a fox, and all looking cute together jumping on the trampoline
while the music is very emotional and it makes you… It makes you feel a bit sad and a bit nostalgic. So, the John Lewis adverts always bring up
emotion in some way, and it’s maybe a bit of wonder and a bit of something unexpected
as well. So, yeah, they… They do this big advert every year and lots
of people watch it. Even people who don’t watch television might
watch it on YouTube to see what it’s like. Okay, now let’s talk a bit about the geography
in terms of culture. There’s a north/south divide. It’s not like there’s a line on the map in
England where… You can’t see this divide, this line on the
map, but it’s a divide in terms of culture, and you could say it’s a divide in terms of
accents in a very… To say it in a very reduced, simple way, in
the South we make our… Our vowels with “aw”, like: “class” we would
say, but in the north they would say: “class” – they would make the same vowel with the
“ah” pronunciation. So, people in the north of England, they have
their… People say that they’re warmer, for example,
more friendly; and they say that Southerners are more cold or reserved, or stuck up. Or they might say people in… men in the
north are like tougher and stronger, and men in the south are like weak… weaklings and
not very manly. Things like that. There’s different foods between the north
and the south. Next one is: “Bloody Londoners!” If you’re… You happen to be a Londoner like me, sometimes
when you go around the country and people ask where you’re from, you just sort of go:
“Should I…? Should I say ‘London’?” because… Yeah, Londoners are not always so warmly received,
and welcomed, and liked by people around the country, especially in smaller villages and
places like that. Okay? It’s not as bad as I’ve made it sound, but
yeah. Point being: Londoners are not the most popular
people in the whole country. Although if you think… You know, if you think about London, it’s
so big and there’s so many millions of people there that in some people’s thinking it is
like a country itself, and they’ve got their own culture and they’ve got their own ways
there which are different to the rest of the country; their own outlook in London which
is different, or own fashions in London which are different to the rest of the country. Okay, holidays now. We have fun fairs here on bank holiday weekends. I’ll get to that in a second – bank holiday
weekends. The fun fair is when the same kind of rides
that… Not the same kind of rides. Rides that do something exciting, and lift
you in the air and make you scream and go, like: “Woo, I’m really excited”, or scare
you in the ghost train and things like that, or spin you around really fast – you can do
all of these kinds of rides, if you pay money you can go on these rides at a fun fair. But the fun fair isn’t there all the time;
the fun fair will be in a big park, for example, in London you will see fun fairs there only
on bank holiday weekends. So they come for a few days, and they’re open
all the time, people come and spend their money, and then after the fun fair leaves. I don’t know where actually they go after
the bank holiday weekends. I don’t know if they go to other countries,
or I don’t know if they just don’t work, but I only see them at bank holiday weekends. And it used to be when I was younger that
you had to pay for every ride when you went on the ride. You’d get your however much it was, one pound
50 or something, and just pay to go on the ride. It’s not like that anymore. You have to pay in tokens, pieces of paper,
and sometimes you have to pay even to go inside the fun fair. When I was younger, you could always go in
for free. If you didn’t want to go on rides, you could
go in for free. And, yeah, fun fairs have particular kinds
of food as well, like candy floss, which is a pink, fluffy kind of food; or eating things
like burgers and hotdogs. Okay, bank holidays now. Bank holidays are usually on a Monday, but
not always, when people who have office jobs or jobs to do with the government – they… Their jobs are closed on that day, and many
but not all jobs will be closed on that day. If you work in a shop or clothes shop, if
you work in a supermarket, you’re… The business you work in might be open, but
in general, many places are going to be shut on bank holidays. Now, what’s special about it is because so
many people are off on the same day – they’re not at work. And what’s also special about it is that bank
holidays usually on Monday, so people get a three-day weekend – Saturday, Sunday, Monday. So, people who perhaps don’t get that much
official holiday from their job… I’m not sure what the average amount of holiday
is, but maybe it could be about every year they get three weeks of holiday from their
job. People love bank holidays because they’re
not counted in their holidays that they get every year from work; they’re like extra days
that you don’t go to work. So, they love bank holidays because it feels
like they’ve got more time off work. So, these happen at different times, like
at Easter – the Easter… Easter holidays. They also happen in August; we have an August
bank holiday. If we’re lucky, it’s sunny and people love
to get the three days off in a row in the summer when it’s nice and everything like
that. So… But in terms of when they happen, that’s something
that you have to always check and find out, and keep your eye on because they tend to
change; change around year by year. Okay, now holidays at the English seaside. You know what kind of weather we have here;
it’s a bit chilly, it rains a lot. Well, our English seaside isn’t known for… For us going there and getting very deep tans. And it’s not guaranteed sunshine at the English
seaside compared to the Mediterranean, for example. But what we do have is fish and chips for
you to eat, and arcades. Arcades are places where you can go in and
play game machines or you can… You can try and win small amounts of money
on different machines, and it’s very noisy in there, like: “Bing, bing, bing, bing”. But the arcades are there I think because
the weather is so unreliable. So, if it’s a rainy day or something like
that, people will go into the arcades. And you need somewhere to go inside at the
British seaside in case it’s raining on that day. So that’s what… That’s where you can go if it’s really cold
or there’s a storm or something – go and spend some money in the arcades. 13, here, is… Perhaps this is something that would happen
on a sunny bank holiday weekend – you might see people having barbeques and alcoholic
drinks in the park. Over here in England, as far as I know, you’re
able to drink in all the parks – as far as I know. People do drink in the park. They eat in the park, they have picnics, and
sometimes they’ll have barbeques. It depends if it’s allowed, the barbeque part,
because you’re not… You’re not allowed to burn the grass, but
if you have a special kind of barbeque that won’t do that, you’ll see it. So sometimes in London in the summer on a
sunny day, the parks are absolutely full of people all having picnics or barbeques, and
there’s not really many spaces to sit; there’s so many people who go out there. The next is Pimm’s O’Clock, and this is talking
about an alcoholic drink which is specific to drinking in the summer, early summer when
the tennis is on at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is a famous tennis courts where
the competition… Where the big competition happens, and the
drink associated with that is this one called Pimm’s; it has strawberries and other kinds
of fresh fruits in it. It’s very fresh. And, yeah, that’s… That’s when we tend to drink it, and then
you don’t really see Pimm’s around a lot after that, but it happens then. Life events. Okay, here in England, birthdays I would say
are quite important. From what I’ve experienced, in some other
places where people don’t care so much – birthdays are important, and in particular some birthdays
are considered more special or times to do something big rather than others. So, 18, 21, 40 years old, 50 year old, and
it would continue upwards every… Every extra decade. These are considered important birthdays. Perhaps people have a party or do a big celebration
on those ones. Next one: Marriages. Now, if people do get married, because here…
here it’s… first of all, it’s really expensive to get married these days, and many couples
do opt not to get married, or some couples do get married but then get divorced, so maybe
the next marriage they don’t take as seriously. All that kind of stuff happens here. So, bearing… putting that aside, if people
do get married here, one of the main traditions of the marriage is the party before the day
itself, and this is a stag party for men and the hen party for women when they all get
together before the wedding and have a party. Usually they’ll wear fancy dress, do something
silly and fun together before the wedding. Next we have funerals. When an English person dies, the funeral is
normally one to… One to two weeks after the death of the person,
so it doesn’t happen straight away here. You can be buried or you can be cremated – your
body could be burnt; you could be cremated. Most people these days are cremated. If you want to be buried it’s still possible,
but if you think about it, this is a relatively small island with a very dense population,
so there isn’t necessarily the space in your area where you live to be buried, so more
and more… depending… I think it depends on your religious beliefs
as well, but if you don’t have particularly strong religious beliefs, many people opt
to be cremated. At the funeral typically you’ll have a buffet. A buffet is when there’s different food already
there and you can just go up and take this, or take this, take this. And refreshments. Refreshments can be any drink, basically;
sometimes alcohol or sometimes not alcohol at the funeral. Now, a very… when… horse… horse-drawn
carriage. I’m just wondering myself, here, whether it’s
carriage or hearse. Hearse… A hearse is the car that when somebody dies,
the coffin is inside that and the hearse drives it to the place where the funeral is. Some funerals which I see in London from time
to time, but normally in the east end or in the southeast of London, and I see these occasionally,
you get horses taking… Taking the body to the cemetery or where it’s
going, and this is very old-fashioned, traditional kind of funeral; but very, very expensive
as well. So when you see somebody who’s having this
kind of funeral, you always, like, look, it’s like: “Oh, look what’s happened. Look. Who’s that person that died?” And when you see this as well, I tend to think
it’s people that are still part of the old… Very old Cockney culture that was in… In those areas – east end and the southeast
of London. And in those kind of funerals as well you
will see many wreaths. I can’t say it right. Wreaths, which is the… When the flowers are all together when somebody
dies, and sometimes it says the word: “Mum” or “Dad” or “Sister” – whoever died. You’ll see all the flowers, and you’ll watch
as the… As they’re making their way to the cemetery
to bury the body. Okay, now I want to talk about Big Brother
and the Nanny State. “Big Brother” is a way of saying the government
is watching you or controlling you, and the “Nanny State” is a way of saying the government
wants to protect you and keep you safe, so it’s always trying to teach you something
or talk to you about something. So, they mean different things, but they overlap. Here in England we have quite a lot of this
compared to many other countries. First of all, we have a lot of CCTV. We have so many cameras, cameras watching
you on the street all the time, in the shops; wherever you go, you’re on camera. We also here do official… Anything official that you have to get in
touch with the government for or fill out forms, all of that stuff you do far, far,
far in advance; you have to do it a lot before. Now, let’s say for example you needed a new
passport – you do it a long time before you need it. Things like this, in most cases, they will
be on time. You apply… You apply so much before, in most cases, you
will get it at the date where they promised you. Things don’t come late in most cases; although
some years there might be something going wrong at the passport office where they’re
all late at the same time. But, in general, they like to do everything
before so that it’s always on time, and this is very different to some countries where
I experienced… Let’s say you needed a passport, you go there… You go there the day before and you wait there
for 14 hours and you go home with a passport. This kind of stuff doesn’t happen here; we
do everything before in advance. The next is driving here, and the first thing
I need to say about that is supposedly compared to other countries, which I believe is true,
it’s harder to learn. Many people fail their driving test the first
time, second time even – they keep failing because the… It’s hard to pass, and you can fail your test
easily and not get your driving license. So, in the first place it’s hard to get your
driving license, but once you have your driving license you can lose it quite easily as well. If you drive your car too fast, if you drank
alcohol over a certain amount and you drove your car. There are ways where if you break the law
with driving they can do things to take your driving license away from you or ban you from
driving, so you might have to wait a long time before you can again do your driving
test. Then the other thing is the parking rules
here, you… In most places, and definitely in London,
you can’t just, like, drive into London, park your car there, and come back for an hour
later because it will be… It will be gone already. The… The local government will have taken your
car, and said: “Oh, that’s great, we can make some money from this now.” So wherever you go, you always have to pay
for your parking, and you have to be really, really careful that you park it in the right
place at the right time – otherwise it will cost you so much money in England. And the next point here is… This one relates to the Nanny State, which
is about… This is a way of seeing what it means when
there are so many rules for protecting you, or from the government, or from your school
to try and keep you safe all the time. You might see, for example, young children
when they’re going anywhere with their school outside of the school-they’re going to the
park or they’re going on a school trip-you might see them walking around in high-visibility
jackets; vests. Now, those brightly-coloured vests, they used
to be things that people do in dangerous jobs wore, like you’re working on the motorway
and you want people to see you there so they don’t run into you. They used to be for dangerous jobs, but now
we see children walking down the road wearing these jackets with their schools because… I suppose they’re trying to keep the children
safe with these big, bright jackets, but it is… From my perspective, I think it’s, like, making
it for the children: “Everything is scary, everything is dangerous, so we must be always
thinking about safety”, and: “Oh. Oh no, all these things.” So, more things coming up. Staying on the same topic of the Nanny State
and Big Brother, we’ve got internet filters. When you search for things on the internet
over in England, there are a lot of restrictions; and depending on… There seem to be differences between your
internet provider, who you buy the internet from, so there are differences between house
to house. But it can happen when you’re searching for
things, they say: “Restricted. You can’t look at that”, and this might… You know, you might not realise you’re looking
for something that, you know, you’re not allowed to look at or something, so you get that kind
of thing here. We also have bin wars, and this is to do with
arguments that happen between neighbours to do with their garbage and… and… okay,
I have to go back… back a step. There are many rules about the garbage and
the rubbish, and the local… The local government, the local council come
and take it away from your house, but they have many rules; like, it’s only every two
weeks they come, and you must put it out on Tuesday morning before 8am, and things like
that; many, many rules. And if you… If you miss the rubbish and you don’t put
it out on the right time, and therefore you’ve got too much rubbish, or your rubbish wasn’t
put in the right bag and then a fox came up and made a hole in the bag, and put the rubbish
all over the street – this is when you might get bin wars because your neighbours might
be angry with you for not being organised with your rubbish, and it can start very bad
arguments. And bin wars can also happen around recycling
issues, because the recycling is complicated as well. The recycling is complicated because in all
the different areas they have a different way of doing it. So, in that area you might put everything
in the blue bag, but in that area you don’t put… You don’t put newspapers or glass in that
bag. So, wherever you go, you always have to say:
“Is it okay if I put this in your bin?” So I think because it’s so complicated and
not every part of the country is using the same system, there’s all these things that
make it hard just to put your rubbish outside and in an easy way. So, if you’re new to an area or you’re a student,
or you’re just not that organised, you can miss your rubbish collection all the time,
and then the problems come. Okay, hobbies. Here are a couple of hobbies that I thought
are particularly English. We like to ramble. We like rambling – it means going into the
countryside for long walks. Here in England we’ve got the right to roam
– that means that we are allowed to walk across land in the countryside; it’s not… It’s not closed, it’s not forbidden. We can’t just go and walk across somebody’s
garden, and say: “Oh, I’ve got the right to roam here”, but it’s the law about the bigger
fields, and there are places to walk through the countryside and to enjoy it. Another walking hobby is dog walking. Many… There are some areas where you go where you
almost never see a person just taking a country walk, or a walk for health or pleasure just
by themselves, but you will see many people walking on their own with a dog. So, I think in some areas people don’t feel
comfortable, in a way, walking if they don’t have a dog because everybody else has got
a dog. When the dog walkers are together, then they
meet somewhere and they talk about the dogs, and that’s the… They don’t talk about: “How are you? How’s…? You know, I haven’t seen you in two weeks. What’s going on in your life?” They talk about the dogs. “What’s the dog doing? And is he enjoying his run? And what’s he eating?” and things like that. So it’s a… It’s a hobby that people do. It keeps… Older people especially, it gives them company
with other people. So they might not have a lot of friends in
their area, but when they go and walk the dog, they speak to other people, so it’s a
way that even if English people are more reserved than in other countries or some other countries,
when they go walking their dogs, it gives them a reason to talk to each other. It doesn’t mean they’re going to be best friends
with the people they meet when they’re dog walking, but at least it’s slowly getting
to know someone or talking to someone new. Okay, the next one is model making. Some people are interested in making models
of ships, or trains, and things like that where they very carefully put the model together
over a long time. Now we’ve got food and drink. Eating on the go means where you just… You walk down the street and you… You just eat then and it’s fine to eat on
the street. You might… Even our food is designed this way. A sausage roll is a pastry with a sausage
inside, and you can easily eat your sausage roll when you’re walking down the street,
or a packet of crisps, you know. That happens a lot here in England. And I used to think… Before you leave your culture and you see
how people live in other places, you think what you do in your culture is often the same
as everywhere else. So, I used to think that eating on the go
was, like, not… It’s normal. It was not a big deal. But when I lived in Amsterdam I remember I
was at university there and I was just eating my lunch on the go, I’d just come walking
out, and I remember like just some people looking at me strangely, and I was like: “That
was weird.” And somebody said: “Mmm, lekker”, which means:
“Nice”, but almost in a sexual way. And then I realised that eating on… eating
on the street there is a bit… a bit… a bit like… a bit like a tarty girl would
do or someone who had no manners, or something like that. So that’s when I realised about the eating
on the street thing – that although it’s totally normal here and English people do it, perhaps
in other countries of the world it’s considered impolite or not refined. And perhaps in other countries of the world
it’s just another sign or symbol that the English people have bad food, like they always
say, because we don’t care as much. Next point is the death of the pub, and this
means that many pubs are closing down. Why are pubs closing down is because alcohol
and drinking in the pub is quite expensive – that’s one reason. If you want to go and buy a pint of beer,
you… it’s not something you could afford… Most people could afford to do all the time,
I guess, so it’s expensive. Also you can’t smoke in the pubs, so people
perhaps more choose to drink at home than they used to. Well, it depends if you’re a smoker or you’re
not… or you’re not a smoker. And also it seems that as the pubs close more
coffee shops open, and that wasn’t something traditionally in English culture at all – going
to a coffee shop. But now, for many people, that’s a normal
way of socialising – going to have a coffee. So, as the pubs close, the coffee shops come. Okay, now some things about our cultural life
here. Are you a remoaner? If you’re a remoaner, you’re somebody who
is angry and upset that England decided… United Kingdom decided to leave the European
Union. So, if we break down the word: “moan”… A moan is… When you moan, you’re like: “Oh, I don’t like
this because… I don’t like this. This is not good.” So, the word means someone… And the “re” reminds us of the word “remain”,
which were the people who wanted to remain in the European Union. When you put it together, they… They don’t want to accept the fact that the
United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, so they’re still upset about it, they still talk about
it, and they are still a group… Because the referendum result was quite close
between: “Are we going to stay or leave the EU?” many people haven’t changed their minds what
they thought before; if they wanted to stay in the EU then, they still want to stay in
the EU now. So this is like a split in our politics, here,
whether you wanted… Whether you wanted that or you didn’t. We also have political correctness. This is something that you can either see
or not see. A lot of people would say… Would not realise that something is politically
correct, but it has to do with the things that you can say, and the things that are
acceptable to say, things that you’re not allowed to say, the kind of opinions that
are acceptable, and the kind of opinions that you’re told you’re wrong for thinking. So there’s a lot of this that goes on in the
United Kingdom, England. Next one is: Are you posh? If you’re posh, this means born into a family,
typically but not always, that has money and is wealthy; but more than the money, it’s
about their… It’s about the name of that family. “Where did that family come from? Have they always been an important family? Do they have good connections? Have they been to a boarding school where
you have to pay money to go to?” So, if… If the answer to those things is yes, then
perhaps you are a posh person. And the thing about being posh as well is
you don’t really… Let me know if you agree in the comments. You don’t become posh one day in your life;
you don’t make money and become posh. You… you’re born posh or not. Not but… well, your family background creates
you to be posh. Next, something we have here are council houses
or housing association houses. The property prices in England are really,
really expensive if people want to buy their own houses, but that’s not the only way that
people live here. If you see… If you see houses around sometimes or you
see blocks of flats, but it can also be houses, some of the people living in those houses
may be council tenants, and this is when the government… The local government owns your house and you
pay your rent to the local government. You don’t own that house yourself and you’re
not renting it from a private landlord; you are paying the government every time your
rent. So if there’s a problem in your house, you
don’t have to pay yourself to fix it. You don’t have to pay from your money to fix
the roof, you don’t have to pay for your… You don’t have to pay to fix your house if
there was a flood or water came in – you don’t do that stuff; the council will pay for it. So the council houses are much cheaper to
live in, but not everybody can have them. There’s not enough council houses for everybody
to live in, and there’s much, much fewer council houses for people of the younger generation
now than there were in the past times as well. So, yeah, this is a… One of the main things about your living arrangements
here. Because if you… If you rent from a private landlord because
you don’t have enough money to buy your own house, that can cost you so, so much money. So this is a cheaper option, but only… Only some people have that. Next is public outpourings of grief. An “outpouring” means, like, oh so much… So much being expressed or so much being said
about something now, and “grief” is when you feel sad about someone dying. So, what has been happening, and I think it
started back when Princess Diana died, was that if someone who people liked or loved
very much, or a famous person dies, then there can be so much… Everybody saying: “Oh, isn’t it terrible?”
or talking about it, or wanting to give flowers, or making a concert for it, or lots of articles
and being on the news and on TV about this person dying, and how wonderful they are and
things like that, and it can last a few… A few weeks after the person dies. And the last one is the idea of somebody who’s
considered to be a national treasure. So, “treasure”… We think of “treasure” and we think of money,
or gold, or things like that; expensive things. But a “national treasure” means a person who
is so special and so loved, and who represents the character of the English, for example,
or represents them so… In such a special or individual way – that
person becomes a national treasure, so they’ll be some popular personalities on TV, some
famous people who are considered to be national treasures. One that comes to mind is the actress called
Judi Dench – she’s considered to be a national treasure. So you’re usually of more of an advanced age
by the time you get considered to be the national… National treasure status. So, thank you all for watching, and what I’d
like to do now is invite you to do the quiz. I’ll see you again soon. Bye.

41 thoughts on “34 things you don’t know about English culture!

  1. I really like your videos Jade, they are informative.
    You speak clearly, so that your videos are always understood,
    I like your accent, as well
    I even stopped learning Cockney ☺

  2. Jade you are great teacher. Thank you. Anyway I'd like to ask you how third Conditional and mixed conditional work, because I get confused easily. Thank you again. King regards

  3. Hi Jade…darling video of course..
    I'm surprised you're not in British Airways'
    employ…why you could draw in at least
    a few billion bucks with your consummate
    charm. Anyway, I wrote another poem..
    …on the posh thing you know. It's so good
    I had to sit on it a couple of days to be sure
    that I'm not delirious instead of genius…
    I'll put it up tomorrow after a final touche'
    …..Ciao !!

  4. Hello Jade…here it comes !
    POSH !!!
    (Port Outward Starboard Home)
    Let us see..Englishmen…
    ..men of land and more of sea
    WHOT !..came first..the Pilot..
    ..the Parrot..or the Posh
    A bit like "to be or not to be"..
    ..wouldn't you agree ?
    If one is seaborne so…
    …so begins the afterglow
    But what so of the time ago …
    ..before Posh was theeborne so ?
    'Twazit a "push" ?…a "pop"..
    ..a "perk"…..a "poop" ?
    Your good guess is as good as mine
    Let us move forward, shall we..
    ..'round the before's behind…..
    ..we must examine more closely..
    ..in order to divine
    Listen ! . .. … ….. ……. ……….. . …
    ..something there is talking..
    ..a certain say so
    Could be anything ! ..
    ..a Parrot..a Pilot…
    ..or a pulsing donut hole …
    ..hmmmm…I just don't yet know
    …Ohhh ! ..what is it we have here !..
    ..a dovetail of feathers…
    ..a flapping in measures…
    ..a chopping of tethers…
    ..a parting in treasures
    My goodness !!
    How long has this been going on ..
    I gather…….interminably…
    The Pilot's parrot appears posh strong

  5. The aversion towards people from the capital is also common in Poland. Certain parts of the county don't like each other but almost noone likes people from Warsaw. They're usually regarded as annoying snots.

  6. Great video, you have covered a lot! Good job! I think Dutch are very relaxed about eating on the go, the do eat in trains something like chips with mayo.

  7. Interesting – here in America we also have an insurance company that uses an animal as a mascot, in this case it's Geico and they use a gekko – interestingly enough the gekko talks with an English accent – I wonder who came first, the Geico gekko or your meerkat?

  8. Hi jade! I say “hi” because you’re for me like an old friend… To tell the truth it’s a long time since I decided to learn some English.. At that time I met you and I felt in love with your accent and you way to be during your wonderful lessons. So I writing mainly to say you thanks from the deep of my hearth! Because of you I begun to love England (or better say UK .. I love Scotland too)… Now I feel UK like a second homeland… I had been travelling around your country lots of times… North and South…. From East to West (Cornwall is like a dream with open eyes!).. and so on… Next summer I’ll be in Brighton with my wife for my vacations. Some Italians say me that I’m not normal (they think I’m a bit mad) because I choose an English beach instead of an Italian one! 🙂 🙂 … I replay them saying the guilty is an old friend from London, her name is Jade! 🙂 :-)…. So told, speaking about the lesson I’d like to say something about the differences between North and South.. Last year I was in Liverpool attending a sort of lesson about the history of the Beatles and I said to myself in English “ Dammit! That English is so difficult to understand!!”. Next to me there was a middle age man that was able to understand my words (maybe I said them instead of think them), so he said to me “Don’t worry my friend! I see you’re probably foreigner, but to tell the truth I’m English from Derby in the South and I can’t understand everything they say like you! They’re English is like pure s..t!!”… :-). Ha! Ha! In Italy too sometimes there are problems between north an South… People are the same the world over!

  9. Very sexy! Especially the model-making section. 'Horse-drawn carriage' can be quite difficult to say when you really need it. This is so good that I almost don't want to say the words 'taking the piss', just in case it isn't. Do I get a prize for spotting it? Or maybe I've just been away from the UK for too long.

  10. It is so great to see you since I saw you in this vhannel. And this video, of course, is inspiring as well as educational! Thank you for your coming back. I am so happy to see you doing great.

  11. Love your channel..anything teaching people about our beautiful culture is a good thing..shame they dont promote this in schools instead of teaching only other cultures are great..other cultures get london shut down for the day (notting hill), eid and ramadam, while we get st georges day which people think you are a racist thug if you are out draped in a flag..good on you.

  12. Hi Jade! Here in Russia you can eat "on the go", but we think that it is unhealthy. Maybe it is because of the cold weather, nobody likes frozen food ))
    Great video! Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Hi Jade! I know you took some time off in the past to figure out the direction of your channel. I was pleased to find you are back! Your videos are really great. I am so glad you have found your direction. You are beautiful, fun and interesting and I subscribed today. Here is a phrase that was popular in 1970's America when I was a little boy, "Keep on trucking". It means, "keep going, you are going fantastic." God bless you little sister. I wish you much success. : )

  14. Dear Jade,
    In your lesson we can find a lot interesting facts about Brittish lifestyle. I don't understand why you say “live in Egland” instead “live in UK" or Britain? Every foreigner know that England is only a part of UK. What about Scotland or Wales? There are exactly this some advertising, charities and etc.
    Even exam for citizenships is call LIVE in UK not LIVE in England.
    Yours sincerely

  15. Hi Jade, I feel like you’re coming back from somewhere dark and struggling to be serene again… I’ve been watching you for years, you always shine though and I wish I could help by more than just leaving a comment here.

  16. This is so useful! I will be moving to the UK in October to study at university. I'm literally scavenging the Internet for videos like this! Thank you Jade. Will enormously appreciate more content about English culture and lifestyle.

  17. Hi Jade, it's been a while since you last uploaded a video. I hope you're doing fine. Just checking up. 💕

  18. I want to add that cyclists feel more important than pedestrians. You have to be very careful when you are crossing the streets in London.

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