Stereotypes: fact or fiction on life in Britain

Life in modern Britain is changing. Here are five things that Students might find surprising when they come here to learn English.

Do we have a fry up every morning?
Not that often, actually. Although we don’t eat a full cooked breakfast every day anymore, lots of people do have a fry up for special occasions, like when friends and family come to stay for the weekend. Or perhaps if you’re meeting your friends on a Saturday morning. And most likely if you’re going on a long journey and you need some extra sustenance to keep you going.

Do Brits always talk about the weather?
Well, actually, we do talk a lot about the weather. And there’s a very good reason for that. The fact is that, here in Scotland, it’s perfectly possible to experience all four seasons in one day. None of this all day rain or all day sun; oh no. It can change from hat and coat to shorts and t shirt in less than 24 hours.

What’s the most popular meal in the UK?
Many of our Homestay students are amazed to discover that, here in Scotland, we know our exotic vegetables, we don’t eat meat every day and we certainly don’t fry everything.
In fact, according to a recent poll here are the top five favourite dishes in the UK
Chinese stir fry
Spaghetti Bolognaise
Fish and chips

Does it rain every day?
Don’t be silly! Yes, on average there’s some rain every three days, but that might only be a tiny drop or it might only rain for five minutes. That’s nothing. And anyway, that’s what a raincoat is for. Here in the North east of Scotland we have among the lowest rainfall in the whole of the UK. In fact Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city and that’s only half an hour from Active English Homestay.

Are we a very reserved Nation?
Definitely not. All that stiff upper lip nonsense is a thing of the past – a remnant of the Public schools most likely. Now you’ll find everyone having a good cry at a movie, or sharing their innermost thoughts. I would like to think the silly English reserve is disappearing partly because we are a multicultural nation with all the positive influences that brings, including how to show our emotions.


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