23 THINGS LIVING IN ENGLAND TAUGHT ME
I've lived in England for almost a year and a half. I was born in Germany and consider myself somewhat German, but I spent most of my life in Hungary and the US. Take the below with a grain of salt and some humour! And please let me know, what you found out about other cultures (the British).
- Tea is always black tea, it is served with milk, sometimes sugar.
- Earl Grey and English Breakfast are fundamentally different (duh!).
- Talking on the tube is annoying, looking others in the eye is rare.
- There are free newspapers on the tube.
- Dinner is lunch, tea is dinner, pudding is any dessert, and a cup of tea is tea.
- Trousers are pants, pants are underwear.
- There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
- There is The North and The South.
- Chips are crisps, fries are chips.
- Breakfast is served with red sauce (ketchup/tomato sauce) and brown sauce (just google it!)
- Worcestershire, Gloucester, and Edinburgh are some examples of city names that are not pronounced the obvious way.
- You queue always, never jump a queue.
- English humour is great! (Ok, I knew this before!)
- Saying sorry even if there is nothing to be sorry for.
- A hair bobble is a hair tie, a hair slide is a bobby pin.
- A couple is two. Only two, not a few.
- You can buy prepped yet fresh anything: chopped butternut squash, sliced carrots, potatoes with butter and herbs.
- Cream comes in single, double, extra thick, clotted, ...
- Harrods isn't the only exclusive shop in the city
- Bank station is to be avoided at rush hour. As is Waterloo and probably most other bigger train stations.
- England, Great Britain and the UK are not to be used interchangeably.
- Parks in England (and Paris) are stunning.
- A pub more often or not is called "The *insert noun* and *insert noun*"
And one bonus thing I haven't yet understood: Cricket.