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A traditional Christmas meal in the UK. Traditional Christmas dinner. An English breakfast. I'm really enjoying life in a foreign country, however there is always the odd home comfort I really miss (usually food). The other day I was craving nothing more than a good old English breakfast so I searched high and low in the French supermarket to stock up on ingredients to make one. A traditional full English breakfast, also commonly known as a fry up, consists of the following: Eggs (either fried or scrambled) Bacon Sausage Toast or fried bread Baked beans Hash browns Tomato Mushrooms This is usually served with ketchup on the side, a glass of orange juice and of course a big cup of tea. A standard breakfast in the UK really varies from person to person. I am enjoying breakfasts in France, though - fresh bread and croissants from the bakery are a perfect start to my day! An English afternoon tea party.

Most weekends, my friends and I cook something all together and have a fun themed party. So far, we have had traditional Spanish, Mexican and Italian themed evenings which have been a lot of fun! This week, I suggested we should have an English afternoon tea party so these are the things I think we will need and how to make them (in case you want to have an English afternoon tea party at home!) : First of all, tea is very important!

Use your best teapot and cups and make sure there is plenty of milk and sugar to add to the tea. I personally like English breakfast tea bags but I know a lot of people like Earl Grey, especially for a tea party. Next, you need to prepare sandwiches. Then, every tea party needs scones! Finally, all afternoon tea parties have a good selection of cakes and biscuits. Now that you have all of your food, you can decorate your party room with bunting (flags) and Union Jacks to make this a very British afternoon tea party!


Politics. School. Traditions. A trip to Cambridge. Stereotypes ... true or false? I have just returned to the UK after a year living abroad in France. Something that really struck me while I was away from home was the fact that very often the people I met would talk about ‘stereotypes’. It is inevitable when you meet someone who comes from a foreign country that your mind evokes associations and compares that person with the stereotypes connected with their country and culture.

Many believe that there’s no smoke without fire and so if a stereotype exists, it must be based on truth. I feel that thinking about ‘stereotypes’ is an interesting way to look at differences between different cultures and countries, but of course many should be taken with a pinch of salt! 1) British people drink a lot of tea TRUE!

2) British people have a ‘stiff upper lip’ This is a common conception that British people traditionally do not express emotions or talk about how they feel openly. 3) British people like to talk about the weather TRUE! Mi6 answers 0. Mi6 exercises 0. MI6: The British Secret Intelligence Service. You might have heard of MI6 through the man known as 007. James Bond doesn’t exist, of course, but what about MI6? What is MI6? MI6 is very real. It is an organisation that recruits agents who collect ‘human intelligence’, or information, from countries around the world in order to protect the security of the UK. How old is MI6?

MI6 has recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Where is MI6? The agency has its present headquarters in a huge building at Vauxhall Cross on the banks of the river Thames in London. MI6 agents The first chief of MI6 was Sir Mansfield Cumming. Secret Missions During the Second World War (1939-1945), MI6 communicated with agents through coded radio messages broadcast on the BBC. MI6 online MI6 now has an official website where anyone can learn about its history, read a glossary of Secret Intelligence Service words, have a virtual tour or even apply for a job. Shakespeare answers 6. Shakespeare exercises 5. Shakespeare. William Shakespeare was a poet and a playwright and is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, in central England, in 1564 and he died in 1616. His surviving work consists of 38 plays, 154 sonnets and some other poems.

He is best known for his plays, which have been translated into every major language and are performed more than those of any other playwright in the world. When William Shakespeare was 18 years old he married Anne Hathaway, and they had three children. Shakespeare went to London to work as an actor and a writer. In 1599 the Globe Theatre was built in London and it was in this theatre, situated on the banks of the River Thames, that some of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed.

Shakespeare’s work is still very popular today. Here is a selection of Shakespeare’s plays. The Merchant of Venice This play is about the idea that people usually get what they deserve in the end, good or bad. Hamlet As You Like It.

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Scotland. Wales. England. Halloween. Flying witches, pumpkin lanterns, trick or treat... What do you know about Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts to get started. Halloween is celebrated on 31st October. This isn’t a public holiday in Britain. Halloween is the night before the Catholic festival of All Saints and the pagan Celtic festival of Samhain (1st November). Halloween is also sometimes called All Hallows' Eve, All Hallowtide and can also be written Hallowe’en. In the UK Halloween traditions are very much alive and popular, especially amongst kids and teenagers. Pumpkin lanterns These are pumpkins (an orange, football-sized vegetable) with the inside removed and a nose, eyes and mouth cut into one side. Apple bobbing To play this game, lots of apples are placed in a large tub or bowl of water.

Dressing up People of all ages dress up on Halloween. Trick or treating Children dress up and then visit the houses in their neighbourhood asking for a ‘trick or treat’. Halloween parties Watch a horror film Happy Halloween! Learnenglishteens.britishcouncil. Learnenglishteens.britishcouncil. What do you do with money? Do you spend it or save it?

Do you keep money in a piggy bank or do you have a bank account? Do you get pocket money from your parents or do you work to earn money? Pocket money Most teenagers in Britain receive pocket money (a small amount of money each week) from their parents. A report by the Bank of Scotland interviewed over 1,000 young people in Britain and found that 77% get pocket money. I get 80 pounds a month. I get 5 pounds a week. Part-time work A part-time job is an option for teenagers who don’t have pocket money or who want to earn extra money. The national minimum wage for people aged 16-17 is £3.57 per hour. 18-year-olds must earn a minimum of £4.83. I babysit for my neighbours. I work in a greengrocer’s shop on Saturday mornings.

Banks In Britain some children and teenagers have a bank account. It’s good for kids to have a bank account so that they can learn about how to save money and how to be responsible for their own money. Online safety UK. 96% of young people in the UK regularly use the internet to communicate according to a survey of 24,000 British people aged 9-11.

A report shows that only 40% of young people know that personal information shared online stays online forever. There are about 250 million tweets generated every day and around 800 million Facebook users - that means a lot of information is shared online. So are young people using the internet safely? Private or public Do you know how to change your privacy settings on social media? The BBC Share Take Care campaign is all about helping everybody, from little kids to the over 55s, to make their online activity safer and protect themselves on the web. Be kind and stay safe Everybody knows that we should be polite and kind to people in real life and online. Even well-liked celebrities can be targeted by cyberbullies. Here are our top five tips for staying safe online: 1.

Safer Internet Day. UK National Anthem Lyrics HQ.