字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 (upbeat music) - Hello everyone, and welcome back to English With Lucy. Today I'm very hot, and it's only 19 degrees. We're gonna talk about that later. Today I'm going to talk to you about 50 weird and random facts about British culture. Now this lesson's more of a fun one. It's going to be great for your listening practise and if you want to improve your pronunciation alongside your listening, I highly recommend Audible. It's an online database of audiobooks, and I've got loads of recommendations in the description box. Basically, if you listen to an audiobook narrated by a native speaker, at the same time as reading the actual book, it's basically the key to learning perfect pronunciation. You can claim your free audiobook and 30 day free trial by clicking on the link in the description box, where I've also put loads of recommendations for great audiobooks, to help you improve your English. Right, let's get started with the video. Fact number one. Tea is by far the most popular drink drunk by Brits. Maybe you knew this, but apparently we drink 165 million cups of tea every single day. Bananas! I've drunk no tea today. It's not my favourite, I don't hate it, I'll have it if I'm offered, but yeah. Number two, on our main TV channels, that's channel one and two and quite a few others, they're run by the BBC and we don't have any adverts. This is because we pay a licence fee and I think it's over 100 pounds a year, but basically we have to pay. If we have a TV we have to pay it, even if we don't wanna watch the BBC. Now I kind of like it because I like ad-free TV, but I also don't want the BBC to tell me whether I can have a TV or not. Number three, queues are incredibly important to us. If you push into a queue, if you queue-jump, you will be universally hated in Britain. Doesn't make sense. Comment below if queues are important in your country, because I went to Spain and I lived there for a while, and people did not respect queues. When I lived in Spain I remember being in a bank and some lady thought that her problem was more important than my problem, and she just pushed in and was like sorry, this is an emergency. I was like, in Britain that would never happen! Number four. Please, sorry and thank you basically dominate all of our social interactions. It's so ingrained into our brains that we often bump into things and then apologise to the inanimate object. Like I have whacked my shoulder on a door and said "Oh, sorry", and then felt really stupid and British, at the same time. But yeah, just a simple task like passing the salt at a dinner table. "Sorry, please could you pass the salt? "Thank you, sorry, sorry, excuse me please." Honestly, we say it about eight times. Number five. When you greet a friend in the U.K. you don't normally shake their hand. You don't normally shake their hand. Normally you give them one kiss on the cheek. If you've recently been in the rest of Europe then you might give two kisses by mistake and say "Oh sorry, I've just got back from France. "Just got back from Spain." And if you're feeling very masculine and you're with another very masculine person, then even though you know them very well you might still shake their hand, but that's only if you're very very masculine. Number six. When the sun comes out, because it doesn't come out so often, we make the most of it. In 15 degree heat we will wear sandals, mini-skirts, strappy tops, bikinis, and we will get very very sunburned as well. The day after a sunny day, everyone is red. It's terrible. Also, our houses are not designed to cope with the heat, as I'm experiencing right now. It's 19 degrees outside and I am absolutely dying. Number seven. British cuisine, well our most known dish is probably the Sunday roast, or beef and Yorkshire puddings. However, we actually voted for our national dish and we voted for a chicken tikka masala, which is an Indian dish. Number eight, if you are on public transport it is highly expected that you give up your seat for an elderly person or a disabled person. And if you don't do it, people will tut at you. This is a very British thing. People just go (repeated tutting). But we don't like to be too direct. Sometimes we muster up enough courage to say "Excuse me, that person needs that seat", but we're not gonna be too confrontational about it. And if we are ever confrontational with someone on public transport, we spend the next week coming down from the adrenalin and replaying the situation in our head, telling our mates about it. It's a big deal. Number nine, our humour can be quite difficult to understand. We love sarcasm, we have quite dark sense of humour. We can be quite dry, so we can say things without smiling. I love the British sense of humour but it can offend people sometimes. Sucks to be them. Number 10. The majority of museums in London are free. And we do actually use them quite a lot. There's been a big increase in Brits trying to do cultural things, which I think is great. Hasn't quite reached me yet, but I did go to the museum in my village last year, so that was great. Number 11. If you are invited to the home of a British person, if they are providing a meal or a party for you then you are sort of expected to bring some sort of gift. Normally a bottle of wine, some flowers or chocolates. If you don't bring a gift, we wouldn't say anything about it but we would silently judge you. Number 12. We are absolutely obsessed with our animals here, by animals I mean pets. We put our pets before our own children sometimes. We are dog and cat crazy. Number 13, as soon as the sun comes out we leave work, when it's a good time to leave work, normally five o'clock, and we go straight to a pub garden. We don't go inside the pub, we go straight to the pub garden or if there's no direct route to the garden then we will march through the pub directly to the garden. We love a pub garden. In fact when I finish this video, I'm going straight there with my neighbour. 14, that brings me onto our drinking culture. It's quite bad but it's getting better. It's very normal to see some very very drunk people on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday nights if it's a bank holiday, which means we have the Monday off work. But millennials, our younger generation, are drinking less, which is a very good thing, and binge-drinking cases are going down. Number 15. If we hold open a door for you, which we probably will, we expect a thank you. However, if somebody holds a door open for us, and it's actually at a really awkward distance so we have to kind of walk faster and they have to wait for ages holding the door, both parties hate this situation but we still say thank you and we still do it, because, I don't know why. It's polite! Number 16. We are, hmm, this is divided. Some of us are very polite drivers and some of us are very rude. The polite drivers will probably let you through but they will expect a thank you. We live for that thank you wave. Sometimes people just lift a finger and that's enough. I just like the acknowledgement. I'm a polite driver. Polite drivers also love to tut and shake their head at impolite drivers who have not thanked you for letting them pass. (repeated tutting) Number 17. In many cultures around the globe women want to have lighter skin, but in the U.K. we want to have darker skin. Well, not all of us, but a lot of us like to use fake tanning products to make our skin darker. I must admit I have got some on today. I'm a very light shade of orange, on my knees particularly. Yeah, we don't have much sun, we don't get much chance to tan, and having a tanned complexion, I think, is almost a sign of wealth. Like you've been on holiday recently. I just think I look healthier with a bit of a tan but you might not agree. Number 18, we are very divided over the Royal Family. Some people think it brings in loads of tourism and money. Some people think that they spend way too much money and there's never really been a study to show whether they bring a profit or loss to the country. So it's a funny one, we just don't know. Number 19, the weather in summer can never be guaranteed. So we don't actually go on holiday in our own country that much. We do, but we can't guarantee it's gonna be a sunny beach holiday. A couple of years ago my family and I went away to Cornwall, to a beach resort, and there was not a single day of sunshine. It poured it down the entire time and we just said never again. We will always go abroad now. Number 21. We like to thank the bus driver when we get off the bus. In London, on the school bus, anywhere, it's pretty normal to say "Thank you", as we get off. My school bus driver was absolutely amazing. He actually used to buy us all Easter eggs. A whole school bus of children, he was lovely, his name was Roger. I hope I get to see him again. Number 22. Dinner is often our biggest meal of the day, I'm talking about evening dinner. We have a fairly heavy breakfast, a light lunch and then a heavy dinner, and we normally have breakfast between seven and eight, lunch between 12 and one, and dinner between six and seven normally. Number 23. "How are you" and "You all right" are not genuine questions. If we say "Hi, you all right," I don't actually expect you to answer saying "Well, actually, no I'm not, my goldfish died." I just expect you to say "Yeah yeah, you all right." And that's it. Top quality interaction. Number 24.