字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Hi everyone, I'm Susie. Today I’m going to share with you some unusual attitudes that British people have. I’ve talked to some of my friends and family, and we agree that these are beliefs and attitudes that are typically held by many British people. Okay, so the reason I wanted to make this video is that I think it’s interesting how certain groups and cultures of people tend to have beliefs or ways of thinking that are unseen and unspoken of and this might be difficult to sense or understand if you are someone from a different group or from a different culture. So the first one that I've written is that we really hate boasting and I think that's definitely a big part of British culture. Really just don't boast. Don't big yourself up in any way. People really are sensitive to it and don't like it. It’s seen as a very negative trait. I have had many conversations with people from China who might come to me and say, Hi, I'm so and so. I've been doing this for a while and I'm high up in this company, and tell me in quite a lot of detail about what they're doing for work and maybe how successful they are. And to me, I often feel like I've just met you and you're telling me this kind of information and so I'm not quite sure what to do with the information. I just... you know, nod and smile like, okay that's great. Usually, in conversation with a British person, those details about your career wouldn't really come to light at all if ever to be honest. Like if you are successful, you would just never mention it. It wouldn't need to be something that would be said. And the act of not mentioning it would be very admirable. Next, I've written that we don't want to appear weak in terms of accepting help, admitting we're sick, not working or having a nap. Okay, so there's definitely this culture of we need to push through. We need to be seen to be busy and to be trying hard and almost to be suffering in a way. And this probably comes from around the Industrial Revolution or the war, it comes from those kinds of periods. Our grandparents’ generation was definitely very hard working. This stiff upper lip, keep going, keep calm and carry on type attitude. And especially taking sick days off work is relatively, I think... it's an unspoken rule that that is not a great thing to do on a consistent basis. There'll be a kind of a judgment that's passed around the office. You know, where’s so-and-so? Oh they're sick again. Okay hmm, interesting. And so people might not always be as sympathetic as perhaps they should be. Again, this is definitely a stereotype. Of course, there are many people who are very kind and sympathetic. Perhaps in comparison to other cultures, you might find that there's more of a looking down on being ill and being weak like this. Another example is taking a nap. You could quite possibly be seen as lazy if you take a nap at work. Number three, we don't like talking about class even though we know it exists. Okay, so this is kind of a tricky subject. I think the class system in the UK has been relatively famous around the world. You know, we can watch period dramas and get a pretty clear understanding that there was the upper class and the lower class. These days it's much more complicated than that and less clear, less obvious. It's difficult to tell what class or background someone has come from. As technology has meant that what we perceive to be good jobs is shifting and changing, people are coming into a lot of money in different ways and it's easier to become a multi-millionaire or something through entrepreneurship than let's say, owning land. But having said that, that the class system is shifting and changing rapidly, there is a distinction between just being rich and being of higher class. Yeah, it's to do with subtle things like the way you speak, the way you dress, your interests, your hobbies. But the reason I've written it down is because it is never ever talked about. Because it's seen as an unpleasant subject to talk about. And I definitely don't want to be one to push the idea of this class system still being alive and well, or to give you the false impression that, oh yeah, England is like very clear, like upper class, middle class, lower class. No, it's not like that at all. It's a lot more complicated and blurred boundaries, blurred lines there. So even though the class system isn't as strong as it once was, there's still a sense of it existing. Let's say that two people from very different class backgrounds come into conversation with each other. They're going to feel a bit don't quite get each other. The language is a bit different. The way we talk and our mannerisms are different. And so that makes people feel like they're almost from a different world. Even if you've grown up in the same town or neighborhood, you can feel like there's a bit of a jarring sense that we're not quite of the same group. So whatever that is, I think many British people have had this experience in their lives but they will never talk about it. It's not something that's mentioned. It's a kind of a subconscious recognition of there are differences between groups in some way. Now number four, I've had mixed reviews about this one but I think in general, British people tend to use social media less and they use their phones maybe less. I have little bits and pieces of evidence that tell me this might be the case, particularly like Asian friends saying, oh they've come to the UK and their friends text them back within five or six hours or even the next day or two days or a week later and it's still considered a normal communication and friendship. So yeah, I think people are just not texting their friends all the time and means of communication tends to be people prefer to meet in real life than to be constantly texting back and forth. I’d like to put this out to you. What do you think if you've lived in the UK, have you experienced this? That people are using their phones and technology a bit less? It also might go for things like Instagram stories. Maybe you have British friends that tend to share a bit less on their Instagram Story. I think most people would agree with me that using your phone in a social situation when you're supposed to be socialising is one of the rudest things you can do. Unless you're just quickly checking Google Maps or you quickly need to make a phone call, then you shouldn't be scrolling through things, checking social media, looking at your phone. People look down on that a lot. And the last thing is to do with money. As a general rule, people don't like to talk about money in this country. So definitely don't ask anyone what their salary is or how much their house is worth. You'll be likely to be badly perceived if you ask that kind of question. You might come across a friend who's quite open and happy to talk about their salary. So if they give you that information then that's fine. You can carry on talking about it. And people prefer to keep things kind of equal in terms of paying for each other's drinks and dinners and just try to keep a bit of back and forth. But you don't need to talk about the specifics of like you owe me 2 pounds or whatever. Okay, so those are my 5 surprising British attitudes for today. Why are you surprised? Let me know. If you like this video, give it a literal thumbs up and then I’ll know to make Part 2 of this series. Thanks for watching. I'm Susie and I'll see you next time!