Drinking Tea in England — British Culture

Learn about the British fondness for a cup of tea:

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Relying on Benefits in The UK – Why?

Answering one of your questions: why do people rely so much on benefits (welfare) in the UK? And does all the relying on benefits have a negative impact on wages.

Note: views expressed are my personal opinions and these are not representative of what a typical English person would say regarding welfare and benefits.

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Greensleeves

‘Greensleeves’ was a popular song in Tudor England. I have known this song since I was a child and I often find myself humming along to its tune. If you have lived in England, you may also recognise this tune from the music that is played by some ice cream vans as they drive around trying to catch the attention of children!

‘Greensleeves’ is sometimes said to have been written by King Henry VIII of […]

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How Tone of Voice Can Lie

Did you ever talk to an English person and get confused because what they were saying to you didn’t quite seem to make sense? – Perhaps you encountered one of the sophisticated liars of England who make use of tone of voice and speaking style to appear nice, professional or kind when telling you something that doesn’t quite make sense and often means the opposite.

The sophisticated liars of England are […]

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Posh Girls’ Names (UK)

What girls’ names are posh in the UK? Find out the poshest girls’ names in Britain and how to pronounce them…


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15 POSH GIRLS’ NAMES:

Ottilie
Tilda
Iona
Annabel
Mimi
Bea
Cressida
Arabella
Zara
Kitty
Imogen
Eliza
Isadora
Lettie
Clementine

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Unusual Names for Girls (Hippy Names)

What are the unusual names for girls that may be chosen in the UK? Here’s a list of hippy and magical names for baby naming inspiration…


TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON: CLICK HERE.

 Download High Quality Audio: CLICK HERE.

35 Hippy and Magical Names for Girls’ UK:

Avalon
Agartha
Inanna
Isolde
Tatiana
Vesta
Ether
Luna
Selene
Sage
Sable
Althea
Aria
Astrid
Samsara
Gaia
Maia
Maya
Pandora
Sorrel
Genesis
Ambrosia
Tali
Jasper
Jet
Wren
Veda
Rowan
Oonagh
Arcadia
Lani
Enfys
Lemuria
Shaylee
Faylinn

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Most Populous Cities in The UK

What are the biggest cities in the UK? Find out the population size and learn how to pronounce the most populous cities in the United Kingdom…


TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON: CLICK HERE.

 Download High Quality Audio: CLICK HERE.

TOP TEN MOST POPULOUS CITIES (UK):

London
Manchester
Birmingham
Leeds & Bradford
Glasgow
Liverpool
Southampton & Portsmouth
Newcastle & Sunderland
Sheffield
Bristol
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Posh Boys’ Names (UK)

What first names are trendy and posh for boys in the UK? Find out posh boys names and learn IPA…


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Trendy Posh Boys’ Names UK

Badger
Felix
Cosmo
Jago
Zebedee
Noah
Isaac
Rafferty
Casper
Aeneas
Ossian
Marcus
Peregrine
Gideon
Ilan
Horatio
Tobias
Otis
Guy
Roland
Jacob
Benedict
Piers
Theo
Crispin


Do you know any posh boys’ names that are not on my list? Leave a comment below…

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What do British People Eat?

The most common foods eaten in Britain and their cost in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Typical groceries purchased in the UK 2014:

sliced white bread
doughnuts
frozen pizza
beef mince
ham
canned tuna
semi skimmed milk
mature cheddar
eggs
margarine
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Top 30 Pet Names UK 2014

Top Ten British pet names in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON —> CLICK HERE.

Most common names for cats and dogs UK 2014:

Bella
Poppy
Alfie
Charlie
Lola
Bailey
Buddy
Milo
Ruby
Daisy
Max
Teddy
Oscar
Rosie
Molly
Dexter
Archie
Marley
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Top 10 British Girls Names Past and Present

Top Ten British girls names and their meanings past and present. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON —> CLICK HERE.

2014 Top 10 British Girls’ Names
Sophia
Emily
Lily
Olivia
Amelia
Isla
Isabella
Ava
Sophie
Chloe

1994 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Emma
Emily
Sophie
Amy
Jessica
Hannah
Charlotte
Jade
Rebecca
Lauren

1954 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Jane
Elizabeth
Ann
Carol
Patricia
Janet
Margaret
Christine
Linda
Susan

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Top 30 British Surnames and Their Meanings

Most Common Surnames in Britain and their pronunciation…

TO DO THE IPA PRONUNCIATION LESSON —> CLICK HERE.

Most Common British Surnames 2014

1 Smith
2 Jones
3 Taylor
4 Williams
5 Brown
6 Davies
7 Evans
8 Wilson
9 Thomas
10 Roberts
11 Johnson
12 Lewis
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Renting in London: What to Expect

What’s it like to live in London? Here’s what you can expect renting from a private landlord on a low salary…

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How Expensive is London?

How much does it cost to eat a simple lunch in an average place in London? Find out in the video below…

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London and money: CLICK HERE.


 

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How to Pronounce Places in London – The Cockney Way

How to say names of places in London in a Cockney / Estuary English accent.

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(1) Ends in -ham
Tottenham
Streatham
Peckham
Sydenham
Fulham
Lewisham
Balham

(2) Ends in -den / -don
Camden
Croydon
Hendon
Wimbledon

(3) Ends in -ton
Paddington
Euston
Clapton
Dalston
Haggerston
Hoxston
Stoke Newington
Islington

(4) th fronting
Southwark
South London
North London
Blackheath
Heathrow
Bethnal Green

(5) Dark /l/
Millwall
Forest Hill
Russell Square
Crystal Palace
BUT NOT: London Bridge, Leyton or Turnpike Lane

(6) Glottals either /t/ /p/ or /k/
Tooting
Waterloo
Clapham
Gatwick
Streatham

(7) H-dropping
Hackney Wick
Highbury
High […]

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