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Old 25th January 2008, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default What's England like?

I may be going to England in the near future for like 6 months. I'll know more details pretty soon.
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Old 25th January 2008, 05:28 PM   #2
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I may be going to England in the near future for like 6 months. I'll know more details pretty soon.
Damp and expensive - petrol is $10 a gallon, beer $5 a pint
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Old 25th January 2008, 05:34 PM   #3
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Damp and expensive - petrol is $10 a gallon, beer $5 a pint
Nice summation . Str8 and to the point.
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He forgot the best bit - it's closer to Spain for you!!!!
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Old 25th January 2008, 05:49 PM   #5
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Damp and expensive - petrol is $10 a gallon, beer $5 a pint
And the interest rate is higher.
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Where in England makes a big difference... any idea about that?
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Old 25th January 2008, 05:57 PM   #7
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I like the airports
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I like the airports
I think what you meant to say was: "I like the airports and pubs".
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Where in England makes a big difference... any idea about that?
Either Solihull or Leeds.
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Old 25th January 2008, 06:19 PM   #10
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Solihull or Leeds? May God (or whoever else is in charge) grace you with Leeds.

I went to University there, great city.
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Either Solihull or Leeds.
City of my birth and a great night out, close to magnificent scenery of the Dales and the Wolds and the coast (70 miles). Teeming with Yorkshiremen so pretty good. Yorkshire is a bit like Catalunya - part of the UK that thinks its independent. Leeds is the first city of the region and a prety affluent town - We have the other Harvey Nicks.

I think if I could chose I'd plump for Leeds - loads of apartments available near the centre, real Tetleys bitter (not the stuff they make in Warrington or Burton), a spanish group that meets twice a month and of course I could be easily available for the occasional evening out...
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Either Solihull or Leeds.
Oh my god, thats North of Watford. I'm afraid I can't help you, they have funny ways up there. One reference that may help are the books of James Herriot, a vet posted to Yorkshire in the 1930's. I think it's pretty much the same as that really.
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Old 25th January 2008, 09:03 PM   #13
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Where in England makes a big difference...
For instance, the difference between greater London, the Channel Islands and Bodmin Moor - last Wednesday I saw a program about some lonely guys living in the Bodmin area - surely this must be one of the spookiest places in Europe!

Huuu... huuu (tawny owl calling in the night)

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Wow, you guys live expensively!
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Old 3rd February 2008, 01:55 PM   #15
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I may be going to England in the near future for like 6 months.
In case you're interested, here's a great online guide to British slang:

http://english2american.com/

In Holland, we are getting inundated with English (not that I mind, though - on the contrary, as long as it's not Dunglish! ), and about 75% of it is American English. Sometimes it's difficult to keep track of the differences, especially because American English has been making inroads into the UK as well. For example, I always thought 'jaywalking' was American English, but I have heard it on the BBC, too!

At the moment I'm reading a great primer on Britain for ESL students, 'Britain: The Country And its People: An Introduction For Learners of English' by James O'Driscoll. It's helping me to become more aware of British customs, British culture, etc. For instance, a 'public school' in Britain is really a private school! The book could be of some use to native speakers of English outside the UK as well, so I'd like to recommend it.
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P.s. ValenciaSon: the book on Britain is not a book on language, it's about the country and its customs, institutions, etc.
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Some accents here,

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KH_kOjsXakM
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For example, I always thought 'jaywalking' was American English, but I have heard it on the BBC, too!
Because we don't (as far as I know) have a word for it.
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