So I saw a thread about writing Italian characters so I though I would do one of English characters as I am English!
I know there are some misconceptions about England so I’ll clear some up!
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UPDATED WITH SAYINGS AND MEANINGS
We love tea!
So a lot of people in the Uk do love to drink tea, I personally am not one of them but we don’t really count it as something that defines us or part of our personality.
We’ve all met the Queen/Royal Family
Not that many of us will have even seen the Queen/Royal family in person let alone actually met them but you can go and see Buckingham Palace.
We are all chavs/roadmen
Not true. There will obviously be some but most people will just act and dress like a normal person.
We are all posh
Again, mostly just normal people.
Yes it does rain. A LOT. But, we don’t carry umbrellas around 24/7 just waiting for it. The summer can be quite nice sometimes but we do get random heatwaves so everyone will immediately have a bbq whilst they can. We very rarely have snow and if we do it won’t settle, it’ll melt on impact with the floor or settle a tiny bit and be gone within the day. It gets pretty cold in the winter so you will think it is going to snow a lot but it never will.
We just wear normal clothes I guess. You can’t go anywhere without seeing the majority of people wearing jeans or leggings.
We have preschool/nursery/playgroup (all the same thing), primary schools, secondary schools, then college or sixth form (you can only go to one of those). By the time you have finished that you are 18 and don’t have to go to any schools anymore if you don’t want to but you can go to university and anything after that. Up until at least secondary school you will have a uniform to wear.
The important tests you have are SATs which are in yr6 and GCSEs which are in yr11. Well primary schools treat SATs like they are really important but they don’t really do much, just give secondary school an idea of your abilities so far to help with what set to put you in for maths and anything else.
The years in the Uk are different to grades in the US. Each year is one above the grade e.g. yr9 = 8th grade
There are also key stages but I don’t fully remember what they are. Yr1, and yr2 are key stage 1 I think or just the ‘infants’ yr3 - yr6 are the ‘juniors’ and I think key stage 2
I don’t really remember what happens with the key stages after this but I’m pretty sure yr11 is in key stage 4
We use pounds (£)
The different coins are 1p coins, 2p coins, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, one pound coins and two pound coins
We also have notes which come in £5, £10, £20, £50 and possibly higher but no one would use higher unless they were rich.
With English politics there is the house of commons, there are 650 seats. When there is an election for example, if the labour party win 5 seats, conservatives win 2 seats and UKIP win 1 seats. this means the labour party has the majority of seats and when it comes to decisions the party that has the most seats have the majority overall on the decisions. (hopefully I haven’t confused you. As well as when deciding an outcome of something , for example the latest big political decision was made on free school meals for children in school, for example say in the conservative party all parties will get a separate answer of what they are in favour of, even though they come from the same party doesn’t mean they have to choose the same option but in the school meal debate the conservatives hold the majority of seats, within the seats post people voted to not have free school meals anymore. so the decision was to cut the funding for it. also you vote or seats in the house of commons and the prime minister separately. I hope this helps, I am not too into politics but i do keep my head into some topics and vote. Also to relate it to America, the conservative party would be for like Donald trump and the labour party would be for Biden
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Ok so the whole chips, fries and crisps debate.
The fat ones are chips. The skinny ones are fries. The ones that come in a bag are crisps. There is no other way other than some people do call fries chips too.
Biscuits, cookies and scones.
We sometimes call biscuits and cookies the same thing but not always. I would call a cookie a softer one like a chocolate chip cookie. Biscuits are often found sold in tins with lots of different types in them and are harder in texture.
You would eat scones with jam and clotted cream NOT GRAVY.
Some people will say scone like cone (with an s at the start obviously) and some people say it like scon. There is not a right way but there is a big debate soo.
Where you store chocolate
This is a debate we decided to have in a science lesson when I was at school, do you store chocolate in the fridge or cupboard?
I would say cupboard, you don’t want your chocolate rock hard and impossible but apparently more people than I though do keep it in the fridge. They all say it is to stop it from melting so fair enough.
So we eat a variety in the Uk as you would expect but there are some classics.
Fish and chips is a classic but I don’t like cooked fish so I get kebab which is also great
Chocolate and sweets
Basically any takeaway - curry, chinese, pizza etc
Especially as a kid but for lunch beans on toast chef’s kiss
Sandwiches are a pretty normal lunch
Cheese Toastie is a greattt lunch
Haha Tesco meal deal
Pot noodle, I personally love these
Tesco. There’s Tesco extra and Tesco express but no one ever calls them those, it’s big Tesco and Little Tesco
Waitrose but I really feel you only go to Waitrose if you are either on a trip somewhere like driving to London etc or another reason I can’t remember
All the counties in England:
Bath and North East Somerset
East Riding of Yorkshire
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly
Tyne & Wear
Sayings and meanings
Some can be used in their own and some can be used in a sentence
If you need help putting any in a sentence then feel free to ask!
‘That’s bloody awful’
*Also just about blood
*Idk how to describe it but just the phrase ‘bloody hell’
‘How the bloody hell did you do that?’
Just ‘bloody hell’ on its own. Watch clips from Harry Potter for context because I can’t really describe this
*Just a greeting, they aren’t actually asking how you are so it’s best to just answer with ‘yeah, you?’
*Tacky, worthless, unfashionable
‘The party was naff’
*Same as ‘garbage’
*Also to describe things you don’t like or don’t agree with
‘They’re the best band in the world!’
*Shotgun or dibs
*Something completely ordinary with nothing extra
*Nothing to do with a toilet
‘It was just your bog standard room to be honest’
*A boot as in a shoe
*The compartment at the back of the car (trunk)
*Abbreviation of ‘umbrella’
‘You must be chuffed!’
‘A cheeky grin’
*Pleasurable, self indulgent
‘A cheeky pint’
*To waste time
‘Stop faffing around’
‘I was absolutely gutted’
*Abbreviation of isn’t it
*Not used by older generations
*Make a run for it
‘I had to leg it!
*Something you can say to show surprise, shock, etc.
*To moan, groan, and complain in an irritating or whiney fashion
If you have any questions about anything let me know below!