You thought crossing the English Channel would be easy. However, you have made mistakes since your arrival. lepetitjournal.com presents 10 things not to do in the UK. Please note, this list of “Don’ts” is not exhaustive!
Confusing England with the rest of Great Britain
England is not Great Britain, just as Holland is not Holland. England is only a part of the British nation. When you talk about the English, you therefore ignore the Scots, the Northern Irish or the Welsh. It is therefore better to use the terms “Great Britain” or “Great Britain” when talking about the country, as your interlocutors will be “British” and not “English”. Did you know that each of the British nations has its own flower?
Forget that cars drive on the left
First note, and it’s a matter of survival: cars drive on the left in the UK. By force of habit, we can quickly forget this small detail that is important. So be careful to look carefully when crossing and above all check your directions before taking the wheel (on the right side)!
Stand on the wrong side of the escalator
The same rule applies on foot. The British go up and down the escalators from the left. It is therefore necessary to close to the right to let the others pass. If you don’t want to upset British slime, stay on the safe side.
Do not abuse polite expressions
The French are generally polite (yes, yes, we can assure you!), but from this point of view the British beat us hand to hand. A conversation must necessarily be characterized by “thank you”, “hello” or even “please”. “Sorry” is essential and must be repeated until repentance.
Make fun of the royal family
King Charles III may have big ears, but that’s not why he should be respected. Although the British royal family has been through its share of scandals, the British are deeply attached to the monarchy. Just look at the hours spent by the 250,000 people queuing to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II. God save the king!
Double in line
Another courtesy not to forget: stay in your place in the many queues. If Covid-19 has slightly changed behaviour, Britons are queuing everywhere: waiting for their pint, their coffee or before entering the tube. So don’t choose chaos anymore and don’t try to win a few seats with any kind of deficit. Please wait in line!
His Majesty’s subjects are very punctual, unlike the French. Here, it is not acceptable to be late and even for a quarter of an hour. The same applies to professional life. It is important to be on time for meetings, to meet deadlines and, above all, to take other people’s schedules into account.
Underestimating distances in London
The city of London is gigantic. While Paris in its intramural version reaches 105 km2, London has 1572 km2. It is therefore important not to underestimate the distances and, above all, to calculate your transport journeys well, because the distance between two metro stations can be counted in several kilometres. So use public transport (even at night) or bring good walking shoes.
To speak ill of British gastronomy
Perhaps the words “foodie” and “British” hardly seem to go together. And yet Fish and chips, Sunday roasts, shepherd’s pies, scones and of course spotted dicks will delight you! And then London is one of the international capitals of gastronomy for its restaurants with many international influences. You will surely enjoy your best tikka masala or delicious artisan doughnuts, not forgetting the hoppy sweets from the best international beers!
Neglecting pub culture
If you’re looking for a Brit in the evening, it’s bound to be in a pub. Like the aperitif of the French, going to the pub is a must to make friends and also to bond with your colleagues. And in the UK, the rule is simple: everyone has their own round! On the other hand, be careful, pints can be treacherous and it’s better to slip away before you regret your behavior. Don’t worry, the next day, back at the office, everyone will act like nothing happened.
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