Are you ready for a trip to an English-speaking country?

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Are you ready for a trip to an English Speaking Country?

So folks now you have learnt some super English, are you ready to put it to the test?

Are you going to, or have you ever visited an English Speaking country?  Here are some etiquette tips for your next trip, read on…..

 ☕The United Kingdom

In the UK, a good handshake is also a sign of good manners, good firm grip, no wet soppy limp hands please. In the case of relatives and those we know well, we can greet them with a kiss on the cheek. One kiss is enough. What English expressions should you use? A simple “hello” will be sufficient or you could also ask the person how they are, even if you have just met.

If you are out and about in a pub or bar, or having a coffee, whatever you do, do not just sit down and wait to be served, it’s not going to happen (unless it’s somewhere upmarket).  You order and pay at the counter before you sample the local delicacies, what a great way to practice your English!

We Brits say, thank you A LOT and sorry, so don’t worry if somebody brushes past you and says “sorry”, it’s common courtesy.

🍔 The United States of America

Even in the USA, handshakes are very common. In the case of greeting a woman that you know well, you could also give her a gentle hug. Additionally, it is often a sign of politeness to greet someone you make eye contact with while passing on the street. Most common phrases when greeting someone are, “How you doin?”, or “Hey, what’s up?”

💸 Tipping

Tipping is done in the US and also the UK, however, don’t tip in pubs or clubs and definitely don’t tip at the movies or the theatre!

🍟 Portion sizes

Be careful, portion sizes are usually huge in The States, if your eyes are bigger than your belly, you can ask for a “doggie bag”, and take away your mammoth sized pizza for breakfast…..

👌 New Zealand / Australia

In New Zealand, The Maori greet each other with the hongi. This is a ritual in which two people press their foreheads and their noses together while breathing in at the same time. However, this is a traditional greeting, which is now reserved for formal occasions. If you meet someone on the street, you don’t need to greet people with the hongi. A simple handshake and eye contact will be just fine.

In Australia, don‘t feel as though you should say “Gday” or “mate”, these are social stereotypes. Good handshake and again, hello is enough.

If you are driving, don’t forget, Australians (like the Brits) drive on the left hand side of the road!  The same applies for escalators, keep to the left and for goodness sake, don’t block anybody who is in a hurry and wants to pass you!

In Australia, they call a fridge an esky, this afternoon is this arvo, barbeque is a Barbie and my favourite RIPPER, which means, really great!!

Have you ever heard any strange words when travelling to an English speaking country?  Let us know, and our team of experts will give you the full translation.

Louise

 

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