España: flamenco, toros y tortilla de patatas. Francia: queso, Torre Eiffel y jersey a rayas. Son imágenes que se nos vienen a la cabeza cuando oímos hablar de un país en particular. Olivia García, directora del centro de Coslada, nos desvela hoy 10 estereotipos sobre lo “inglés” que seguro identificas.
What are the first things that come to your mind when you hear ‘English’? This is a list of the most common stereotypes. Are there any similarities with yours?
The typical English man wearing a bowler hat and reading ‘The Times’ . Maybe you have seen this typical English gentleman in films because they do not wear in this way in the real life. David Tomlinson, in ‘Mary Poppins’, shows us how the image of the English gentleman is.
Bulldog: In the past, these dogs were trained to fight against other dogs or even against other animals such as bears! but this practice was abolished in England. Nowadays, the bull dog is one of the main symbols of England.
Tea: The afternoon tea (or coffee), it is the traditional four o´clock tea with afternoon tea sandwiches made of cucumber and with the crusts off. High tea or tea. It is drunk between 5 and 7 o’ clock when people leave work, so it is the tea for working population.
Big Ben. It is located in Westminster Abbey. It is thought that the name comes from Benjamin Hall who was the first in charge of its construction. Other people think that the name is a tribute to Ben Count, a boxer who became very popular in 1858, when the bell of the Big Ben was molten.
English breakfast. It consists in bacon, poached or fried eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried bread or a toast with butter, sausages and baked beans served with a mug of tea. It gives you energy!
Fish and chips. It is the typical fast food in UK. It consists in different kinds of fish coated in batter (cod is the most common), it is fried with chips.
Double-decker bus. It is other of the symbols in the British culture. You would like to travel in the second deck to be a witness of all the wonderful things the country can offer you.
Royal family. There cannot be the slightest doubt that it is the monarchy with the longest history and tradition in the world (or one of them). The British monarchy is one of the best symbols of the country. Who did not know the Queen of England?
The weather.It is usually rainy and foggy. There is a meteorological phenomenon called smog which is a mixture of smoke (provoked by the pollution) and fog. This gives the country a grey appearance but it lets us some beautiful images like this…