Les 10 differences entre la France et l’Angleterre

La distance la plus courte entre la France et l’Angleterre ne dépasse pas les 30 kms, en effet ses deux pays sont quasi-frontalier mais pourtant on peut observer des différences culturelles importantes :

  1. Ce que l’on remarque tout de suite c’est bien évidemment la conduite à gauche, on ne peut pas y échapper en venant ici. Le volant des voitures est à droite, le sens de circulation est donc aussi inversé par rapport à la France. Il faut faire très attention lorsque l’on traverse et adopter les bon réflexes Anglais et ainsi éviter de se faire écraser.

 

  1. Le fuseau horaire n’est pas le même qu’en France, malgré la proximité des deux pays, on enlève une heure lorsque l’on arrive sur le territoire Anglais. Il faut donc bien penser à régler sa montre lors de l’arrivée.

 

  1. Attention aux prises électriques! Effectivement ce ne sont pas les mêmes, impossible de recharger vos appareils si vous n’avez pas acheté préalablement un adaptateur. Alors un conseil, soyez-prévoyants.

 

  1. Autre différence à laquelle on ne peut pas échapper c’est la disposition des touches sur le clavier d’ordinateur. Le clavier Français commence par les touches « azerty » alors que le clavier Anglais débute par « qwerty ». Une autre habitude à adopter quand vous serez sur place.

 

  1. Fait que vous n’ignoriez surement pas, la monnaie est différente. En Angleterre on paye en livres. N’oubliez donc pas de convertir les prix en euro et faites attention car l’euro est plus faible que la livre.

 

  1. Les bus sont aussi impressionnants, en effet ils sont sur deux étages et donc très grands. Cela fait partie des caractéristiques de l’Angleterre et dans certaines villes les fameux bus sont de couleur rouge.

 

  1. Les quartiers pavillonnaires sont aussi très typiques de ce pays. Toutes les échoppes se ressemblent avec pratiquement la même disposition. Les maisons sont similaires à perte de vue.

 

  1. Pour les enfants le port des uniformes à l’école est obligatoire. C’est amusant de voir les écoliers le matin avec leur « lunch » à la main, bien habillé avec le plus souvent pour les filles des jupes et pour les garçons des pantalons qui ne sont pas des jeans.

 

  1. Le matin les Anglais contrairement aux Français ne se font pas la bise, un simple « Good morning » suffit.

 

  1. Enfin le repas du midi pour les Anglais est beaucoup moins important que les autres, pour les travailleurs un simple sandwich suffit et les pauses déjeuners ne sont pas aussi conviviales comme cela peut l’être en France, chacun prend sa pause du midi quand il le désire, alors ne soyez pas étonner la première fois.

 

 

Using music to study

How many times have you sat down to study, only to get distracted by watching videos on YouTube, or songs on the radio? If you’re anything like us, then it’s a lot! But many people don’t realise just how useful music is for language learning – there are many ways that you can combine your love of music and your need to improve your English into one process.

YouTube

Of course, YouTube is a fantastic language learning resource already, with thousands of teachers around the world sharing lessons online. In terms of music, if you search for the ‘karaoke’ version of the song (lyrics on the screen, but no vocal sound) or simple the version ‘with lyrics’ you can practise singing along to your favourite tracks in English, improve your pronunciation, and entertain your neighbours at the same time!

Write what you hear, then check on the internet

Another great way to use music streaming services is to try and write the words of the song as you listen, pausing and repeating as often as you need to. After you think you’ve written as much as you can, search for the lyrics and see if you were correct, especially with spelling.

Lyrics Training

A great website that helps you to relate what you hear to the written word. With thousands of popular songs in many languages, you can select one that you love, and then type or click the correct words as the song plays. Make it into a competition with your friends and see who has the best memory!

Local music nights

Both Reading and Southampton have loads of great live music venues and they’re the perfect place to listen to English language music and meet people with similar interests to you. Try Sub89, The Oakford Social Club, South Street Arts Centre, The Face Bar and The Global Café in Reading, or The Joiners, Engine Rooms and the Guildhall in Southampton.

Join a choir

Another great way to meet people and share your passion for music is to join a choir. There are many choral groups around the UK, ranging from the more traditional, classical choirs to those which are all about modern pop music.

Music as background

Of course, there are some times when you just need to put your head down and focus, but music can help you with that too! There have been several studies which show that classical music can improve your concentration. Try these suggestions from the BBC – BBC In Tune

Willkommen in Southampton!

Southampton ist eine Großstadt an der Südküste des Vereinigten Königreichs, etwa 110 Kilometer südwestlich von London gelegen. Southampton ist eine geschichtsträchtige Stadt und aufgrund ihrer weitreichenden Beziehungen ein wichtiges Geschäftsviertel. Tatsächlich war Southampton eine der wichtigsten Hafenstädte unter dem Römischen Reich und unzerstörbar während des Zweiten Weltkriegs.

Besonders bekannt ist Southampton für seinen Hafen, in welchem die Titanic 1912 zu ihrer ersten und letzten Reise aufbrach. Außerdem war der Hafen auch der Ausgangspunkt für Mayflower-Pilger nach Amerika.

Durch die Nähe zum Meer ist das Klima angenehm. Die Temperaturen in Southampton sind im Allgemeinen höher als anderswo: Die Sommer sind heiß und die Winter mild.

Southampton ist bekannt für seine Fußgänger- und Fahrradfreundlichkeit, die so jedem die Möglichkeit bietet, (günstig) die Umgebung zu genießen.

Einige Gründe, Southampton zu besuchen:

Atme frische Luft ein!

Die Stadt ist voll von Grünflächen, vor allem im Stadtzentrum. Die in den 1860er Jahren geschaffenen Central Parks (West Park, East Park, Palmerston Park, Houndwell, Hoglands und Queen’s Park) erstrecken sich bis ins Herz der Stadt und sind von „English Heritage“ (Wohltätigkeitsorganisation, die über 400 historische Denkmäler, Gebäude und Orte verwaltet) als historische Parks und Gärten aufgeführt. Diese sind ideal für einen Spaziergang unter freiem Himmel und gleichzeitig kannst du die schönen Landschaften betrachten und das Grün genießen.

Bleiben Sie in Form!

Southamptons Fußballmannschaft spielt in der ersten Liga und der Sport ist für Southampton im Allgemeinen von großer Bedeutung: Überall in der Stadt gibt es Sportzentren für Fußball, schwimmen oder andere Aktivitäten.

Historisches Umfeld:

Die Stadt hat mehrere interessante Museen wie z. B. das Archäologiemuseum, das „SeaCity Museum“ und das „Tudour House and garden“. Das Archäologiemuseum beherbergt eine der überraschendsten Sammlungen Großbritanniens. Du kannst z. B. in das, Mayflower Theatre“ gehen, welches direkt nach den Londoner Theatern das bekannteste Theater in Großbritannien ist. 

Freizeit:

In der ganzen Stadt werden verschiedene und abwechslungsreiche Konzerte organisiert, so ist gewiss für jeden Geschmack was dabei. Darüber hinaus beherbergt die Stadt einen der wichtigsten Freizeitkomplexe an der Südküste: “Ocean Village“, mit Restaurants, Bars und vielem mehr.Southampton ist eine ruhige, aber dynamische Stadt. Nicht zuletzt dank ihrer Lage, die sie bietet, und der Studenten, die von den Universitäten angezogen werden. Alles in allem ist die allgemeine Lebensqualität in Southampton ausgezeichnet.

Bienvenido a Southampton

Southampton es una de las principales ciudades de la costa sur del Reino Unido, situada a unos 110 kilómetros al suroeste de Londres. Es una ciudad rica en historia y tiene una importante zona comercial para realizar actividades. De hecho, fue una de las ciudades portuarias más importantes bajo el Imperio Romano y un verdadero escudo durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Es particularmente conocida por su puerto que acogió al Titanic” en 1912 para su primer y último viaje. También fue el punto de partida inicial para los peregrinos de Mayflower a América.Debido a su proximidad al mar, el clima es agradable. Las temperaturas son generalmente más altas en Southampton que en otros lugares: los veranos son calurosos y los inviernos suaves.

Southampton es una ciudad llamada bicicleta y ofrece numerosos sitios para pasear y disfrutar de sus alrededores.

Algunas razones para visitar Southampton:

¡Respira aire fresco!

La ciudad está llena de espacios verdes, especialmente en el centro de la ciudad. Creados en la década de 1860, los parques centrales West Park, East Park, Palmerston Park, Houndwell, Hoglands y Queen’s Park se extienden hasta el corazón de la ciudad y están clasificados como parques y jardines históricos por el Patrimonio Inglés. Se pueden contemplar los bellos paisajes y es ideal para pasear al aire libre y disfrutar del verdor.

¡Manténte en forma!

El equipo de fútbol de Southampton juega en la primera liga y la ciudad le da mucha importancia al deporte en general. En los alrededores de la ciudad hay centros deportivos de fútbol, natación y otras actividades.

 Actividades culturales:

La ciudad cuenta con varios museos de interés como el Museo Arqueológico, el Museo Marítimo, el Museo y los jardines de la Casa Tudor. El Museo de Arqueología alberga una de las colecciones más sorprendentes del Reino Unido. El Mayflower Theatre es, por ejemplo, el más importante del Reino Unido después de los teatros de Londres.

 Ocio:

Se organizan múltiples y diferentes conciertos por toda la ciudad. Además, la ciudad alberga uno de los complejos de ocio más importantes de la costa sur, el Ocean Village.

Southampton es una ciudad tranquila pero dinámica gracias al entorno que ofrece y a los estudiantes que atraen sus universidades. Además, la calidad de vida en general es excelente.

¡Así que no lo dudes más, atrévete a cambiar y ven a estudiar a Eurospeak Southampton!

Food in the UK

  • Fish and chips

A must have, it is the most famous British dish in Great Britain! This fish (cod or haddock) covered with a thick layer of batter before being immersed in boiling oil is served with vinegar chips and/or with a pea purée. To be tested at least once! You can still enjoy it today in the oldest fish-and-chip shop still in operation “The Oldest Fish & Chip Shop in the World ” in Yeadon, near Leeds.

  • Full English breakfast

It is also known as “bacon and eggs”. It consists of bacon, fried eggs, sausages, beans, “hash brown” (potatoes and fried bread crumbs, shaped like a hamburger), fried tomatoes and mushrooms, all served with toasted bread next to the plate. It’s a real calorie festival, but it’s delicious!

  • Sunday roast

It’s the most common dish in English cuisine. This roast beef is traditionally served with Yorkshire pudding. Yorkshire pudding is a salty cake made from eggs, milk, flour and baked in the cooking fat of the meat. The roast is served with baked potatoes and steamed or roasted vegetables – all washed down with some thick gravy sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Toad in the hole

This all-time British classic consists of sausages wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding-like smooth batter and baked in the oven. They are served with an onion juice sauce mixed with wine or English beer and mashed potatoes. It may seem strange to look at, but it tastes great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Chicken masala

Due to their past, Indian culture has strongly influenced English food. This chicken dish with tomato sauce, cream and fenugreek spice is served in most Indian restaurants. It’s served with rice. It is not uncommon for fast food companies like MacDonald’s or Burger King to launch chicken masala variants of their burgers since it’s so popular.

  • Haggis

This Scottish speciality is prepared with sheep offal, onions, oats and lard. This dish is traditionally cooked in a broth with the meat enclosed in a sheep’s belly. However, we can reassure you that today synthetic casings are used instead. Most of the time, the “haggis” is served with mashed potatoes.

  • Bangers and Mash

Nothing more than sausages served on a generous portion of mashed potatoes, topped with a gravy sauce. Simple, quick and delicious!

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

It’s a pie made with salted beef broth, thickened with flour or cornstach and often with ale or stout added. you can serve a magpie in different ways, depending on the meat you use. If you don’t like beef, other versions with chicken or fish exist.

 

Bienvenue à Southampton

Si vous avez envie d’améliorer votre niveau d’anglais, il n’y a rien de mieux qu’une total immersion dans un pays anglophone et pour changer de Londres pourquoi ne pas venir étudier à Southampton?

Southampton se situe au sud de l’Angleterre, les températures y sont donc bien plus élevées que n’importe quelle autre ville plus au nord. C’est la plus grande ville du comté d’Hampshire avec une population de 250 000 habitants, elle se trouve seulement à 1 heure et 20 minutes de Londres en train et à 30 minutes de Bournemouth, cette dernière possède une très belle plage dont on peut profiter spécialement durant l’été.C’est une ville riche en histoire et une zone commerciale importante du fait de son activité. En effet, elle était l’une des villes portuaires les plus importantes sous l’empire romain et un véritable bouclier durant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale. Elle est notamment connue pour son port qui a accueilli le Titanic en 1912 pour son premier et dernier voyage. Elle fut également le point initial de départ des pèlerins du Mayflower pour l’Amérique.

Pourquoi visiter Southampton?

Respirer de l’air pur !

La ville est pleine d’espaces verts notamment dans le centre-ville. Créés dans les années 1860, les parcs centraux (West Park, East Park, Palmerston Park, Houndwell, Hoglands et Queen’s Park) s’étendent au cœur de la ville et sont inscrits sur la liste des parcs et jardins historiques du English Heritage. On peut y contempler les très beaux paysages et cela est très agréable pour une ballade à l’air libre et pour profiter de la verdure.

Gardez la forme !

L’équipe de football de Southampton joue dans la ligue 1 et la ville donne beaucoup d’importance au sport de manière générale. Autour de la ville vous trouverez des centres sportifs pour pratiquer le foot, la natation ou d’autres activités.

Les activités culturelles:

Pour les amateurs d’arts, d’histoires et de théâtre c’est l’endroit idéal, en effet dans la ville on trouve beaucoup de musées : SeaCity Museum, Solent Sky, Southampton City Art Gallery,Titanic Story, Tudor House Museum entres autres où les expositions y sont totalement gratuites. Ne ratez pas le musée d’archéologie, le musée maritime, le musée et les jardins de la Maison Tudor. Le Musée d’Archéologie détient l’une des collections les plus surprenantes du Royaume-Uni!

Il est aussi possible d’assister à des pièces de théâtres, des comédies musicales, opéra et des ballets au théâtre Mayflower ainsi qu’au théâtre Nueffield. Le théâtre du Mayflower est, par exemple, le plus important du Royaume-Uni après les théâtres londoniens.

Les loisirs:

Des concerts divers et variés sont organisés dans toute la ville. De plus, la ville abrite l’un des complexes de loisirs les plus importants de la côte Sud, l’OceanVillage.

La ville dispose aussi de son propre aéroport avec de nombreuses liaisons pour voyager vers d’autres villes pour moins de 150 livres.

L’autre manière de voyager est en empruntant la mer, de nombreuses croisières partent du port de Southampton. Vous pouvez également prendre un ferry vers l’île de Wight qui est une destination très populaire où un grand festival se déroule en Juin «Isle of wight». Créée en 1968 ce festival a notamment accueilli Jimmy Hendrix, The Who et bien d’autres. 

Pour résumé Southampton est une ville calme mais dynamique grâce au cadre qu’elle offre et aux étudiants que ses universités attirent, c’est de ce fait une ville multiculturelle. De plus la qualité générale de la vie y est excellente.

Alors n’hésitez plus, osez le changement et venez étudier à Eurospeak Southampton !

Easter in Spain

Easter in Spain – Seville

Holy Week in Spain is the annual tribute of the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods and fraternities that perform penance processions, declared of International Tourist Interest, they take place on the streets of almost every Spanish city and town during the last week of Lent, the week immediately before Easter. These associations have their origins in the Middle Age, but also in the Baroque Period and in the last two centuries.

It is celebrated in the week leading up to Easter and features the procession of pasos, floats of life like wooden sculptures.
Some of them are of great antiquity and are considered artistic masterpieces, as well as being culturally and spiritually important to the local Catholic population.

 Traditional Dress

The nazareno or penitential are dressed with a tunic, a hood with conical tip, used to conceal the face of the wearer, and sometimes a cloak. The exact colors and forms of these robes depend on the procession. The robes were widely used in the medieval period to demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity. They carry processional candles or rough-hewn wooden crosses, may walk the city streets barefoot, and, in some places may carry shackles and chains on their feet as penance.

The traditional suit worn by women on Thursday is known as “La Mantilla”. This custom has become revitalized since the 1980s. The outfit consists of the lace mantle, stiffened by shell and a black dress. It is expected for the woman to hold and show a rosary.

The Paso

At the centre of each procession are the pasos, an image  set atop a moveable float of wood.

The processions start in the evening and finish in the midnight, occupying the streets with religious images, nazarenos and incense scent.

The Music

Behind the Paso, you can find the band of bugles and drums and sometimes it includes clarinets or the saxophones. Saeta is a way of singing that is full of passion. It is sang to the Image from a balcony or in the street, meanwhile the Paso is going along its path.

Traditional food

For Catholics, one of the routines during Easter is to eliminate meat from their diet. This seeks to symbolically honor the wishes of Jesus that appear in Scripture.

You can enjoy during this period particularly two products: Cod and Torrijas.

Torrijas are pieces of fried bread soaked in milk or sweet wine. Usually it has a touch of lemon, honey and cinnamon depending on the recipe.

Torrijas
Cod

Easter in France

About the history :

In a France fundamentally Christian, Easter is an essential celebration, even more important than Christmas. Indeed, it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus. It takes place on the first Sunday after the first full moon following March 21th, so no earlier than March 22, if the full moon falls on the evening of the 21st, and no later than April 25. It was traditionally mandatory to drop work, to attend Mass and to receive Holy Communion after confessing. Moreover, Easter Sunday is a public holiday in all Christian countries. In France, it is only the following Monday that is.

Easter Sunday puts an end to the Holy Week. During this week, from Thursday to Saturday, the church bells no longer ring as a sign of mourning. Legend has it that, in some Catholic countries and particularly in France, on the evening of Holy Thursday, the bells go to Rome to be blessed by the Pope. On Sunday at the end of the Easter Mass, they begin to sound more beautiful again to announce the resurrection of Christ. When they return, the bells fly over gardens, houses, fields, parks and parks dropping chocolate eggs. In France, it is therefore the bells that bring chocolates to children and not rabbits as in Germanic and Anglo-Saxon countries.

About the traditions :

There are many traditions in France about Easter, but the most popular among young and old is of course the egg hunt. Indeed during Easter Sunday it is customary to find eggs that are hidden in the garden and/or the house.The eggs were laided there by the bells during the night. Equipped with a small wicker basket, young and old will then go on an Easter egg hunt. Be careful not to forget any at the risk of seeing the eggs deteriorate over time!

In France, Easter is especially synonymous with chocolate in everyone’s minds, but then why do we eat chocolate on Easter holidays?

It was in fact from the 19th century that all-chocolate eggs began to appear, particularly in the 1830s thanks to considerable progress in cocoa processing techniques. Originally it was customary to offer very well decorated eggs and one day we had the idea to insert chocolate inside. This pleases the French who swallowed 13,400 tons of chocolate at Easter in 2018 !

Easter in Germany

Connection to the religion

First of all, how much a German person celebrates Eastern depends on what religion you belong to and how religious you are, because in Germany are living a lot of different religious people. For example, for Christians Eastern is very important, since it is the Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is a kind of connection between God and humans, so that they can get rid of their sins through him. In fact, he’s the Messiah for them. Furthermore, many of the believers go to the church for the worship service on the Easter holidays.

In recent years, many migrants have come to Germany, which is why many people at Easter are committed to bring the holidays like Easter closer to the new inhabitants of Germany.In general, Eastern Family feast, where often several generations come together, eat together traditionally an Easter lamb, which is considered as a sacrificial animal for Jesus’ resurrection.

Traditions

For especially the children the most important thing is probably the Easter egg search:

As a child (or not), on the morning of Easter Sunday, they look in the garden for painted Easter eggs and also for sweets or small gifts. These are usually found in self-made Easter nests and were traditionally hidden by the Easter bunny himself. Many families maintain this tradition even as adults: They continue to look for little things they get from their children or other relatives, so all have a little thing as a gift. Because who doesn’t like gifts?

But in the end, it doesn’t just depend on the gifts, however, many have so the possibility to make their loved ones a joy. In addition, many children also do handicrafts, so it doesn’t always have to be something bought.

The traditional Easter decoration is consisting of rabbits, eggs but also chickens. In Germany they represent new life and since Eastern takes place in spring it suits very well: Everything blossoms out and new life arises. Daffodils are placed on many people’s tables and, depending on how religious a family is, also an Easter candle. Light and warmth is coming soon and the dreary German winter time is over.

Contrary to the previous description, there are also many non-believing people in Germany called atheists who either don’t do anything special at Easter.

As you can see there are many ways to spend Easter in Germany. On the whole for the most people it is just important to see their family again and just spend a great time together!

Improving your pronunciation

Having clear pronunciation is an incredibly important factor in communicating with others successfully, but getting it wrong it can make a situation awkward or embarrassing, and stops us from wanting to practise. Read our tips below to help you practice pronunciation from the comfort of your own home and build up your confidence.

Use a mirror and the BBC Pronunciation Videos

Pronunciation is a very physical activity, and it’s important to pay attention to the shape of your mouth in order to create the right sounds. Use a clear video, like those on the BBC Learning English website, and a mirror to help you make some of the more challenging sounds. ↓

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/pronunciation

Record yourself

Although it might feel a little strange at first, recording yourself is one of the best ways to really understand what you need to improve about your pronunciation. Try repeating a phrase from a film or TV series and then listen back and compare with how the actor sounds. You could even record yourself using video to help you analyse your mouth shapes too.

Talk to Siri

Many of us have a digital assistant, perhaps Siri, Alexa or Google, which can tell us all sorts of information in seconds. But did you know that these clever systems can also help you with your pronunciation? Make sure that you have the language setting to English, and try to have a conversation. You could write down some phrases with sounds that you find particularly challenging and then check that your digital assistant can understand you when you say them.

Sing

Singing is not just good for your mood, but good for you language too. Watch a music video which has the song lyrics included. Listen a couple of times to get familiar with it, then try to sing along in a similar style to the original artist. Pause and repeat as many times as you need to.