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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 !

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.

St. Patrick Day – Traditions

 

St. Patrick’s Day – St Patrick day traditions

Every 7th of March St. Patrick day is celebrated, this traditional festivity comes from an ancient story and has a lot of symbolic elements. Discover the history and the meaning of them:

  • The Shamrock

The shamrock, which was also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism.

  • Irish Music

Music is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day—and Irish culture in general. From ancient days of the Celts, music has always been an important part of Irish life. The Celts had an oral culture, where religion, legend and history were passed from one generation to the next by way of stories and songs.

  • The Snake

It has long been recounted that, during his mission in Ireland, St. Patrick once stood on a hilltop (which is now called Croagh Patrick), and with only a wooden staff by his side, banished all the snakes from Ireland.

In fact, the island nation was never home to any snakes. The “banishing of the snakes” was really a metaphor for the eradication of pagan ideology from Ireland and the triumph of Christianity. Within 200 years of Patrick’s arrival, Ireland was completely Christianized.

  • Corned Beef

Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick’s Day to share a “traditional” meal of corned beef and cabbage.

Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day at the turn of the century.

Irish immigrants living on New York City’s Lower East Side substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors.

  • The Leprechaun

The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.”

Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure.

 

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