Things to Know in England: Part 5

Thoughts from Alanna…

You know the deal. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and 4!


You’ll stop noticing local English accents. Eventually, everyone just sounds normal. It’s not until you travel to another part of the country and hear a different regional accent that you’ll really notice the change.

So many places still have separate hot and cold bathroom taps. Hot will scald you. Cold will freeze you. There is no in-between!

Ice cream

Someone getting their sugar fix from the local ice cream truck!

I hear the ice cream truck every day. The same song blared over the loudspeaker, I’m now conditioned to salivate whenever I hear it.

When someone is about to leave, you might hear them say “Right!” This is their cue that they’re ready to go but not sure how else to say it, like, “Right. I’m off! Ta.”

The English love a good line-up, or “queue.” You’ll see orderly queues for anything: waiting for the bus, getting treats from the ice cream truck, using an ATM, asking a guide a question, etc. “Queue jumping” is a terrible sin.

Kids playgrounds on the lawns of pubs are a thing. Drink a pint while your kid runs around screaming!

I know this one is stupid but I can’t help but find it funny. In Canada, I would say something like, “Hold on, I just need to pee.” Not overly formal, but it happens. Here, you’ll hear: “Hold on, I need a wee.” I’ve heard grown men say it, children say it and professional women say it. Everyone says it. Wee. Like actually.

Pub

You can get your roast dinner at places like this

You can get your Sunday roast at most restaurants every Sunday. If you don’t have a family member to cook it, you don’t have to fear!

Keep a pound coin with you at all times! It always comes in handy. You’ll need it to get a “trolly” at most grocery stores or to use a gym locker (but you’ll get it back in both instances).

 

Everyone here calls the States “America.” I don’t know why this sticks out to me so much.