Билет №25. Let’s talk about Great Britain

В этой записи мы рассмотрим последнюю ситуацию (Let’s talk about Great Britain) из списка предлагаемых для проведения устного экзамена по английскому языку.

Let’s talk about Great Britain

1. Let’s talk about Britain. What do you know about this country?
2. Would you like to visit Britain? Why (not)?
3. What would you like to ask a British teenager about Britain?
4. Give me a piece of advice on what sights to see in London.
5. They say it’s important for a person to speak English nowadays because it is used all over the world. What is your opinion?
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Do the British differ greatly from Belorussian people?
What do you know about the history of the country?
What are the symbols of Great Britain?
What sights in England would you advise me to visit?
What part of Britain would you like to visit? Why?
What British festivals would you advise your friend to visit?
What can be the British proud of?
Do British traditions and customs differ from Belorussian ones?

1. Let’s talk about Britain. What do you know about this country?

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the name of the country which is situated on the British Isles. I have always been fascinated with its capital, London. Professor Higgins is said to have been able to distinguish different accents so well that he could locate the place where a person lived within two streets in London. Every year thousands of emigrants come to live in the country so I don’t think that he will be successful nowadays. Emigrants change not only the language but the way of life in Britain. Real Britain can’t be found in books and maps can hardly be of help. Seeing once is better than hearing thousand times.

2. Would you like to visit Britain? Why (not)?

Though I am not a keen traveler I would like to visit Britain one day. English is spoken everywhere, but as you know it is different in various parts of the world. To taste British English is my main reason for going there. Books can tell us what English was 10-15 years ago, but I want to know what today’s English is. The Internet is not an option since there nobody knows that you are a dog. The place where I want to head towards is London. I am not fond of sightseeing, the places of interest which attract most tourists are nothing to me. I’d like to have a word with real people in real life situations.

3. What would you like to ask a British teenager about Britain?

What do Britons usually have for breakfast? What is the place you would recommend a foreigner to visit? What is you favourite place in London?

4. Give me a piece of advice on what sights to see in London.

To my mind the London Eye is the best way to have a brisk look at London. The double decker is a good way to have a closer look at them, but if you are in a hurry you should limit the number of place to visit. If my friend is crazy about fine arts he should visit the Tate and the national gallery. The British museum is a must for those who are crazy about history. Hanging around is not my way of exploring the unknown but if you don’t mind you can go wherever you want and you will find something interesting to look at and make up a story later.

5. They say it’s important for a person to speak English nowadays because it is used all over the world. What is your opinion?

Partly, it is true. If you have nothing to offer apart from your paper qualifications knowing a foreign language may be helpful in finding a better job. Being able to speak any foreign language is not the key to success anymore. Many people can do what you are rightfully proud of and if you want to be a true specialist you should direct your efforts to you main professional field. If you are a mediocre painter knowing various languages will not make you a new Vincent van Gogh.
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Do the British differ greatly from Belorussian people?

There were some differences between the two peoples. The British were brave sailors and they started the Industrial revolution. They were ready to risk. We were less militaristic and adventurous. All that was long ago. Nowadays we are two nations which bear the same characteristics as Europeans.

What do you know about the history of the country?

The country was once conquered by the French. It explains why there are so many french words in English. It took english kings much time to unite the country under their rule. At first the British and the Americans were enemies and since the Independence War was they have been allies.

What are the symbols of Great Britain?

There are several things which can be defined as the symbols of Great Britain’s. When we think of animals they are the lion (the former symbol of the so called British Empire) and the bulldog (the British are often described as persistent and the dog is thought to be a living representation of this word.) As for the flag it is Union Jack. As for the song it is their national anthem God Save the Queen.

What sights in England would you advise me to visit?

There are many different place to visit in England ranging from Big Ben in south to Hadrian’s wall in north. If you are interested in history so you should make for Stonehenge (a pre historic site) and Hadrian’s wall (built by the Romans) as they are the past of the country. If you are keen on architecture your destinations will be York Minster and Durham Cathedral which are both impressive churches. Nature lovers should pay visits to the Cotswolds and the Lake District. Lazy bones will be happy with Big Ben and tower of London.

What part of Britain would you like to visit? Why?

If we go to Scotland I will recommend such places as Edinburgh Castle which was the prototype of Hoggwarts, Loch Ness, the most mysterious lake in the world and the Northern Highlands where is said to have been the heart of Robert Burns. As for Wales my recommendation will be Snowdonia and if you mention Ireland I will offer to visit giant’s causeway. These places will definitely take your breath away.

What British festivals would you advise your friend to visit?

The best time to join in british festivals is august. Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest art festival in the world. Any kind of performance may take part in it, say, theatre, comedy, music and dance. Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest outdoor festival. In some ways it is similar to carnivals in Brazil.

What can be the British proud of?

You’d better ask them. In my opinion they should take pride in their loyalty to traditions. They still have monarchy. They pride themselves on being try sportsmen. They are ready to take on almost any challenge and do their best.

Do British traditions and customs differ from Belorussian ones?

To some degree, all nations in Europe are alike and at the same time we are different to some extent. Some traditions have something in common I mean the rituals of druids and Kupale night. Take maypole dance for instance. It is almost the same around Europe. As for the differences, we have no royal based traditions or an equivalent to highland games and so on and so forth.
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2014-12-19
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