5 odds you should know about England

  1. Shoes inside homes – In my home country Bulgaria it’s a taboo to walk with shoes inside your own or someone else’s home. Shoes are considered dirty and contaminated. So when I came to the UK I was a bit shocked that people would walk with their shoes inside their homes and even on carpets. On the contrary, occasionally they would walk outside barefoot or just wearing socks for ‘a fag’ (to smoke a cigarette).

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2. Sinks have two taps – There is nothing more frustrating than washing your hands with very hot or very cold water. It’s simply drys your skin. Filling the sink with water from both taps is the only option to get warm water but it takes too long, makes the sink dirty and wastes more water.WP_20150303_001

3. Silent letters (in bold) – They are the letters that are part of a word but not pronounced when the word is spoken. A perfect example would be the word ‘queue‘ – you write 5 letter but pronounce only the first one! Other examples include debt, plumber, autumn, listen, hour, talk, wrist, foreign, know, mortgage, guard etc.

4. Fitted carpets everywhere – British people love carpets! Why? I have no idea. Fitted carpets are so wide spread and popular in England that people don’t even realize how out of place they look sometimes. I’ve seen fitted carpets in most if not all houses/apartments, as well as in many public areas including banks and shops. The reason I dislike fitted carpets is that they are difficult to clean, yet people constantly walk with their shoes on them.WP_20150303_008

5. Obsession with fire doors – Fire door here, and there, and everywhere! Opening them feels like pushing 10 kg.

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3 Replies to “5 odds you should know about England”

  1. Mixer taps are often used in UK, some areas of UK do pronounce the D in Wednesday, I do myself. I suspect fitted carpets are for warmth and comfort – a throw back to days of no heating, maybe! Bare feet? Do a lot of that myself, and I’m no spring chicken! xx

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    1. Haha. Thank you for the comment. I used to think that they put carpets for warmth but then why do they have to be fitted making it difficult to sanitize the floor? 😀 Maybe, I’m just not used to some differences.
      I hope you are doing well! ^_^

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  2. Haha I love this article! It is true that they have a really weird obsession for carpets, and althought they keep the floor really warm, they stink!!! And they’re always so dirty. We’re not carpet fans in France either. As for the two different taps, I think it’s also a UEA thing, not sure it’s like that everywhere. It is indeed a nightmare.

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