Overcome your fear of public speaking

5 grudnia 2016, poniedziałek,

Why are many people afraid of public speaking, and what can be done about it? Ros and Neil Johnson, speech and drama specialists at Theatresaurus explain.


The fear of public speaking is known as glossophobia. According to one estimate, 74 per cent of people suffer from various forms of this phobia and ten per cent of people are genuinely terrified. The fear of public speaking is the number one phobia in America and is more common than the fear of heights or the fear of snakes, which rank two and three respectively.

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UK Culture – Teatime!

28 listopada 2016, poniedziałek,

Here at Britit we can’t resist the topic of tea (actually we simply  find it hard to resist drinking tea !).  We’ve already blogged about tea, tea and more tea and today thought we’d bring you another cultural sip but this time with a slight twist. Grab yourself a cuppa and read through to find out more about teatime.

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5 Top Tips for Speaking Canadian

21 listopada 2016, poniedziałek,

Canadian versus American

Due to our connected histories on a shared continent and a border that stretches endlessly for miles and miles, Canadians and Americans do have an awful lot in common.

To the untrained ear the accents may be extremely difficult to differentiate and Americans could easily pretend to be Canadians (as they sometimes do depending on the political climate) and Canadians are often mistaken for Americans.

In this blog, we’ll look at a few things that are distinctly Canadian and ways for you to spot a Canadian by the things they say and the manner in which they say them.

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UK: National Anti-Bullying week

14 listopada 2016, poniedziałek,

It may seem innocent when you are just a bystander. Name calling, teasing… „Kids have always done it, it’s natural,” some might say. Parents and teachers are inclined to ignore it „as long as it doesn’t get too serious”, or they simply don’t know what to do about it and how to react. This blog post looks specifically at how parents can talk to their child about the topic of bulling or support their children if they experience bullying. Czytaj całość »


UK Culture – Pubs – 4 traditional features

7 listopada 2016, poniedziałek,

Welcome Britit Readers! I’m back to blog again about one of my favourite British cultural features –Pubs. In my previous UK Pub Guide  I looked at social etiquette and pub grub. Today, I’m focusing on four more traditional features. Read through and then let me know via the comment box what you enjoy most about UK pubs.  Czytaj całość »


Halloween – UK Celebrations!

31 października 2016, poniedziałek,

In the UK Halloween traditions are very much alive and popular. Here are some facts:

  • Halloween is celebrated on 31st October. This isn’t a public holiday in Britain.
  • Halloween is the night before the Catholic festival of All Saints and the pagan Celtic festival of Samhain (1st November).
  • Halloween is also sometimes called All Hallows’ Eve, All Hallowtide and can also be written Hallowe’en.
  • Halloween colours are orange and black. Orange is related to harvests because the end of October is the end of the harvest (the time when fruit and vegetables are collected). Black is related to death.

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Celebration of Roald Dahl

25 października 2016, wtorek,

Roald Dahl is famous for his exuberantly inventive use of language. Susan Rennie, chief editor of the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, explains what his techniques teach us.

Don’t take language too seriously

You may laugh when reading Roald Dahl, but you can also learn a lot about how language works. When we grow up, it’s easy to forget how much fun it is to play with words, but the beloved children’s author never lost that playfulness.

Although grown-up readers can appreciate his inventiveness, it is clear that children came first for Roald Dahl. He wouldn’t include a pun that went above a child’s head, and his wordplay is always aimed at entertaining them.

The book in which he is at his most linguistically playful is undoubtedly The BFG. Language is a central theme in this book. It includes over 300 words that he invented, from ‚biffsquiggled’ to ‚whizzpopping’, in the language known as ‚gobblefunk’.

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Best Fictional Teacher – Dumbledore

17 października 2016, poniedziałek,

British Council in Poland are holding a Quality Teaching and Testing Conference on November 6 2016.  With teachers in mind, we thought you might enjoy the results of a teaching survey undertaken by British Council where Professor Dumbledore was voted the UK’s favourite fictional teacher. Harry Potter fan, former English language assistant, and current British Council employee Kristen McNicoll explains why Dumbledore came out on top.

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Great British Bake Off – Two UK Recipes

10 października 2016, poniedziałek,

We’ve already shared two great British recipes with you, our Britit readers, Scones and Flapjacks. Today, we thought we’d bring you to more yummy recipes to try which will bring a bit of UK culture into your kitchens – Bread & Butter Pudding and Scottish Pancakes. Let us know which recipe you try and which you prefer via the comment box.

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Top 5 Mistakes Poles Make in English: Grammar

3 października 2016, poniedziałek,

One of our most popular ever Britit posts was published a year ago today  Top 5 Mistakes Poles Make in English: Grammar.  It stimulated lots of observations and debate. Read through the post, then the feedback and let us know how you feel.

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