National Holidays in the UK

24 stycznia 2017, wtorek,

An expats perspective on Polish holidays

We all love a day off work. I’m always fascinated by the articles in Polish media about how best to use your holidays each year – you know, the 1st and 3rd of May fall on such and such a day, so if you take 3 days from your annual leave you can get a whole week off work. You guys really know how to squeeze the most out of national holidays. Czytaj całość »


UK Writers: John Le Carre

17 stycznia 2017, wtorek,

The British have always loved a good spy story, real or imaginary. Stories of blue-blooded[1] patriots battling the Empire’s foes stirred the imaginations of schoolboys for decades. In more recent times, the James Bond novels and films together with icons[2] of popular culture (The Avengers, The Persuaders) ensured that the genre never went out of fashion. Czytaj całość »


LGBT: Brits who have made an impact

9 stycznia 2017, poniedziałek,

Britain’s LGBT community

Things have not always been easy for Britain’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Nevertheless, in less than sixty years from the dark days of homosexuality being criminalised and members of the community being treated extremely poorly, Britain is now consistently ranked as the best place in Europe to be LGBT. Strong legislative protections guaranteeing the rights and dignity of LGBT people, coupled with generally accepting societal attitudes, mean that LGBT communities and people are thriving across Britain.

Six Leading or Influential LGBT people

In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look (in no particular order!) at six British LGBT people who have made leading or influential contributions to fields as diverse as sports, business and entertainment.

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Top 5 locations for New Year Celebrations

2 stycznia 2017, poniedziałek,

In today’s blog post, I’ll review the top five traditions from different parts of Europe, give suggestions about creative resolutions for 2017, and also give you lots of nice language for you to experiment with.

Happy 2017

So, are you are still nursing that lingering(1) hangover, generally feeling sorry for yourself(2) and wondering what joys the New Year will bring?  It’s time to reflect on(3) the previous year and smile inwardly (4) at your New Year antics. Czytaj całość »


Twelve Days of English Christmas

19 grudnia 2016, poniedziałek,

We have officially entered the festive season. Advent has started and the countdown to the end of the year begun. One of the most popular English carols to celebrate the festivities is ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.’ The rhyming chant was first published in 1780 and the standard tune we now sing the lyrics to in the UK came much later in 1909. Here is our BritIt version of the lyrics to help us all get into the festive mood. Why don’t you play the tune as you read along?  Enjoy your English gifts and forgive us if the carol gets stuck in your head all day!

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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 »