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History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

UK map of English pronunciation

The UK map of accents: how should you speak in the UK?

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Struggling with the British, Irish, Scottish or Welsh accents? Use this UK map of accents to help you understand English pronunciation.

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

Xenophobe's® Guides: English government and bureaucracy

Xenophobe's® Guides: The English approach to politics and red-tape

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Bureaucracy and red tape is an accepted facet of the English way of life as much as their love of complaining.

How to flirt: a European guide

How to flirt: a European guide

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The French flatter; the Brits are crass. So says a social anthropologist in this review on cross-cultural flirting techniques in Europe.

Xenophobe's® Guides: Deciphering British systems

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It is considered polite to arrive a few minutes after the appointed time, although English transport will probably ensure that you do anyhow.

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

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Is true integration possible? Louise Dancet explains how different cultural habits can leave expats feeling offended, and how to overcome this.

Being Multilingual: Multilingual rudeness

Being Multilingual: Multilingual rudeness

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Linguist Madalena Cruz-Ferreira discusses how attempts at 'multilingual rudeness' can go astray without learning the other vital clues associated with language.

British culture

Tips for understanding the Brits

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When you think of the UK, what images come to mind? This guide provides clues to British culture.

English cream tea: Treat yourself to a classic

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Food blogger Marie Rayner of The English Kitchen spreads the sweetness around with these tips on how to serve a proper cream tea.

European (You’re-o-pee'n!) education

European (You’re-o-pee'n!) education

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Want to live or travel in Europe? You're going to learn something about peeing in public – whether you want to or not! Blogger Libby reports.

Miranda

British nightlife observations: Us...them

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Our regular blogger Miranda Ward describes Britain's notorious nightlife and paints a vivid picture of its bizareness - a common experience?

Tackling the UK's obesity problem Dutch style

Tackling the UK's obesity problem Dutch style

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The British recently emerged as the second largest purchasers of diet products within Europe, behind the Netherlands. In her article, Virginia Griffith explores why the Dutch are leaner than the British.

Finding London’s expatriates

Finding London’s expatriates

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International communities have long made up the rich cultural diversity of the UK’s multicultural capital. Peter Orange finds out where the various communities are concentrated.



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