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The 5 steps to becoming a stereotypical Brit

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Stereotype No. 1: the British love to drink tea: You must drink endless cups of tea. The mere mention of such wonders as Earl Grey and English breakfast tea should set your heart aflutter and you should refuse to drink absolutely anything else.

Stereotype No. 2: British people are obsessed with Harry Potter: You should, of course, absolutely adore Harry Potter. You must carry a copy of all seven books with you at all times, as well as wand, a broomstick and a cage with an owl in. You should dedicate one day a week (or 19 hours and 38 minutes to be precise) to watching a marathon of all the Harry Potter DVDs and must try to memorise as many of the lines as possible in a bid to impress your friends with your Harry Potter wisdom (because, really, how else would you make friends?!). The same applies to Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes.

Stereotype No. 3: the British are overly polite: As a Brit, you should start and finish every phrase by excusing yourself with ‘sorry’. Equally, you must repeat ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ at least five times within a sentence. When entering a shop you must be on red alert for absolute maximum politeness is required. If all else fails just take a quick turn about the shop and then make a swift exit, never having got what you actually came in for, but at least avoiding an awkward situation.

Stereotype No. 4: Brits love the Royal Family: An essential quality of every true Brit is that we absolutely love the Royal Ramily. Every morning should begin with a hearty rendition of our national anthem, God Save the Queen. Please always keep in mind that everything can be decorated with a Union Jack flag. Clothes, bed sheets, sofas ... you might even want to try hanging a few from the windows of your house or the roof of your car. In addition, all royal celebrations must be thoroughly prepared for in advance and celebrated with fervour. Flags, cakes and tea must be stocked in abundance. The lack of any one of these will inevitably lead to the failure of any royal-based event.

Stereotype No. 5: it’s always raining in Britain: As a Brit, of course you can never leave the house without an umbrella, a raincoat and some wellington boots for good measure. Never let the sun fool you into thinking it might be a nice day. While you might occasionally spy the sun in the sky here in the UK, this is no reason to lose all of your good sense and leave one of these essential items at home. It will rain eventually, don’t you worry. And if on the off-chance there ever is a genuinely sunny day ... well then you best stay inside, you aren’t equipped to handle it.


What stereotypes do you have of British people? What stereotypes do people have of your own country? Do you think stereotypes are largely true?


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BubblyUnicorn16 26 October, 2016 - 17:44

I wish I had a British accent. Here in America our accents are all mixed so we don't know what kind of accent we have.

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Emmobe 14 October, 2016 - 08:48

The same thing as the text said. I don´t really know, maybe to eat and drink all the time. Here in Sweden we call it "fika". And coffee is very important. So if you visit Sweden yore going to be full for the rest off the year at least.

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cklj 26 August, 2016 - 09:52

All of the stereotypes that I have of British people are listed in the article. I think that stereotypes are generally true, but they don't apply to everyone of course. So, just assuming something about someone, because we've heard some stereotype of his/her nationality isn't right.

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Fressher 17 June, 2016 - 11:48

I really don't have a stereotype of British people in general. I live in the Netherlands and some people think we can't get our hands off a bike, go to the coffeeshop everyday, etc. Stereotypes are untrue most of the time because everyone is different.

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NatalieH2 21 June, 2016 - 15:57

Haha yes that's true, stereotypes are largely untrue but they are generally quite funny! I love hearing about British stereotypes.

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Brisha99 12 June, 2016 - 12:32

I really love GB,its people and their traditions! I dream about being able to live in Brit,to be precise,in London. I love London because of its amazing landscapes,monuments and the celebrities living there :D Althrough it rains everyday,GB is still one of the most beautiful places in the world,in my opinion.Wish I could go there sometimes.Hope my dreams will come true :(.. for me,is the most beautiful place,but I really love New Zealand too,I don`t know why,but I just feel attached to that place

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NatalieH2 21 June, 2016 - 16:00

Yes London is amazing! I have only been there once even though I live only an hour away. It does rain a lot but there are so many great things to see! 

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