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Read texts with a UK focus. Learn about UK culture and practise your reading at the same time.
Ramadan is the Muslim holy month. So, what goes on during Ramadan and what does it mean? Young Muslims from the UK tell us why Ramadan is important to them.
How much do you love your mobile phone? Could you live without it? Find out what British teenagers, parents and teachers say about the subject!
Big dresses, huge cars, smart suits and lots of fun ... What exactly is a school prom and how is it taking over from the school disco?
Do people have lots of holidays where you live? Where do they go and what do they do? Read more to find out about holidays in the UK!
It is the most famous sporting competition in the UK and football's oldest competition. It's watched by millions of people. Read more to understand Britain's obsession with the FA Cup final.
Are you good with money? Read the text to find out about British teenagers and their cash!
There are so many ways to discover, buy and listen to music. What's the best way? Read more to find out about the exciting music culture in the UK!
Do you have your lunch at school or do you go home for lunch? School dinners (lunch is also called dinner!) is a hot topic in the UK. Find out why in this article.
In the UK, schools close for about two weeks at Easter time. Read on to find out more about how Easter is celebrated in Britain.
Mmm ... do you fancy a tasty bag of crisps? Or how about a yummy chocolate bar? British people love their snacks. Find out more about some popular British snacks. Don't read if you're hungry!
Wearing a red nose for a day may seem like a strange way to raise money for charity. However, it seems to work in Britain.
Dragon dances, acrobats, fireworks, a parade ... London is buzzing with excitement at Chinese New Year. Find out what you can do to join in the excitement!
There is graffiti in almost every city in the world. Read this article to learn more about Britain's most famous graffiti artist.
Do you want to know what people do on the biggest party night in the UK? Read on to find out.
In October many shop windows in Britain turn orange and black, with pumpkins, witches, broomsticks and cats. What do young people do to celebrate Halloween? Read this article to find out.
He was the greatest writer in the English language and is known around the world. But how much do you really know about William Shakespeare and his life?
Does your school have any problems with discipline? What happens when students step out of line?
Slang is very informal language which is often used by young people. It's hard to keep up to date with slang, but this article will help you learn a few words that your teacher may not know!
Reality TV is more than just Big Brother. Read out about some unusual reality TV programmes that are popular in the UK.
Do you prefer cats or dogs? Pets are an important part of many British families.
2016 is the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth. Find out about the life and works of one of the most popular authors in the UK.
Love them or hate them, tattoos are really popular nowadays in the UK. What do you think of tattoos?
We all need to buy stuff from time to time. But do we think about how our shopping affects people, animals and the environment? Here's how you can love fashion and the world we live in.
What does Scotland look like? What languages do they speak? And what can you do in Scotland? Read and find out!
How many languages can you speak? British people are generally not very good language learners. In a recent survey, 62 per cent of the population only speak English!
Humanity needs water, and every drop is precious. On March 22nd, World Water Day is a day to celebrate water and make a difference for people who do not have the water they need.
Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is famous for its summer festivals.
How important is meat in your diet? Could you happily live without ever eating any meat? In the UK vegetarianism is becoming more and more popular.
Do you like to wear the same clothes as your friends or do you like to dress differently? Adapting clothes and creating an individual style is very popular in the UK.
Would you like to be a secret agent and work undercover? Do you think the job in reality would be similar to how it's shown in films?
Have a good look around you this November. Do you notice that more men have moustaches? It may be because it's Movember! Read more about this unusual charity event here.
Is Northern Ireland beautiful? Do Irish people speak Irish? And what exactly is Gaelic football? Read about Northern Ireland and find out!
Nowruz is the Persian New Year celebration. It takes place in the spring. Read this article and find out how people celebrate this important day.
How do you make sure you stay safe online? Everyone who uses the internet needs to know how to use it safely. Read about online safety in the UK.
Mmm ... did someone say pancakes?! Read about Pancake Day and learn how to make this delicious treat for yourself.
In the UK, only around 43% of 18- to 24-year-olds vote in general elections. Are you interested in politics, or do you change the TV channel when politicians appear on the screen?
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