British culture is itself very unique. One of the most important things to know before going to any country is what their cultural behaviours are.
Of course, you think you have it all covered, you watched all the series of the inbetweeners, tried yorkshire teas and sniffed a battered mars bar in disgust. However you may have this essential knowledge, but the full experience still holds a lot for you to discover. No matter where you are in the UK, There will be something new you could not have expected.
Some things you need to know about the British public -
- We are punctual. Being late is quite frankly rude to us. If you’re going to be late to something, at the very least let us know in advance.
- Never jump queues. Standing patiently and knowing bloody well how to queue in Britain is essential. It's like talking on your phone while riding a train in Japan levels of rude.
- Personal Space is like oxygen. Keep ya distance, were not like feral or anything we just don't like people near us unless necessary. If you do get close you're a weirdo, end of.
- We have a high amount of respect for older adults and the disabled. If you are on public transportation, you are expected to give up your seat if someone who is disabled or older comes onto the said mode of transportation. Same if a older person, as well as if you see someone struggling with something, you are also expected to ask ‘You ok hun?’.
- We are not very animated when we speak. We value our privacy over everything else, so be careful what you ask us because you could be a nosy little flannel. We don't like that!
- British people often avoid extended eye contact. They find it uncomfortable and intimidating.
- If you are invited to the house of a Brit, it is normal to bring along a gift, such as a wine that will never be drunk, and thus given to the next person's house the Brit visits.
- Buy a round.
- Prepare to argue with people on who pays for things. Gone out to dinner? Ask to pay but don't argue too much. Like, make a point that you ‘Want’ to pay, but don't be pushy about it. Make sense?
These cultural differences will be a regular part of adapting to life in UK, so it’s important to learn them before you even arrive. The last thing you want to do is offend the wrong person in the pub or on the tube.
If you don’t have these things nailed down quick, we will definitely know that you’re from out of town. This knowledge will help you get better adjusted to British norms before you start enjoying the your life becoming just like us! What a terrifying thought….