Customs & Traditions

How to Understand British Culture?

British literature, music, cinema, art, theatre, media, television, philosophy and architecture are influential and respected across the world. The United Kingdom is also prominent in science and technology. Sport is an important part of British culture; numerous sports originated in the country, including the national game, football. The UK has been described as a “cultural superpower”, and London has been described as a world cultural capital.
Greet someone with a “hi” or “hello” rather than a kiss. British people don’t usually hug or kiss each other on the cheek like some of their European neighbours. Doing so may cause a Brit to be uncomfortable.
You have to behave your manners more carefully when you’re in the United Kingdom. Manners are important in the British culture, and you don’t want to come across as rude. “Please,” “thank you” is all expected and required terms while talking. It’s also important for gents to take off their hats in a building and for people to speak quietly indoors.
The British take the responsibility to be good neighbours very seriously. When you move in, introduce yourself to your neighbours. This small step can go a long way in establishing a positive and friendly relationship. You may also find that your neighbours can provide you with useful local information.
British people are generally friendly, but it can take a while to develop close friendships. They are tolerant and willing to offer help when it is needed, so please do not be afraid to ask. Strangers will sometimes make unexpected jokes with you, this is normal in British culture. It might surprise you and seem personal but it is not meant to offend you.
By learning these small habits acquired by the British people will help you understand British culture.

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