Вариант 1

British Character.
One of the most striking features of British life is the self-discipline and courtesy of people of all classes. There is little noisy behaviour, and practically no loud disputing in the street. People do not rush excitedly for seats in buses or trains, but take their seats in queues at bus stops in a quiet and orderly manner.
The British are naturally polite and are never tired in saying "Thank you", "I'm sorry", "Beg your pardon". If you follow anyone who is entering a building or a room, he will hold a door open for you. Many foreigners have commented on a remarkable politeness of the British people.
The British don't like displaying their emotions even in dangerous and tragic situations, and ordinary people seem to remain good-tempered and cheerful under difficulties.
They don't like any boasting or showing off in manners, dress or speech.
Sometimes they conceal their knowledge: a linguist, for example, may not mention his understanding of a foreigner's language.

Вариант 2

by Igor Zyrianov

The British Character and English Humour

"The British are definitely romantic,

much more romantic then Italians ..."

Generally British people are polite. During my first visit to London I remember seeing a man in the underground asking for information from a ticket seller.  The latter didn't replay and the man said "Thank you very much", started working off, and then turned around and said "fuck you, stupid".      
So, for me, the British people are polite, but this way of behaviour is probably a mask for all kind of other feeling. They may be polite partly because they are afraid of drama and of confrontation. For this reason, they also may be attracted to "dramatic" people, like the Italian.  

I would like to research into English people (my first wife is, in her own words, "a Londoner”). In our life, I find that Clare reacts and behaves in ways which I would describe as "British", or more specially English.
For the sake of simplicity I will use the word "British", although we should not, as my fife keeps on telling me, forget that the Scottish, for example (yes  she has Scots blood too) are an altogether different species. More immediately expressive, direct and hot-tempered, for example, then the English and the Welsh.
Scottish people may be more open to foreign countries and contacts because they have traditionally looked for contacts.

My conclusion :
British people are obliged by society stereotyping to be polite
British accumulate negative emotions and feelings and do not as a rule express their real feeling spontaneously.
They should expect a high level of hart attack, that's my hypothesis, anyway
The powerful stereotype influence body gestures and movements.  
The British are not confident with their bodies, most British men dislike dancing, unless they have had a bit to drink.
I think conservative dress reflect this luck of body confidence.
Interpersonal Contacts are generally rather cool and formal. Handshakes are not so warm. British punctuality should connect with this formality but also with a kind of respect and consideration for other people that helps avoid embarrassing confrontations.
Adaptability is low
My recommendation :
The British should try to be a little more aggressive and outspoken, especially in Belgium where people consider being polite as a sign of weakness. 

Next, Humour

Humour is very developed in Britain. It's very dry and ironic. Russian humour may be more visual then verbal and more surreal
I remember that we studied British humour in Russia and found it very interesting. Humour help to relax people and the British understand exactly how important that is.
Humour, however, may cover other feelings. I agree here with Sigmund Freud who said humour helps us to express things in a round about way. It's a way of releasing repression and this is important for  average British character.  

My conclusion : 
Other form of expression then humour and other feeling are not so developed
Humour plays not only positive, but also negative role.
Like being positive, it avoids confronting facts and issue directly,
Structuration is a neurotic process. When  our mind,  or society  try to put thinks in order and have some system.
Not only English class system produces elite, middle and down classes and put attention where you was born, studied and who are your parents. 

Conclusions + observations :

British people should have a special system in their mind which classify others according to social positions.  If it is difficult for them to do this (with non British) they become nervous and try to joke.
Also England is very classified society with many symbols, words and different behaviour patterns for each subclass in classes.
It stops  mix between different people, energy, information and decreases level of development in society .
It should be difficult to find good friends

Lets talk about thinking

British paradigm includes rational and systematic framework. Before starting normally they have an optimism. Thinking based on precedent not a theory. British are sceptical about big scheme (but created complicated social structure) and very proud in getting through difficult situation.

Conclusion :
Mind and thinking of British people is a key point/factor

Most of activity pushed in this sphere and may find release through :

I expect more readers and reading per capita in England - The British should like to read a lot.                                 

Good publishing system : newspapers, books, magazines ets.

Between Russian and British I found some common characteristics, such as the famous empire mentality. Great Britain, as we know, was once geographically very great and  many British people still think or their land as great an strong. They still think that British is the "best." I can see similar in the Russian attitude. Here. perhaps I am close with my wife, even though she does not like to admit this mentality.
I would like to add that countries that have the same attitudes as Britain and Russia also have major problems. Because they think they are the best, they may not be so good at learning new attitudes or for example other nationalities and be incentive.
In a way, us Russian also live on an Island.
There Is one other major similarity. The British are definitely romantic, much more romantic then Italians. and this is the result of being shy and reserved. The Russian are also romantic, but the reason is different. It has more to do  with vastness and emptiness of the Russian landscape that, I believe, help make Russian philosophy and has something to do with the famous "Russian soul".
When the British relax and let themselves go, they may be very talented artists - real artists, without pretence (a French tendency, I think) and with intense emotions. I found that Theatre is very good in Britain, and theatre has a lot, of cause, to do with body movement. Those who are good at it, get very good at it.
And there are plenty of things that I like about British, of cause, besides their humour whatever is hides. I like the British breakfast, English tea, gardens, romantism and English language. Also I like Scottish whisky, I like it much more then vodka.  

Drinks and Culture

I don't know why British people think I should like vodka so much. I bring 4-5 bottles of Vodka to my British friends in London. Anyway, there are things that easy to share with my British friends.

Вариант 3

The British are often viewed as the most Bering people in the word. They wear unimaginative formal clothes, eat tasteless food, practise slow sports and have a peculiar sense of humor which is usually not understood by foreigners. They are also said to be conservative, reserced and cool. Indeed, the British ae not very open or spontaneous. They do not kiss or embace by way of greeting so as not to allow familiarity. They always keep a cetain distance and are not willing to manifest their feelings and emotions. They are even accused of being hypocritical because they might thin one thing and say another. It is not easy to make friends with them but once you have made a friend, it is a friend for life.

The best British characteistics
The British say thay their best characteristics ae culture, courtesy and consideration for the needs of others. Indeed, they are very polite. They always queue when they are waiting for a busy and hold the door open fo the person behind them. Also, the British bobies have a reputation of begin the friendliest and helpful polieman in the world. On the other hand, English football fans are regarded as hooligans and vandals able to tear stadiums into pieces. Generally speaking, however, the British are well-manneed. It is also tue that they care fo the needy, as there are a lot of charity organizations all over Britain.

Home, sweet home
"There is no place like home" say the British. This adage best expesses an Englishman?s traditional love of his home. About 70 per cent of British people have their own houses. Most homes have a garden in which the British spend a lot of time growing flowers and looking after the lawn ? a national pide. Manyhouses, especially the older ones, are surounded by hedges, which sybolizes the desire of the British to protect thei privacy. "My house is my castle" this well-known proverb reminds a visitor that unless he is invited, he may expect to be treated as an intruder.

The English not only love their homes but also their pets. Many people keep cats, dogs, budgies and other animals at home. They ae completely crazy about pets and obsessed with the conditions in which animals are moe animal rights groups in Britain than anywhere else in the world. Paadoxically, the English still love the huntigof wild animals, such as foxes or haes, with the aim of killing them.

To sum up
It is not easy to decide on the typically British characteristics. Not all English people are cold, uncommunicative or boring, not all of them ae crazy about lawns or animals. Still, there is one thing that is typically British: a strong attachment to tradition and a desire to keep their county?s uniueness. Some people say that the British live in the past, but they are simply proud of their originality.


The British are said to be conservative. In addition to the well-known fact that they still use their traditional system of weights and measurements (They changed their currency into decimal as late as in 1971), they drive on the left and they still wear traditional uniforms at schools, it is important to know that Britain is the oldest democracy in the world and they consider the monarchy an inseparable part of their government. The British are renowned for their poUteness and good table manners. Unlike the Czechs, they like to converse at the table. The English word "gentleman" means an honest man with good manners.
Everybody knows the English saying "My house is my castle" which demonstrates their right to privacy. They are proud of their isles which have given them a feeling of security. They call the strait between Britain and France the English Channel and the rest of Europe the Continent. The British are fond of pets (dogs, cats, caged birds) and children. Their mania for tea at any time of the day is world famous.
Britain is notorious for rainy weather but on the other hand probably this wet and mild climate makes the English lawns so green and fresh all the year round. People in Britain are allowed to walk on the grass and you can often see them picnicking on it. This changeable weather may be the reason why the British talk about the weather a lot. For example, "Isn 't it a beautiful morning? " or , "Very cold today, isn 't it? " They talk about the weather because it changes so often. Wind, rain, sun, cloud, snow - they can all happen in a British winter - or a British summer.
At British banks, shops, cinemas, theatres or bus stops you can always see people in queues. They stand in a line and wait quietly, often for a long time. Each new person stands at the end of the queue - sometimes in rain, wind or snow. Queuing is a national passion. The British are really an orderly, organised nation.
They do not shake hands as often as we do. Hundreds years ago, soldiers began this custom. They shook hands to show that they didn't have a sword. Now, shaking hands is a custom in most countries. In Britain you don't shake hands with your friends and family. But you do shake hands when you meet a person for the first time. You also say "How do you do?" This is not really a question, it's a tradition. The correct answer is exactly the same, "How do you do? "
The British send birthday cards and often give birthday presents. There are cards for other days, too: Christmas cards, Valentine's Day cards, Mother's Day cards, Father's Day cards, Easter cards, Wedding Anniversary cards, Good Luck cards, "Congratulations On Your New Baby" cards, and "Get Well Soon" cards. In Britain there is a custom to celebrate a person's birthday, a new house, Christmas (at home, and often in offices, too), and engagement, a wedding, New Year's Eve
Although the British seem to be conservative and famous for their dry humour, they are much advanced in science and technology. Many games originated or were perfected in Britain.

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