A Brit in Italy: 5 Things we do in the UK that would be considered a sin in Italy

Italian and British culture are not exactly the same; let’s discover some of the most common differences with Beth !!!

  1. Cocktails with meals

Cocktail culture in the UK & USA is pretty famous all over the world, but we take it to an extent that every Italian would gasp in horror at. We drink pina coladas with steak, long island iced teas with carbonara, strawberry mojitos with hot-dogs… any combination you can think of, we probably do it! Coming to Italy, I’ve learnt that there are certain drinking rules, e.g., white wine with fish, beer with pizza, red wine with red meat. These were all new to me, but I promise I now abide by your ‘laws’!

 

  1. Going out with wet hair

The infamous colpo d’aria is spoken about every day around the country, but many don’t know that it’s just an old wives’ tale! Of course, if you are already sick and you expose yourself to the cold, it could make it worse. But there’s no evidence that suggests going outside with wet hair can produce a virus or bacteria… which is why in the UK, you’ll see many people outside with wet hair. Plus, it rains so often that you’re bound to end up soaking wet anyway!

 

  1. Walking barefoot everywhere

Although the UK is famous for its terrible weather, the country just doesn’t seem to be as dusty as Italy. It is extremely common for us to walk around the house with no shoes or socks on, especially as most of our rooms have carpets. Additionally, those who live in the countryside or who have gardens can walk around barefoot even outside! As a child I spent most of my time with no shoes on, but of course you shouldn’t expect to see people barefoot in public. I think we can all agree that those who take their shoes off on airplanes are the worst!

 

  1. Drinking coffee at all hours (including with dinner)

This one is no longer a shock to most Italians, but yes… we drink cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, every coffee you can think of at all times of the day! Irish coffees (hot coffee with cream and whisky) are very popular after dinner, and it’s normal for us to have coffee with meals. This of course includes the full English breakfast, but I think you can let us off the hook for that one!

 

  1. Not saying hello/goodbye to everyone

When entering or leaving a party in the UK, we usually just say a sweeping hello/goodbye to the room, or to anyone who needs to know where we are. In Italy, however, I’ve learnt that it’s rude to leave someone out when greetings are involved. Hugs and kisses must be given to everyone! If you visit the UK, feel free to pull an Irish exit… we promise we won’t mind!

 

A Brit in Italy || Vocabulary

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Paul the Cat – Phrasal Verbs in Action

Welcome to Scrambled Eggs guys! Oggi ci occupiamo dei famigerati Phrasal Verbs, che spesso ci fanno fare tanta fatica. Impara a conoscerli e ad utilizzarli al meglio con questo Reading dedicato a Paul… Paul the Cat!!

TEXT:

” Paul the cat had finally reached the ripe old age of 23. He had lived a very colorful life. He was born on the mean streets of New York City and had to figure out how to manage as an alley cat which often meant stealing his meals from restaurant trashcans and fighting rival cats. Once he had even started a riot that involved all of the neighborhood cats meowing in protest for more food. It was quickly put down by the police, leaving Paul with a piece of his tail missing. Unfortunately, one of his friends had turned him in as the instigator which led to him spending a night in jail. Being turned in by a friend was the biggest betrayal he’d ever faced; it changed his outlook on life. He was eventually found by a nice family and adopted. It took him a long time to adjust to life as a docile feline, but with time he was able to assimilate to life in suburbia. His owners never put him down when he made mistakes and they never made him feel unwelcome; they treated him like part of the family.

At the age of 23 he had seen and done many things. He had also lost many friends along the way. Only a few years ago his friend Steve the cat had been diagnosed with feline cancer and had to be put down. After Steve had passed away Paul felt very lonely. He continued his daily routines like spending the day sleeping, scratching the furniture, and throwing up hair balls, but life wasn’t the same without his friend. Although, his favorite activity was looking for mice, even that had lost its appeal. He would look under the couch, in the attic, and behind the plants as he’d always done and sometimes, he would get lucky and find one, but most days he would call off his search after a few hours and go back to sleep. He would sleep all day, go for a short walk around the house, then turn in for the night around 9pm. “

 

Phrasal Verbs in Action - Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Phrasal Verbs in Action - Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blank with the correct phrasal verb.

 

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Southern Shrimp and Grits – English Reading Comprehension

Recipe /ˈrɛsəpi/

Learning a new language isn’t just about learning vocabulary and grammar, you must also learn the culture of that language. You must consider where it is spoken, who speaks it, and what the traditions and customs are of its native speakers. So, what are some ways you can go about learning the traditions and customs of a group of speakers? Well, one great way to start is by learning to cook their food! As mama always says, there’s no better way to a person’s heart than through their stomach!

Here is a recipe for a typical dish from South Carolina, in the south eastern part of the United States. It is usually served at brunch alongside an ice-cold mimosa (a drink made from champagne and orange juice) and great company!

Now have a look at this video: Southern Shrimp and Grits

Ingredients

2 cups (470 milliliters) chicken broth

2 cups (470 milliliters) milk

1/3 cup (76 grams) butter, cubed

3/4 teaspoon (3.5 grams) salt

1/2 teaspoon (2.85 grams) pepper

3/4 cup (100 grams) uncooked old-fashioned grits (substitute with polenta)

1 cup (130 grams) shredded cheddar cheese

SHRIMP:

8 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped

1 pound (450 grams) uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon (5.7 grams) Cajun or blackened seasoning

4 green onions, chopped

Instructions

Mix the broth, milk, butter, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a boil. Slowly stir in the grits (or polenta). Cover the saucepan with a lid and cook for 12 – 14 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally. Once the sauce is thick, stir in the cheese until it has melted. Put the sauce aside and keep it warm.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until it becomes crisp. Once the bacon is crisp, set it aside on paper towels and keep 4 teaspoons (20 milliliters) of the drippings. Saute the shrimp, garlic, and seasoning in the bacon drippings until the shrimp turn pink.

Serve the shrimp over grits and sprinkle with green onions.

Now try the following quizzes to check your understanding of the article.

Southern Shrimp and Grits | Match

Match the ingredients with the pictures.

Southern Shrimp and Grits | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blank with the correct command.

Southern Shrimp and Grits | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false.