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.

English Exercise – Passive Voice

The passive voice is used very frequently in English, as it is used when the subject is unknown or doesn’t need to be mentioned. In fact, that last sentence was in the passive voice!

To form the passive voice, we put the verb to be into the tense needed, then we add the past participle.

 

For example:

Active voiceI made dinner tonight

Passive voiceDinner was made tonight

 

Active voiceI write an essay every week

Passive voiceEvery week, an essay is written

 

Active voiceHe will commit a crime

Passive voiceA crime will be committed

 

We also use the passive voice if we want to give the focus of the sentence to another subject. For example, if we say: The album was recorded by Oasis in 1999. This means that we are more interested in the album than the band.

Something which helps with IELTS Writing Task 1 could be the fact that we use the passive voice when describing a process.

E.g. The flour is poured into a bowl, then the sugar is added and mixed together.

 

Passive Voice

Make these sentences passive voice:

 

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My experience at Scrambled Eggs – Studying English at the age of 50 is still possible.

One of our longest-serving students, Adele, has this year discovered a great passion… writing… in English. She has been coming to the school for lessons for over three years and has always enjoyed her lessons with us. This year however, her passion for English writing developed and now she feels confident enough to share her experiences with you as a blogger. Read below about Adele’s experience and enjoy her fantastic writing!

I started my experience at Scrambled Eggs three years ago.
I was searching for an English course to improve my knowledge, my listening and speaking skills, when among several schools the name of a school caught my attention, Scrambled Eggs, what a particular name for a school!
The smart and innovative method to teach using the interactive board seemed right for me. I thought it was too difficult to study with books for hours after work, so I found this new method nice and simple.
The thing that certainly convinced me was the location. To think of studying English before or after an appetizer or a drink in Navigli, such a good location, could transform going to school into a pleasure.
I started my group course with a lot of difficulties in speaking but also in relationships with other students.
For a woman of my age to interact with young students, talking about different topics and also about my life was not easy, but the friendly atmosphere that I found helped me a lot.
The teachers are young, nice, smiley, well prepared, motivated and very motivating.

(Adele, left, thinking about her first novel)

They have the ability to motivate you to do even better and doing my homework I discovered my new passion: writing.
I couldn’t believe it! I like writing and I like writing in English!
Of course I improved speaking and listening as well!
In the school, teachers come from different countries and in three years I have met all of them. I’ve learnt to understand American and English accents and with their attitude and their approach to teaching they have contributed to improving my listening.

I have experienced also one-to-one lessons that helped me not only learning English but many other things.

Now even if I’m still not able to totally understand videos and news on the radio, I’m satisfied, I have started to enjoy the language and my studying English has become a pleasure!
My speaking is still confused, and I have to improve it again and again and certainly I’ll continue on my path. With Scrambled Eggs? Of course!