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There are noticeable differences in culture between Americans and British people. On this page you will discover a few of these differences and test your knowledge about our perfect strangers: the UK and the USA.

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Let’s start with a humorous and stereotypical look at the differences between Americans and British people. Click here to open the text.

Do you recognise any of the stereotypes in the text, from films, television series, stories, personal experience, ...? Do you agree or disagree with the text? Did you find the text funny or insulting? Why?

Write your personal opinion in an e-mail and send it to perfectstrangers@hotmail.be.

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American or BritishAmericanOrBritish

This quiz provides a light-hearted look at the differences between the characteristics of typical American and British people. ‘Yanks’ and ‘Brits’ may speak the same language, but they are worlds apart. Click here to do the quiz.

Were you more like an American or a Brit?
Try to work out what stereotypical character traits are being suggested by each question.


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BritishCustomsBritish Customs


Imagine you are going to Britain. How well do you know what the British do?

Click here to try the quiz and find out. Write your answers down, count up your score and read the result. 





HolidaysFireworks

Learn more about a few holidays celebrated by many Americans, such as Independence Day, Groundhog Day and Thanksgiving.

Click here to read the text.
Click here to do the test.

If you would like to know more about the American holidays, click here to read the text Tricks, Treats and Turkeys.


StPatricksThe United Kingdom has no single national holiday. It has a number of days of celebration which are associated with the constituent countries of the UK: St. George's Day in England, St. Andrew's Day in Scotland, St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland and St .David's Day in Wales.

Click here to read the text UK National Days.


Surf the internet and see if you can find out more about the following festivals:

  • Bonfire Night
  • May Day
  • Notting Hill Carnaval

British Breakfast & Comfort FoodBritishFood

You all know what breakfast is. But what about comfort food?
This is food that makes you feel happy and relaxed! It is often a traditional food.

Click here to do the exercise on British breakfasts.

Click here to read the text and here to do the exercise on British comfort food.
(Click  Show All Questions for a complete overview of the exercise.)



American Culture
Go to the audio page and do the listening exercise on American culture.

NationalAnthemNational Anthems

Watch the video Beyoncé National Anthem, Live at the Super Bowl and make the exercise.

Watch the video National Anthem of the UK. How different is it from the US national anthem? Which one do you prefer?

Can you name both national anthems?



Being British

BeingBritish

Forget the stereotypes – British people don't all carry umbrellas or like fish and chips. Modern Britain is a mixed country with lots of different cultures, religions and styles.

Click here to read the text and try to answer the questions.


RosaParksBrief History of African Americans


Go to the audio page and listen to this brief history of African AmericansMake the exercise and fill in the blanks in the text.


If you would like to know more about  African Americans today, click here to read the text African Americans Today: Torn Between Unity and Diversity.


UK & USA Quizzes

How well do you know the UK and the USA? Are you a real expert? Test your knowledge in these quizzes!


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MoneyUK

Click here to start the quiz on the UK!
Click here to start the quiz on the USA!

(Click on Show All Questions to get a complete overview of the quiz!)



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