4 Unique British Customs Every Immigrant Must Know

4 Unique British Customs Every Immigrant Must Know
 
There are a lot of recognisable things about the Brits. On top of the long list is the sexy accent. How about their exceptional style? Perhaps you’ve also noticed their penchant for tipping, as well as their preference for a more formal language embellished with adverbs even in the most mundane circumstances.  
 
Indeed, the list goes on, and we’re not yet talking about their quirky festivals and celebrations. If you’re somebody mulling over applying for a UK visa, there's a big chance that you want to know more. Below are some of the most identifiable:
 
  1. The tea, and the toast    
The Britons’ intimate love affair with tea has puzzled nations for years now, but at least numbers can explain it. A study by the Tea and Infusions Organisation says than an average Brit consumes 3½ cups of tea a day, which is equivalent to 130,000 tonnes in a year. That makes 165 million cups a day as a nation or 62 billion cups per annum. While this new finding remains conservative compared to how they've consumed tea in the past, there’s no denying that it’s still tremendous.
 And there’s the toast, which is a staple part of British breakfast. So why do they love it? Well, most of them consider it their comfort food, the food of their childhood, or their anti-depressant. They just adore it and you just have to embrace it.
 
  1. The love for booze (and chanting songs in pubs)
 A government-funded study revealed that the Brits drink alcohol more than they should. A possible answer would be because it has long been part of their culture and that it’s embedded in their bloodstreams. “For the pub is so deeply engrained (sic) in Britain’s sense of community, such an intrinsic part of the culture, that for those who leave her shores no adequate replacement can ever be found,” writes Jon Langford of the BBC. Perhaps this also explains why there’s always singing in the pub, regardless if there’s football on the hanging telly or not: they enjoy their booze, and they’re having fun sharing it with other people.  Need we mention that they are excessively friendly, too?
 

        3.  Extreme politeness  
 
The Britons are very polite, regardless if they want to tell you how wrong you are or if they simply want to ask for the time. Indeed, rudeness is a no-no in British culture, and even if they want to be uncouth about something, they’ll still say it in the most courteous fashion possible. On the other hand, politeness transcends concealing animosity, because they also have this unwavering urge to apologise and to say sorry even if it 's not really needed.  Yes, it has already become a substantial part of their vocabulary (a verbal tick, experts say) to the extent that it would be impossible to encounter one Brit in the UK who doesn’t have this habit.
study commissioned by the British Council — aptly titled As others See Us — revealed that the British politeness is the country’s best asset, next only to being highly educated, friendly, and law-abiding. 
 
        4. Do not be late
 
The Brits are quite prompt. They are the epitome of punctuality. If you plan to study here, never arrive in class late because you’d end up barred from participating in the discussion, and you’re lucky if the teacher allows you to enter the room. Don’t ever attempt it on your first day at work, because there’s a big chance you’d wake up unemployed the next day. While punctuality as a social obligation is practised everywhere in the world, you should think twice.  Many Latin American countries (Venezuela, for instance) consider punctuality as a sign of being overly eager, while most Asian countries (name it) don’t actually put a premium on it.  Experts also say that Brits aren’t alone in the punctuality game, as they share the stage with the Swiss, Germans, Dutch, and the Japanese. 

It's best not to generalise. This list isn't a -be-all-end-all. Just immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy your stay in the UK. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella. It rains a lot here, and that’s no exaggeration.
 

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