LIFE IN THE UK
I wrote the following short stories between 2020 and 2021 and have decided to present them to you in written form.
Each video, which can be viewed on YouTube, is a humorous insight into various topics of Life in the UK, in story form. Most videos are a dialogue between my alter-ego ‘Ed’ and his wife Judy.
Each Life in the UK post focuses on vocabulary, with some of the more difficult words defined for you. You can download those words as an Excel file, and import them into your Personal Dictionary. Thereafter, you can play 3 word games to practise and test yourself. Doing so will intensify your learning.
Check back regularly for a new story!
So, Ms Star, why should I offer you the job?
Oh Ed, no interviewer would ask that question. Especially not the very first question of the job interview.
You’re right Judy, I’ll ask you again at the end.
Okay, Ms Star, I can see from your curriculum vitae that you work part-time at your present company. Why do you want to change to full-time employment?
This evening I’m in my local pub. The word pub is short for public house, a place where you can buy alcoholic beverages. There are are over 39,000 in the UK and the meeting point for millions of Brits. It is said that over half the population go to pubs on a regular basis. Often pubs are full of...
The usual, Judy?
Yes, please. Can you get me a water too.
Of course. Here you are my dear, one white wine and sparkling water.
Thanks Ed. It’s rather quiet in here. Where is everyone?
When is this department store going to open? It’s already 9 o’clock?
I think your watch is fast Judy. It’s only five to nine. Perhaps you should buy a new watch in the January sales.
There’s nothing wrong with this watch. I put the time forward so we would get here before the others.
Well that didn’t work. There are about 50 people ahead of us in the queue.
Look what I just found in the attic Judy. It’s the Star family tree, which dates back to the 19th century.
Where did you find that?
It was in the attic. I was looking for some old photographs when I stumbled across it.
Did you find the photos too?
Ahh, home sweet home!
Yes, it’s nice to go away Judy, but it’s always great to be home. An Englishman’s home is his castle.
Well it’s a shame my Englishman’s castle is an end of terrace home.
There is nothing wrong with this place my dear. We have a front and back garden, with a lawn that rivals Wimbledon’s tennis courts.
Thank goodness for that. I don’t want to be inside a hospital again for a very long time.
What are you talking about Ed? We were only there to visit our friend Rachel and her new-born son Jason.
I know, and it was lovely to see them, but I don’t like hospitals, they are too clean.
What a ridiculous thing to say. They must be spotless to minimise the spreading of infection.
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