English Breakfast

In England we tend to eat three meals a day. Many people eat their biggest meal in the evening which is often called supper or dinner. Breakfast is usually between 7am and 9am.

What do the English eat for Breakfast?

Well, this varies alot from person to person and some people skip breakfast altogether (although it is widely considered unhealthy to do so by most English people).

I expect you think you already know what an English breakfast consists of (or dare I say it, the ‘full English Breakfast’). Most people would say that the English breakfast was eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, baked beans and fried bread.

According to a survey of commuting workers a more typical English breakfast nowadays is more likely to be a simple bowl of cereal, a slice of toast or bread, orange juice and a cup or two of coffee. The English definitely rely on their coffee.A more traditional English breakfast consists of eggs, sausages, bacon, fried bread and mushrooms.Hotels particularly like to serve this option at their breakfasts. We also call this style of breakfast a ‘fry-up’, because most of the food is fried in a pan.

Cereals have become the healthy choice although many of the popular cereals on the market today are quite the opposite, full of sugar and other unhealthy elements.

Regardless, there are healthy cereals packed with whole grains which provide a good source of energy and are often had with milk.

A traditional winter-time alternative to cereal is hot porridge, which is a gloopy white substance that most children positively dislike!

I always had to eat mine with chocolate, which my mother was happy to allow as even porridge with chocolate is better for a young child than no porridge at all!

English Women

Women in England are given equal rights to men, and this is a very important part of English society now.

It wasn’t always this way, and it took the bravery and courage of some famous women and men to make the change. Here are some simple points about women that may differ to your country (or may not!):

It’s completely acceptable for women to drink beer. Women can drink anything men can and most of society will not find it odd. However, many men still feel that it is not attractive to see a women drinking the more tradition ‘male’ drinks like a pint of beer or very hard spirits.

It’s also normal for women to wander around alone. Just like men, women in England can go anywhere they want and do anything they like (within the law!). It is very normal to see women on their own walking from place to place, just like men. You might be asking yourself why this is notable – if so, consider yourself lucky!

Another important social event is eating out! Women in England are socially free to eat alone in restaurants. It is not seen as odd or notable to be female and alone while eating your meal in a cafe or restaurant. This is something not all countries can take for granted!

It is standard in England for women to hold positions of authority in the Armed Forces, police, politics, law and every aspect of society and business.

There are no legal restrictions on what a woman can achieve in terms of a career in England.

Some women still complain that men stop women from succeeding in business sometimes, but equally so some men complain that companies will be more likely to hire women because it makes the company look good in the eyes of society, so men are losing out on some jobs.

Both things probably do happen sometimes, but this is the result of an equal society.

As promised, here is another installment of our light hearted look at English Slang.

When a word is indicated by a ‘*’ it means that it is not in common usage nowadays in England, but once was.

Oftentimes, slang comes around in phases so one word might not be used now but in future it may be.

This often depends on popular media such as movies and newspapers who have been responsible for the use of mane slang phrases over the years.

The first word is the slang word, then the proper English word closest to it, followed by an example of how to use it.

Airy-fairy – lacking in strength, weak. ‘Don’t give me that airy-fairy excuse! Hand your homework in on time! ‘

Aggro – Aggressive behaviour, troublemaking. ‘Don’t be so aggro, we can work this out.’

Airhead – A silly person, someone who doesn’t think well. ‘Why did she get that question wrong? She is such an airhead! ‘

Alky / alkie – An alcoholic . ‘My uncle is such an old alky – he never stops drinking!’

Ace! – Brilliant, really good. ‘This food is ace!’

Action man – someone who does alot of macho things, someone trying to be tough. ‘Peter is a real action man, look at him trying to impress the ladies. ‘

All-nighter – an event which takes place all night or at least for longer than most events of the same type. . ‘Are you going to the club tonight? I fancy doing an all-nighter ‘

All to pot – messed up, everything went wrong. ‘The trip was ace until I broke my leg, and then it all went to pot. ‘

Ankle-biters – young children, babies . ‘What a cute little ankle-biter he is!’

(going) Apeshit – angry, being very aggressive, violent. ‘Someone told Jon he was fat, so Jon went apeshit and punched him on the nose!’

Learning English is a difficult task – we fully sympathise with you if you are trying to do it!

Most English people do not know the full range and function of the English language – using it is as natural to them as breathing!

One all too common complaint made by people attempting to learn English is that there are too many slang words and other types of word that cannot be understood or even found in the dictionary.

Without further ado then, here is our first in what will be a series of English Slang blogs and articles.

The first word is the slang word, then the proper English word closest to it, followed by an example of how to use it.

- Botched messed up, made worse. ‘He made a botched job of repairing the door – he completely botched it up’.- Bloke – man. ‘Jon is a great bloke.’

– Bottle – fortitude, courage. ‘Do you have the bottle to tell her you like her?

– Chucking it down – heavy or annoying rain. ‘Oh no! It’s chucking it down outside and I have to walk home!’

– Chuffed – pleased, happy, proud. ‘I feel chuffed to have passed my exam’

– Cheesed Off – annoyed, fed up, angry. ‘She was so cheesed off when she found out I had eaten all her chocolate!’

- Daft – a little crazy, stupid. ‘Sine is daft, she just ate her pencil’- Dosh – money. ‘Can you lend me some dosh mate?’

– Gobsmacked – very surprised, astounded. ‘When she told me I was fired I was gobsmacked.’

– Gutted – Unhappily surprised, negatively affected. ‘I feel so gutted to have lost the fight – I thought I was going to win.’

More soon..!