SPOTLIGHT ON

UNITED KINGDOM


How much do you know about the United Kingdom? Answer the questions and then check your answers by reading the text below.

1. The United Kindgom used to rule _____ percent of the world!
2. The population of the UK is _____.
3. If someone says 'come and see me soon', you should _____.
4. The UK has a _____ climate.

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The United Kingdom comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is part of Europe and is in the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. No part of the UK is more than 125 kilometres away from the sea. England is only 35 kilometres from France. It is linked to France via a tunnel.

The United Kingdom ruled twenty-five percent of the world until the early 1900s. Much of its territory was lost during the 20th century.

The population is over 60 million. The main languages are English, Welsh (in Wales) and Scottish (in Scotland).

England has a reputation for wet, cloudy weather. More than 180 days a year are overcast (grey). July is the warmest month. The best times to visit are May, June and September. At these times the temperature is usually pleasant and there is little rain. Generally the further north you go, the colder it gets. The west has more rain than the east.

Here are some do's and dont's for the UK. Do say 'please' and 'thank you' a lot. Don't forget to thank shopkeepers. Do shake hands when you meet someone. Don't talk loudly in public. Don't speak if you have food in your mouth. Don't ask personal questions (Why aren't you married? How much do you earn? How much do you weigh?)

People often say 'How do you do?' when they meet. It is not a real question. An appropriate answer is 'How do you do?' People might invite you to 'come see me anytime' or 'drop in soon.' Don't take this too literally. Always telephone before you visit! Never accept an invitation if you don't really plan to go.