much do you know about the United Kingdom? Answer the questions
and then check your answers by reading the text below.
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.
United Kingdom ruled twenty-five percent of the world until the
early 1900s. Much of its territory was lost during the 20th century.
population is over 60 million. The main languages are English,
Welsh (in Wales) and Scottish (in Scotland).
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.
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?)
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.