In today’s episode we’ll be reviewing some cultural differences between the U.S. and U.K. This episode was a request from a listener, and they wanted to hear about school systems in each of
our countries. Listen along as Jen and Dan describe the similarities and differences while you practice with a real conversation.
Additionally, you’ll hear some idioms and expressions used commonly in English to add to your vocabulary bank!
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Language Focus: Cultural Differences - The UK vs US
duvet VS comforter
reception VS preschool
primary school VS elementary school
year VS grade
mark VS grade
secondary school & sixth form VS middle school and high school
vocational vs technical (compulsory until 16, then sixth form is optional to prepare for college)
uniforms: optional in primary school and necessary in secondary school (UK)only required at some private schools in the US
Ivy League VS The Russell Group
download the episode guide for more information about these websites, including the links, details about how to use them and more!
Idioms and Expressions
chicken and egg situation: a situation where it’s unknown which of 2 things came first or caused the other
or what have you: and/or anything else that is similar
bag of nerves: a person who is very nervous
a little fish in a big pond: a person that is lower in age/status or some other reason in a group of people
easy peasy lemon squeezy: very easy [just a phrase that rhymes]
across the board: applying to everything in a similar group or of what’s being mentioned
bookworm: a person who studies a lot
off the top of one’s head: the immediate thoughts in one’s head without over thinking
pass with flying colors: to be very successful in a class/test
take a backseat: to let someone else deal with something, to become less important than someone/something
We want to hear from you!
Tell us about the school systems in your country? Is it more similar to The U.S. or U.K.?
Additionally you can answer the following question:
Did you enjoy going to school? Tell us about your experience!
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