2Language She had a right cob on about something That meal was a total rip off!They gave him the sackYou’re taking the piss, mate!I’m skiving off early todayEugh that’s manky!Lend us a fiver, loveSomeone’s been telling porkiesFancy one for the road?I was flippin’ hammered last Friday and fell arse over tit down the stairs!I was knackered last nightGive us a ringPull the other one, it’s got bells on!It’s swings and roundaboutsCan I share your rubber?I’m just nipping to the looI fancy bangers and mash tonight...What’s for pudding?It’s only ten quid!It’s all gone pear-shapedIt’s not my cup of tea
3Culture What?“The effect that immersion in a strange culture has on the unprepared visitor... Culture shock is what happens when a traveller suddenly finds himself in a place where yes may mean no, where a ‘fixed price’ is negotiable”(Oxford English Dictionary)
4“An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one” George Mikes
5The same? Different? Weather Politics Sense of humour Religion Dress & appearancesFoodNational holidaysConversation topicsArchitectureDrinking cultureQueuingMediaLanguage
6“A man walks into a bar. Ouch!” An English joke…“A man walks into a bar. Ouch!”(Really? That’s funny?)
7Where? My garden, 32B Bakedbean Road When? 21st September, 4 til late Scenario 1Where? My garden, 32B Bakedbean RoadWhen? 21st September, 4 til lateBYOBYou are invited to my Birthday Barbecue!!!
8Sir Peregrine Muchcash Scenario 2Loadsamoney BankDear Sir/MadamMany thanks for your recent application for an internship with our organisation. We are pleased to be able to invite you to attend an interview on Friday 21st September at 9am. You will be asked to give a short presentation entitled “How to make loads of money.” Directions are enclosed. Please confirm that you are able to attend.Kind regardsSir Peregrine Muchcash
9Scenario 3Dear StudentWe request the pleasure of your company at the Law Society Annual Dinner at the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly, London.Date: Saturday 22nd SeptemberTime: 7 for 7.30RSVP:
10Scenario 4Dear StudentPlease be advised that your examination will take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls on Wednesday at 10am.The Exams Office
11Embracing your new culture Make the most of College and Students’ Union events – keep an eye on the website and Facebook pagesTalk to people and make friendsAsk questions!Try new things – new food, new activities!Get to know your surroundingsBuy some essentials – an A-Z guide and an umbrella!Explore the UK – leave London!!!Check out the International Students House Travel Club – lots of subsidised trips in the UK and Europe!Go on a HOST visit – you only pay travel costs!Celebrate local festivals and national holidaysDon’t be afraid to ask for help – most people are very friendly
12Make yourself at homeBuy a phone card, Skype or mobile phone with lots of free minutes to international phone numbers and make sure you have easy access so you can keep in touch with your family and friends back homeCheck out the Students’ Union to see if there’s a group for students from your countryCheck out the country pages atIf you were involved with a specific activity or sport at home, see if you can join a club or group over here!Find somewhere that sells authentic food from your home countrySee if you can get international radio or TV channels, through a satellite package or on the WebKeep an eye out for festivals and activities – what’s going on in Trafalgar Square?Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
13HELP!The Student Advice and International Student Support Team – visitCan help with immigration problems and provide advice on a range of practical issuesThe College Counselling Service –The College Chaplaincy –Practiced listeners available for pastoral support, whatever your beliefs. Also run regular activities including International Student lunches and trips.The Students’ Union – – social activities, social facilities and academic adviceThe Compass – - letters, information and support