Vocabulary: To be proud of – гордиться Carefully – бережно Keep up – беречь To preserve – сохранять Raven – ворон Changing of the Guard – смена караула Trooping the Colour – вынос знамени Warders or Beefeaters – стражники Cavalrymen – гвардейцы Procession – процессия Newly-elected – вновь избранный Lord Mayor – мэр столицы medieval carriage – средневековая карета The House of Lords – палата лордов The Chancellor - канцлер
Experience – опыт Wisdom – мудрость Generation – поколение Rapidly – быстро Wool – шерсть Double – decker – двухэтажный автобус A lollipop lady – регулировщик Red telephone box – телефонная будка Red pillar box – почтовый ящик
Every country has its own traditions and customs. British are proud of their traditions and carefully keep them up. Traditions play an important role in the life of people.
Traditional uniforms are still preserved in Great Britain.
Changing of the Guard. Every day near the Buckingham Palace tourists can watch the ceremony Changing of the Guard. Cavalrymen in red uniforms ride on black horses through central streets of London.
Warders or Beefeaters. In the Tower of London you can see the Warders or Beefeaters.
Trooping the Colours. The Queen s official birthday is observed on the 2-d Saturday in June. This day is famous for a ceremony called Trooping the Colours, a beautiful parade of the Queen s soldiers.They troop the colour.
Formal ceremonies in London. Another London tradition is the procession of the newly elected Lord Mayor through the streets of London in his medieval carriage.
CLUBS and PUBS. Other tradition of Great Britain are numerous clubs and the pubs where Englishmen like to spend their time talking and discussing politics, sport, weather over a glass of beer.
The traditional love of English people for tea is well known. They like to drink tea with milk. They have their five o`clock tea not only at homes or offices, but also in tea – rooms and tea – shops, which can be found in every town.
In London you can see other traditional things such as red mail-boxes, red telephone boxes and old lamps.
Typical English homes. Britain families like to live in houses rather than in flats. The two story or semi-detached is one of the most characteristic houses of Britain. In front of the house there is a green lawn with a lot of flowers, behind it there is a garden. It is typical of the English.
Where do the British live? Most houses in Britain are made of red brick, sometimes they are made of stone. The English are fond of their homes. The English proverb says: My home is my castle.
FIREPLACE is the natural centre of the house. The British have sentimental love for old things. They keep fireplaces in their houses. In the evening the family usually sit near the fireplace discussing their problems.
The British are great pet lovers. Every family in Britain has at least one pet. Dogs are the favourite pets and there are about 6 million of them in Britain. The second favourite are cats and the third – parrots. The English take good care of their pets.