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Do you really know what the English are like?

bull dogEnglish Stereotypes (Not British)

Please note: We have mainly written about England, as that is the country within the UK where our students live. We would be very happy for schools and visitors to send us information we can add to our website on Wales and Scotland.

Learning from the media and talking to older people, we pick up a lot of stereotypes about other nations. In every country there are plenty of stereotypes about residents but most of them are untrue and very wrongful.

What are the first three things which come into your mind when you hear the words 'England' or 'the English?

Mine are fish and chips, rolling hills and sarcasm (click here for a definition of sarcasm)

On this page we have added what people around the world see as the stereotypes of the English.

The most common picture depicting a typical Englishman is a man wearing a bowler hat and reading the Times newspaper. Bowler hats are now rarely seen in England. In fact I don't think I have ever seen one being worn apart from in the movies!

When I think of the English, I think of .........

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'Beer, honesty, Bulldog-type, Royal Family, Cricket, the Weather'
- Dickie Bird (Famous English cricket umpire)


'Long shadows on county cricket grounds, warm beer,
invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and
old maids bicycling through the morning mist'

- John Major (Ex Prime Minister )

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cream teas, 'Big Ben, Shakespeare, pubs, beefeaters'


'Men wearing bowler hats, pin striped suite,
a newspaper under the arm and
carrying a long unopen umbrella.'

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'Gardening, warm beer, stiff upper lip, double-decker buses, Morris dancing'

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Morris Dancing ' Royal family, Union Jack, God Save the Queen,
Battle of Britain, Trooping the Colour'


'England is a land of beer, football and bad weather.'
(Contrary to popular belief, it DOES NOT rain every day in England! :)



'I'm working in a school in Catalonia and they all think that it rains 24/7 in England, and that we eat bad food which is ironic because the food over here is terrible!! Oh, and they all think that we must know David Beckham because we are English!'


'Patriotic people, some think we are snobs but we are just proud of our country and Queen.
We are very polite and patient although as in any country, there are the bad eggs.
But on the whole we are a very pleasant nation.'

Tom Eccles aged 13.

'Saying 'splendid' and 'terribly' (to mean 'very', eg 'terribly sorry to bother you' etc) and old fashioned words/phrases like 'cheerio' 'spiffing' etc, ''
(We don't say these words!)

'I think that English people are quite reserved. I had to laugh when I went by tube and saw everyone sitting and reading their newspapers.'

'My in-laws are from the Middle East - they think that we boil all our food. If the truth be told I would rather eat curry than boiled cabbage!'

' People think the English are no good at learning foreign languages and have the attitude that if they yell loud enough in English the "foreigners" will evertually understand them... ' lol

'A lot of folks overseas think that the English are crazy about dogs and love them more than their kids!'

'Tea and the Queen come to mind.'

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Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.