Whenever we try to explain a nation’s people we risk falling into the stereotypes trap. While it feels that you can point to certain characteristics of a people, will they always ring true? For example, does every Norwegian like to ski and go for walks in the country? Normally, when you generalise about the traits of a national group there will be many exceptions to the rule.
Let’s see what someone in Britain writes about the British. Read the article below and answer the questions.
- What is the message the writer is trying to make when he lists all the adjectives about the typical Briton in the first paragraph?
- According to the article, which people, or groups, compose the population of the UK?
- What does the writer say about class in the UK?
- How many classes does the writer claim there are in the UK?
- What problems does the article suggest there are due to the class divisions in the UK?
- Does the article offer a serious review of British cuisine?
- What, according to the article, is the most important and popular British drink?
- What drink are the British just not very good at, according to the article?
- Choose one of the other headings in the article and summarise what the text says about the British.
- How serious do you think the article is? Give some evidence for you point of view.