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STEREOTYPES IN EUROPEAN CULTURES
THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS
“Odo led his own hundred and twenty knights to war, and since the Church objected to priests shedding blood with the sword, swung his mace in the thick of the mêlée at Hastings.” (From G.M. Trevelyan, A shortened History of England, 1942, Penguins Books, p.97)
THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY
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London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. It stands on the River Thames. In London live people coming from different countries and cultures. There are many interesting sites and landmarks: the Tower of London; the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, Greenwich (in which the Royal Observatory marks the Prime Meridian, 0° longitude). Other famous landmarks include: Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square. London is home to many museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End theaters. The Queen lives in Buckingham palace. The London Underground is very old and famous too. Londoners call it the tube.
There are also famous and beautiful parks such as: Hyde Park and St. James’ park where you can see ducks, pelicans and squirrels. The patron saint of London is St. Christopher.
What is the capital city of the UK?
Where does the Queen live?
What are the names of the most important parks?
How do Londoners call the underground?
What kind of animals can you find in the parks?
What’s the name of the river London stands on?
Who is the patron saint of London?
Where is the USA?
What countries is it between?
How many states are there in the USA?
What is the capital city of the USA?
Where does the president live?
What is the name of the American president?
What was the name of the first American president?
What is the name of the American flag?
- What do the stars and stripes represent?
1. Who does the city of Washington take its name from?
2. What’s the name of the official residence of the American president?
3. What do the letters D.C. stand for?
4. What is the address of the White House?
5. Which river is Washington DC on?
6. What is The Capitol?
7. When do American people celebrate Independence day?
8. What do people in the USA celebrate on this day?
9. When was the Declaration of Independence signed?
10. Who was Christopher Columbus?
11. When do American people celebrate Columbus Day?
12. When did Christopher Columbus sail from Spain?
13. Where did he arrive?
14. What was the name of the first English colony in the USA?
15. When do American people celebrate “Thanksgiving Day”.
16. What is the reason of this celebration?
17. How do people celebrate it?
18. Do they have special food?
1. Where is New York?
2. What’s the name of its river?
3. How many boroughs are there in New York?
4. What is the name of the most important borough in New York?
5. What is the name of the most famous square in New York?
6. What are the main attractions of the city?
7. What is the nickname of New York?
8. What is the name of the most famous park in New York?
Some information about CANADA
Canada is a vast land. From east to west it stretches about 7,560 kilometers. There are six time zones in Canada.
In Canada there are many lakes, rivers, mountains, and some plains just in the central part of the country. Its economy is based on natural resources in fact Canada is the world leader in agricultural production. The industries of telecommunications and energy technologies are also very important.
In Northern Canada, right close to the Arctic, the landscape is dominated by ice and snow. Here live the Native Canadians, called First Nations people.
First Nations and Inuit peoples are the native inhabitants of Canada. Before the European settlers arrived in Canada, they lived in groups called tribes. Some tribes were nomadic and so they moved from place to place for hunting and gathering food. Some others were farmers and so they settled down in an area and farmed the land. Each tribe had its tradition and culture depending on the area they were from. Even language was different. Indeed there are many different aboriginal languages in Canada, which can be grouped together into 11 “language families” including, for example Athapaskan and Iroquoian. The word Canada comes from the Huron word “kanata” which means village.
Most of Canadian people have British and French origins but we can also find other European and Asian immigrants. First Nations are only a small percentage of the population.
Canada remained under British control until 1931 when it finally became an independent nation.
Today Canada is a confederation of parliamentary democracy. The British monarch is the head of the state, represented by a governor. The prime minister is the head of the government. Canada is divided into ten provinces and three territories. The capital city is Ottawa. Other important cities are: Vancouver, Toronto, Quebec City.
There are two official languages: French and English.
The national flag is called Maple Leaf. Maple trees are very common in Canada. The Maple tree is also used to make maple syrup. Canadians put maple syrup on pancakes.
Maple wood instead is used to make furniture, houses and flooring.
The typical animal is the beaver. Other animals are: the eagle, the groundhog and the bear.
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What is the capital city of Australia?
Which are the largest cities in Australia?
Which part of the country is the population concentrated the most?
How is the weather for most of the year?
What is Australia famous for?
Who were the first inhabitants of the country?
Who is said to have discovered Australia?
What kind of colony was it at first?
What kind of political system does the country follow?
Why did Britain send so many convicts to other countries in the 18th century?
Why did convicts stop going to America?
Why did people who were not convicts come to Australia in the 19th century?
Why did the Australian government want to attract immigrants after World War II?