Most learners of English around the world will learn a little about Britain and/or America while they are studying. But what do people really know about the culture of these two countries?
Do British and American people share the same culture, or are they totally different?
To help answer this Ask About Britain question, Jo and Oliver spoke to a British man married to an American woman living in the UK, and an American man living in the UK. What did they think about the differences in British and American culture?
Listen to Jo's report to find out how the two cultures difference
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British and American Culture 英國文化VS美國文化
Jo: Hello, I’m Jo and you're listening to Ask About Britain from BBC
Learning English, the programme where we answer your questions
about how British people live their lives.
Oliver: My name is Oliver and today we are going to answer the question
from this man:
Hi my name is Zhong Shi. I'm from the Communication University of China in
Beijing. How is British culture different from American culture?
Oliver: 聽眾 Zhong Shi 想相識英國文化和美國文化之間到底有什么樣的差異，為此
我們特地采訪了英國人 Mark， 他娶了一位美國太太，兩小我私家在一起已經糊口
Jo: Listen to what he thinks the differences are:
I think the single biggest difference is that Britain is a very very old country
whereas the US ? it's a very new country. I think they're probably more forward
thinking than we are, more forward looking ? we are quite backward thinking
Jo: So Mark says the single biggest difference,
Jo: He says Americans are probably more forward thinking ? by which
he means they look to the future more.
Jo: In today's Ask About Britain from BBC Learning English, we are
answering Zhong Shi's question about the differences between
British and American culture. We also spoke to Jeff ? he's an
American who's been living with his American wife in the UK for
seven years ? he also lived here for a year and a half in the 1980s.
What I see more of now is subtle differences that are distinct but not as blatant
differences as I saw when I lived here in the 80s. What I see are differences
primarily in attitudes ? there's much more of a remnant of a class system in the
UK ? we have classes in the US but it's primarily more socio-economic as opposed
to classes in the UK about history or where you're from, what your background is.
Jo: Jeff says now there's distinct subtle differences between American
and British culture. Distinct.
Oliver: 明明的和微妙的, subtle 不像是在八十年月的時候那么招搖，可能是說突出。
Jo: Blatant. The differences are primarily in attitudes. Primarily.
Jo: Remnants of a class system. There are classes in the UK.
Oliver: 階層、品級。與之差異的是，在美國品級見識是成立在經濟基本上的，更多的是按照你的事情和收入抉擇的。請留意， Jeff 用了一個詞兒是社會經濟方面的。
Oliver: Jeff 認為英國人眼中的品級是成立在你的家屬配景基本上的，人們體貼的是你的來頭兒而不是你的事情。
Jo: And finally what about the difference in character between the
British and the Americans? Let's look at some of the language first