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Introducing the topic – the British countryside

Nicole introduces this week's topic
NICOLE: Hi. This week, we’re going to look at the British countryside. Now, whether you’ve visited Britain or not, you probably have some ideas about the countryside here. Do you have a picture in your head of what Britain looks like? Or an idea of what the weather is like here? What sort of words come to mind? We asked several people who have moved from other countries to live in Britain what they think about the countryside and the climate here.
Here are some of the things they said: Fernando from Brazil talked about his first visit to England in 2006.
He says: “It was just beautiful: the green fields, small villages and castles seemed like they came straight out of a fairy tale.” I think that’s a very traditional view of the British countryside - especially the English countryside - green fields, villages, castles. We’ll see this week that there’s more to the British countryside than that. But how about the weather? This is what Anne-Lise from Denmark
said: “I love the British climate! The winters are short and mild, and the summers not too hot. You can wear black tights all year round and don’t have to worry about not being suntanned as lots of people aren’t. And I like the rain too!” So Anne-Lise thinks the British climate is OK because it lets her wear the clothes she wants to! There are lots of reasons why people might like or not like the countryside and climate in Britain. In the next step, we’ll look at some more opinions of Britain’s countryside and climate and then you will share your views and opinions with other learners.

Welcome to Week 3. If you’ve only just joined the course, why not click ‘To do’ at the top of the page to catch up on Week 1 and Week 2.

This week we’ll be talking about the British countryside. What does it look like and how does it make people feel? During this Week you will think about how countryside and climate affects you and look at some language we use to describe the world around us.

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