The British Stiff Upper Lip.
Read the text through quickly to see what it is about.
Then read again and choose the word that collocates best with the
rest of the sentence.
Listen to check your answers
Choose the best collocation - 1
When in Britain, you must never complain. Complaining is very un-British.
If you are (1)
waiting half an hour in a shop,
To be kept waiting. Made to wait
if a bus (2)
is rude to you,
if a waiter brings your food ice-cold - you keep your mouth shut. The
upper lip is the British way.
Other nationalities might make a
You cause an argument but make a fuss
protest loudly or call for the manager, but not the British.
Remember also that British ears are
not tuned to hear complaints. A friend of mine was a regular
Customers pay but guests don't
at a famous and expensive London restaurant. Every day at 2:00pm and 9pm the
manager would come out (as he had been doing for the last 37 years),
go from table to table and
"Did you enjoy your meal?" For 37 years, hundreds of thousands of properly
up English people had replied to him. "Very much indeed." The man would smile, say "Thank you very much'. and
to the next table.
One day however, the lunch was so
my friend (Dutch mother ,
Albanian father) decided to tell him the naked truth. So, when the antiquated manager
at his table as usual and asked, 'Did you enjoy your meal, sir?' my friend replied: '
"Bluntly" is not used in direct speech.
not at all. It was appalling.'
To which the manager gave his
obsequious smile, said: "Thank you very much , sir', and moved on , quite
Listen and check - 2
Find a suitable adverb - 3
Complete each of these sentences with one of the words in the box below.
drastically sincerely abominably intimately patiently neatly intuitively helplessly
- He listened
as she told her long and rather boring story.
regretted all the unpleasant things he had said to her.
- She knew
that there was something wrong.
- She's changed
since she's left home. She's a new person.
- He always dresses very
but without much style.
- He behaved
at the party.
- He was rude to several of my friends. He's terribly funny. We were all
- I wouldn't say I know him
We're just work colleagues.
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