Реферат: The British people

The 4 parts of the UK represent 4 nations, which are distinct fromeach other in almost every aspect of life. They are different racially. Thepeople of Ireland, Wales and Scotland belonged to the Celtic race. Those inEngland and Scotland were mainly of Germanic origin.

This difference was reflected in the languages they spoke, intheir different economic, social and legal systems. England has always playedthe most important role in the history of the British Isles. That is whyforeigners usually call all British people English. The English are mainlyAnglo-Saxon in origin.

Traditionally the English are thought to be reserved, shy ofstrangers, conservative, honest, responsible and believing that they aresuperior to any other people on Earth. The Scots have a strong sense ofnational identify of their own distinct, values and traditions. Scotland is acountry with its dancers, its own songs, its poetry, national food and drink.To many foreigners, the image of Scotland is associated with kilts, tartans, bagpipes.

The Welsh are proud of their culture, traditions and theirlanguage. They are gifted in the art of self-expression in words, they are notafraid of being poetic in speech. There is much literary, musical and dramaticactivity in Wales. Special festivals are held to encourage Welsh literature andmusic. Wales is called “the land of song”. The Irish have a rich literaryheritage. Many great names of English literature were Irish (G. Swift, O.Wilde, G.B. Show). Britain is a country where a lot of immigrants live, theyare people of different origin: they are from Commonwealth countries are Asia,Africa, the West India, Pakistan, Hong Kong.

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