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Present Perfect

Date: Jul 30 2012

Themes: Travel

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense


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Blimey! The Olympics are in London this year, mate. That makes it a perfect time to start using your favorite British English expressions, as you enjoy a nice warm glass of ale at your favorite pub.

London is a city that’s rich with history and traditions. And from their food to their humor, the British people are a unique bunch. They may speak the same language as Americans, more or less, but that definitely doesn’t mean their culture is the same. Hear Mason and Amy talk about their favorite aspects of London and the UK.




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Amy:  Are you excited about the Olympics being in London this year?

Mason:  I mean, I’m excited about the Olympics in general, I think. I didn’t really pay much attention to, like, them being in London or not. But I’m sure that’ll be awesome.

Amy:  Have you ever been to England or to London?

Mason:  I’ve been a couple times to London. And last time I was there, I did a tour of the Tower of London, and apparently, there was one time that they were housing the Olympics in there, and they thought they would do maybe some of the swim races in the moat, which is a terrible idea, because that was basically the bathroom for the entire Tower of London. So they ruled that out.

Amy:  Oh man. See, I love that about London. There’s just so much history there, and so many crazy stories like that. It’s different from the US, where, you know, we just have such a shorter history.

Mason:  Absolutely. It establishes a really interesting dynamic over there.

Amy:  Yeah. There’s so many great traditions, and just, sort of cultural things that everyone knows, like the British sense of humor and the ale and gross food and all that kind of stuff.

Mason:  I don’t know that anyone is really happy about the gross food, to be fair.

Amy:  That’s true.

Mason:  And it is gross. Are you listening, England? Your food is totally gross.


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Mason is excited about the Olympics. Amy reminds him that they are in London this year. He thinks that could make them even more fun.

Mason has been to London twice. He likes London for its rich history and traditions. Amy points out that England has a much longer history than the US, which she thinks makes it a very interesting place.

The British are known for many things, including their dry sense of humor and their pubs. Some of the things they’re known for aren’t great. For example, their cuisine is considered far from delicious. Mason dislikes British food, but he loves London.

Have you ever visited London? What do you think England is best known for?



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I  want to go to England very much, but honesty, London is not on the top of the list of the places, which I would like to see there,  as small medieval cities and  nature landscapes seem more attractive to me than crowded capitals. But if I were in  London, of course, I would like to see the Tower there, and Trafalgar square, and Westminister abbey, and every  other place, I have heard about. 

It is new to me to get to know, that this country is known for its gross food, as I heard that english cousine is simple , but not bad.

07:53 PM Apr 28 2014 |



a very helpful lesson thanks

02:19 PM Feb 13 2013 |




I just had a great time in London this summer vacation.London is a great city with marked characteristic,for which once you are here,wherever you go,you are clear that”wow,I’m in London!”.

PS:I miss my host family in London:)

10:32 AM Jan 19 2013 |

Son of English

Hong Kong

Buttafly – never trust a guide to London language written by an American, ha! British people do not say ‘horny’, only Austin Powers does…

Only posh people say ‘quite’...normal people would probably say it’s pretty good, or it’s alright.

Toilets is okay.

Let’s have an Indian – yes, but a strange phrase to include. It’s not really that confusing if someone says, ‘let’s go for an Indian.’ You would think they’re talking about food, not eating an Indian person, surely.

02:57 PM Dec 27 2012 |

Son of English

Hong Kong

tonyzhou00 – most capital cities have people who are arrogant and rude, ha. They believe they live in the greatest place in the world and everyone else lives in a slum. Most other cities in the UK dislike London people, you are not alone.

Do people in Beijing look down on people from the middle of China?

02:47 PM Dec 27 2012 |



i do not like there. some people is so errogant and rule

11:43 AM Dec 27 2012 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

one of my favorite city

02:24 PM Dec 17 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Why England dishes are not delicious?

It is my bold question after reading…. When somewhere has a rich history, It is possible to have may geusts ! If somewhere has had geustes why foods does not promoted ?!

10:47 AM Aug 14 2012 |

marija luiza


I have been in London last year. It was the best experience that I ever had. People are cold but at the same time they are friendly and polite. Their food is horrible but after all you will love it. The best know thing is the traditional fish and chips, but to be honest I prefer their sunday roast with chicken yummi :). The Big Ben is awesome. You should visit london, you will learn a lot of culture and you will learn english at the same time. Without words the best part in all my life. I just love it 

11:05 PM Aug 05 2012 |

La Princesse de la vie


I’ve never visited London before, but I wish to :)... 

I agree with Amy that England is best known for its great history in addition to the amazing literature… 

11:00 PM Aug 02 2012 |



Russian Federation

I like England and english people. They have a lot of great traditions, for example, singing songs on football gamesSmile And their football championship is the best in the world. They have a lot of good rock bands. I think I’m going to visit this country sooner or later.

06:37 PM Aug 02 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

this year olympic games are hold in london.london is a nice city which is modern and it also has a long history.and the nature of london is also very nice for games.

12:59 PM Jul 31 2012 |




I’ve never been to London, but I would love to visit there someday OMG, it

would be awesome and exciting for sure…. I want to spend my whole vacation there. :)

England is best known for the Stonehenge and Palace of WestminsterWastwater in the Lake District.  and many more…

11:51 PM Jul 30 2012 |

Irene Forever


Olya, to tell the truth, I don’t like Benny Hill, but I adore Mr. Bean played by Rowan Atkinson. :) His playing is a perfect stupidity based by funniest behavior .:) Why not  be relaxed for awhile? :)))

10:10 PM Jul 30 2012 |




i  eager to visit this country coz to my knowladge that it is the origin of english language as well i desire to recognize everything there

09:45 PM Jul 30 2012 |

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Russian Federation

I’d love to visit this city! i’m going to next yearKiss

09:24 PM Jul 30 2012 |

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I have never visited London,but I hope oneday.I think the most important things in any country r its pple,sightseeing & food.

09:03 PM Jul 30 2012 |




What is British humor? I think you got to grow up in a country to understand it better, though when Benny Hill is funnily running, he’s a barrel of laughs, but when he starts talking or singing, I bloody don’t understand… and he doesn’t slow down!

07:58 PM Jul 30 2012 |

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