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Snapshot of England – The official language of England is English, though Cornish is a recognized regional language of Cornwall. About 60% of England’s population is Christian, though irreligion has been increasing in recent years. The Church of England is the dominant religion in the country. English culture has a rich history in architecture, literature, science, and the arts. Many aspects from historical English culture continue to have some influence today, such as the popularity of the Royal Family, tea drinking, and other activities. English drivers drive on the left-hand side of the road. Soccer, cricket, and rugby are the most popular sports in the country. England has several distinct dishes, such as meat pies, sausages (usually called “bangers”), steak and kidney pudding, and fish and chips. A traditional English breakfast is a large meal, involving sausages, bacon, eggs, toast, and other items. Puddings, pies, and scones are among popular dessert items. Indian food is also quite popular in England, with chicken tikka masala being one of the most popular dishes.
Snapshot of Isle of Man (part of the England Manchester Mission)
The Isle of Man is a British Crown Dependency; it is governed separately from the United Kingdom. Its official languages are English and Manx, though Manx is spoken by few and is actually considered an endangered language. The Isle of Man’s population is predominantly Christian, with the Church of England and Methodist churches being the largest denominations. The Isle of Man’s culture is greatly influenced by Celtic culture. Traditional folk music has experienced a revival as part of a larger effort to expand Manx culture. The Isle of Man is home to many unique legends and folklore, including mystical creatures such as fairies. Rugby, soccer, and field hockey are popular sports. The island also hosts several motorcycle races during the year. A distinct Manx dish is Spuds and Herrin (boiled potatoes and herring). Chips (fries), cheese, and gravy is a popular fast-food dish. Other seafood dishes, such as smoked salmon and scallops, are also popular. The unique Manx Loaghtan Sheep is also used in several meat dishes. The Isle of Man also produces several types of cheese. Many English cuisine influences are also present, with scones and tea being commonly served.
The Church has quite a detailed history in the area. In fact, the longest continual branch of The Church in the world is located in Preston, England and was established in 1837.
The first baptisms in England were performed within the mission boundaries. The birthplace of the third modern-day president of The Church, John Taylor, is also located within the England Manchester Mission. This mission is now home to seven stakes, 47 wards, five branches and a temple in Chorley that was dedicated in 1999.
Missionaries in this area will frequently use trains and busses as a mode of transportation. A few areas use cars and bicycles; however, most missionaries will get around the cities using public transportation.
Brill: Short for “brilliant.” This expression is used to describe many things and is slightly overused.
Chuffed: Chuffed is used as an expression when someone is really pleased about something.
Dead: When used in “Brit speak,” this work is an adjective that is synonymous with “very,” as in “very (dead) funny” or “very (dead) clever.”
Dodgy: Dodgy is used to describe those who are not to be trusted. “Dodgy” people are best avoided.
Gutted: This term is used when someone is upset or disappointed.
Knackered: When someone is worn out, good for nothing or tired, they are knackered.
Posh: Roughly translated, this means “high-class.” It is often used in a derogatory sort of way.
Quid: A pound in money is called a quid. This is equivalent to a ‘buck’ in North America. A five-pound note is called a “fiver,” and a ten-pound notes is called a “tenner.”
Sorted: When you have already fixed a problem and someone asks how it is going, you might say it is “sorted.” You might also tell someone to “get it sorted,” meaning they should get on with
Taking the mickey: This term signifies making fun of someone or something,
Tara: Tara, pronouced “tuh-ra,” is another word for “cheerio” or “goodbye,” which is used a lot in the North of England. Many people slur this word to the point where it is pronounced “t’ra.”
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