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Yes, we're different, but ...

Differences?

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Well, I've never understood why you say in English "There's not enough room to swing a cat around". I thought British people liked cats!

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Why do you say in English "That's double Dutch to me" when you don't understand something? What have you got against the Dutch?

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Why do people in Britain drink gallons of tea at four or five o'clock in the afternoon?

Hang on, not all British people do that. I drink gallons of coffee.

Task


Expressions

I've noticed that ...

What I've noticed is that you ...

What always surprises me is that ...

What gets me is that you constantly ...

One thing I've never understood is ...

You have a notion of ... which is incomprehensible / which seems great to me.

I love the way you do that.

 

I wouldn't make such generalisations ...

Well done, well spotted! But, as usual, that depends on ...

You are right to some extent but ...

Well, I don't know what to say. On the one hand, I agree ... , on the other hand ...

You know what? That's one of the many common misconceptions about ...




Englishh version translated/adapted by Mike Calvert, Div. of Education, University of Sheffield © 1993
Original version in German/Spanish by Seminar f¸r Sprachlehrforschung, Ruhr-Universitšt Bochum © 1992