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Top 7 Books for Cultural Understanding: England


Any ESL student knows a simple fact: Speaking English well does not mean you understand the culture. Communicating effectively with native-speakers requires much more than just good grammar, listening, writing and speaking skills. If you work and live in an English speaking culture, you also need to understand the society from a cultural point of view. These books are designed to give this insight into culture in England.

1. Britian and the British People

This is a very serious book about a very serious topic! Seriously, if you are truly interested in the British then this book provides the answers you are looking for including: The System of Classes, General Relation of Society and State, Parliament and its Relation to the Cabinet, the Monarchy, and much, much more.
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2. Doing Business in the UK

A practical guide to understanding the essentials of doing business in the U.K. This book would probably be an asset for any US businessman as well.
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3. Oxford Guide to British and American Culture for Learner's of English

A learner's guide to culture is a great starting point to exploring British and American culture. If you have lived in one country, you might find the comparisons particularly interesting.
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4. British Culture: An Introduction

This book is best for those wishing to understand the arts in Britain today. This book focuses on the arts in current British society.
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5. The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval England

This excellent guide to medieval England is for those who are interested in the fascinating history of England.
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6. Brit Cult

Beattles? Twiggy? What do they have in commmon? They are both essentials of British Pop Culture. Explore some of the fun with this guide to British Pop Culture.
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7. England for Dummies

This is guide to visiting England. However, it offers interesting insights into British culture - especially from an American point of view.
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