On the occasion of my first year within La Rochelle Graduate School of Management, I made my work placement in the company Container Link, in Poole, in the south-east of England. This experience, lasting three months, is the opportunity to live through a total immersion in an English-speaking country in order to improve my professional English. Moreover, this work placement would be a human and cultural experience.
[...] It's becoming like the other day of the week. Britain is now a far less Christian country with fewer people regularly attending church. ❖ Free time People enjoy various indoor and outdoor activities. In the family where I was, I observed they spent their free time watching television, socializing (pubs on sport, gardening, listening to music. ❖ Pubs The word pub is short for public house. There are over 60,000 pubs in the UK (53,000 in England and Wales in Scotland and 1,600 in Northern Ireland). [...]
[...] The average viewing time per person is over 25 hours a week. There are five main channels in Britain: two national commercial-free BBC networks, BBC1 and BBC2, and the commercial ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 services. The BBC channels are commercial free while the other three have commercials All the channels offer a mixture of drama, light entertainment, films, sport, educational, children's and religious programs, news and current affairs, and documentaries. The BBC has been providing regular television broadcasts since 1936. [...]
[...] I could discover each stage of the loading of the goods to the factory until the delivery with the customer while passing by storage if necessary. I learned how to fill out the principal documents of transport like a CMR. I could develop my knowledge on the economy in the United Kingdom. Indeed, my training course with CONTAINER LINK confronted me directly with the British economic situation. More and more factories see themselves constrained to delocalize because of the increase cost of export. [...]
[...] England's national sport is cricket although to many people football is seen as the national sport. Football is the most popular sport. Every person in the office where I worked support a team (Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United). And during the World Cup the main subject of conversation was the England team. The other sports very popular in the UK are rugby, polo, tennis, basket-ball, golf, horse racing, fishing. To sum up The British are said to be reserved in manners, dress and speech. [...]
[...] They are famous for their politeness, self-discipline and their sense of humour. British people are quite reserved when greeting one another. When I arrived at the office the morning, greeting was a bright “Hello”, “Hi” or “Good Morning”. I was very lucky to live during three months in a family, so I could observe another social custom. The English called people by many different “affectionate” names according to their sex, age and location. For example mate, guy, son, madam, miss, dear, dearie, love, chick, chuck, me duck The English eat continental style, with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right. [...]
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