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- Hi, we're Joel and Lia.

- And today's video is all about misconceptions

about the UK, so the idea for this

came from Google! - Goo!


Google! - Google!


- Actually, it was my own idea.

I did have to go on Google to like Google it.

- Yeah.

- 'Cause I only came up with one.

- Yeah.

- I was in America and, or maybe it wasn't in America.

- I think you must've been driving in America.

I've heard, I've heard this story, no?

- I was driving, let's say I was driving.

- Okay.

- And I get a message from someone being like, oh,

I thought you used kilometers per hour.

I think I highlighted the dashboard--

- Okay. - With the speedometer.

And they were like-- - On Instagram stories?

- Yeah. - #FollowUsHere

- That's weird, follow us at these, these places.

- These addresses. - Addresses.

And they were like that's weird, like why are you using

miles per hour, is that an American car?

And I was like, are you joking?

Brits use miles per hour, like what are you on about?

- Yeah.

- And I realized it's 'cause Europe tends to be

kilometers per hour and so they obviously think

oh, you're part of Europe, you use that, but we don't,

we uses miles per hour.

- Yeah, it's like when an American asks you

like, how many kilometers away is that?

And I think they think they're trying to be

helpful to you-- - Yeah.

- And you're like, I really don't know kilometers.

- We don't do kilometers, all our signs--

- Especially not kilometers per hour.

- Are miles. - Yeah.

- Like it would say, London, 60 miles away.

- Yeah.

- Or it's like, going 60 miles per hour.

- Yeah.

- It's all miles, miles, miles, miles.

- I know what like driving at 10 miles per hour feels like.

- Yeah, whereas kilometers-- - 'Cause I'm a grandma.

- No idea.

- Kilometers per hour, I couldn't tell you.

- I noticed that recently I've been putting kilograms

on my Instagram because my-- - Oh yeah.

- Trainer is saying do it in kilograms,

but that's not normal, loads of people are like

oh, we Americans don't do kilograms,

it must be a Europe thing.

And I'm like, no, it's not even in the UK,

we tend to do stone or pounds.

- Oh, I quite like kg's.

- Do you? - Yeah.

- But what did you grow up learning, pounds?

- Stones. - Yeah, stones, then pounds.

So there's 14 pounds in a stone.

- Yeah.

- And that's what we use, whereas Americans I think

purely use pounds, they don't use stone.

- Oh, I have no idea how many pounds I am.

I think, 'cause when we were in that gym in America

it had one of those proper. - Oh, proper scales.

- And we went on YouTube where we were like how to use

a proper scale. (Joel laughs)

- All the viewers must just be like, you're so thick.

- Obviously you have to like move it

until the thing balances. - Yeah.

- But I just, I was like, but surely like

if your eyes are a bit off and that bit

is never gonna really look completely balanced.

- Yeah.

- And that's why, and you can lie to yourself as well,

you can be like, mm, I think that's my weight, because--

- Yeah.

- And then that just, I, I don't know.

- Yeah. - Anyway.

- It's confusing scale, like we don't know how to use that

as #millennials. - Millennials.

- We just like digital things.

- Yeah, I like to just stand on the scales

and be shown the number-- - Yeah.

- And I'm like that's what it is.

- Yeah. - But, yeah.

- But anyway, that was the first one,

we use miles per hour just like in America

and we use miles just like in America.

- Miles, yeah, so we're very similar.

- Very similar.

- So, the next misconception is about our monarchy,

the queen, and the royal family.

So the misconception is that the queen rules Britain,

but she doesn't-- - No.

- We have a Prime Minister who rules the country

and the queen is sort of here to look good.

- Yeah.

- No, she's here for kind of--

- Like ceremony, I love that you just aren't even

obviously like subtly like looking at her.

She's just here for ceremonial reasons,

like just to like all the pomp and the like Britishness.

- Yeah. - She's here for tourists.

Like that's literally what the royal family here for.

- And they do a cracking job. - They do a great job.

- And obviously they do their sort of royal duties,

no one really knows what they go and do,

but they do, they do really good stuff.

- They do.

They bring so much money into the country,

more money than they cost the taxpayer.

- Yeah.

- So anyone that complains about them being like,

oh, we're supporting people.

It's like no. - They're helping us.

- Like they're helping our country.

- Yeah. - Like most of--

- I'm such a big fan, I love them.

- Same.

But so many tourists, if you're not British

and you wanna come to the UK the chances are

you wanna come because you wanna see Buckingham Palace,

you wanna just like see all the like royally things,

all of the palaces. - Just, all of, yeah.

All of it, Windsor Castle. - Yeah.

- Go and see like St. Paul's Cathedral--

- Afternoon tea. - And all of that.

- Yeah. - Yeah.

But they do, they do actually, so the queen

can overrule something if she wants to.

- Yeah. - But they, they never do.

- Yeah, I think they have, a monarch hasn't done that

for like hundreds of years or something.

- Yeah.

- But technically they can be like, no, you can't pass

that law, but they can't actually like pass a law

themselves either. - No.

- Like the queen can go actually you know what,

I'm gonna make it illegal for you to have fun, like.

- No, she can't do that. - She can't do that at all.

- She can't do that, the Prime Minister can though.

- Yeah, the Prime Minister can, and Theresa May

probably would, let's be honest.

- Let's be honest. (laughs)

She probably would stop us having fun.

- Yeah, although she does run through fields of wheat,

so she is fun. - Yeah.

And she loves Abba. - Oh yeah.

- She loves it. - Awe, she's so sweet.

- She actually, she would have fun with us.

- Yeah, she would.

- She's just a clown. - She is, awe.

Good old Theresa.

- Good old Theresa. - Yeah.

- Will we get away with that in our contract

calling Theresa May a clown?

- Yeah. - Yeah, fine.

- Yeah, it's good behavior. (laughs)

Okay, the next misconception is that Britain is a country,

which I guess most people think that it is

and even I as a Brit will probably be like oh yeah,

Britain, like a country, but technically it's not,

it's a collection of countries,

'cause Britain is made up of Scotland, Northern Ireland,

England, and Wales. - Wales.

- Which Wales always gets forgotten, doesn't it?

- It does.

- Americans don't tend to know what Wales is.

- Yeah, do you guys go want to go to Wales.

- Honestly.

- Like you do go oh, let's go to Cardiff,

like let's go and have some fun in Wales.

- You should go, a great castle there, Cardiff Castle.

- Oh, I'd love to go. - Gorgeous, yeah.

- I've not been. - It's huge.

- We ought to do that. - Yeah, we should.

- Go on a near trip to Cardiff.

- We love Wales, I get sad when people overlook Wales,

'cause I'm like, it's such a, a really beautiful

and really cool country. - Don't leave Wales out.

- Please. - Yeah.

I don't know why, it just made me think of Brittany,

like stop picking on Brittany.

- Oh, leave Brittany alone. - Leave Brittany alone.

- Leave Brittany alone!

- Leave Wales alone!

- No, include Wales! - Include Wales!

- Please, okay.

Didn't Donald Trump say something where like he thought

the UK, unless it's probably bad territory,

'cause Trump made a mistake and he called Eng,

he thought England was the United Kingdom.

- Oh yeah, I remember that.

- And he, he said something like in an interview

and then, or was it Piers Morgan, like corrected him

or something. - Yeah.

- And then he was like oh yeah, I knew that, I knew that.

- Yeah, and it's like oh my gosh.

- And it was really funny 'cause everyone in the UK

was tweeting about it, like of course Donald Trump--

- The President of the United States like--

- Made that mistake, yeah.

- But then to be fair, like it is confusing.

You can call us the United Kingdom,

you can call us the British Isles, or Great Britain,

or just Britain, or England Island, Scotland, Wales,

or like Northern Ire, like there's so many different names

that make up different sort of territories of the UK

that it's just really confusing.

- The British Isles.

- The British Isles includes like the Republic of Ireland

whereas Britain doesn't include the Republic of Ireland.

- No, it doesn't. - It includes Northern Ireland

So it's just confusing, like the different words,

like no wonder people get confused.

But still, the President probably should've got that correct

especially as he is descended from Scotland.

- Oh yeah!

- I think his mom is Scottish.

- Scottish mom. - Scottish.

- Scottish Trumpy mum. (laughs)

Okay, the next one is that guns are illegal in the UK.

Well, it's only during this video that I've actually now

found out that they're not completely illegal in the UK.

- Yeah.

- You can actually get a gun, but you can't

actually get heavy duty automated weapons.

- Yeah.

So you can get air rifles like without a license

and we have one at my house.

- Do you? - Yeah, mm-hmm.

- Get that on the quiet, didn't you?

- I think I've spent about four years at shooting rats.

- No way.

- Yeah. - No.

- So and it's quite a powerful gun.

- That was in London?

- No, house at home in Hampshire.

- Oh, I was gonna say. - Not in London.

- You've got a gun in London.

- Yeah, that's like a massive like air rifle thing.

- Oh my gosh.

- You can get them from shops without a license.

- British YouTuber admits to having gun

at home to shoot rats! (laughs)

You would get the shite. - Such a rebel.

- Oh my god, okay, do you have it in the garage.

- But you can, so I'm gonna have to read this,

'cause I can't, but you can get semi-auto

or bolt action guns with a license,

so I don't know what that means, but that's like hunters,

farmers, anyone who needs those guns

can actually get them, but you have to have a license

and they have to be like locked away

when they're not being used.

So you can get guns in the UK, it's not like--

- They're not like completely illegal.

- They're completely illegal, it's just that there are

strong laws surrounding it that makes it really safe.

- Yeah, which is I think good practice, hopefully,

good example as well. - Yeah, hope so.

- A lot of countries, if they want to.

- Yeah. - Not gonna trigger anyone.

- No.

- But I can't believe that, that's so funny.

You're like we've got a gun at home.

- Yeah, we've got an air rifle.

I don't know where it is. - It must be in the garage.

- It used to be under our sofa in the conservatory.

- No way. - Yeah.

'Cause that's where me and my dad would like

open the windows go searching, like just like camp there

and like shoot the rats as they go go by.

- That's so fun. - So much fun.

- Oh my gosh.

- We only shot them, by the way, I'll get people triggered

being like oh my gosh, he shot the rat.

Because I had chickens, and when you get chickens

you get rats 'cause the rats like eating chicken food,

so we were like infested with rats in our garden.

- Oh no.

- So we just had to put out rat poison,

we set out traps. - Was it fun?

- And then drown the rats in there, and we had to shoot them

- Right.

- And I just had to get rid of them 'cause they aren't

getting to my chickens, 'cause they can kill your chickens

as well, they can give them diseases or like plague them.

- Oh no.

- And so I was like I'm doing this for you Mazie.

- Yeah, oh my gosh.

- Put a cap in your ass. (laughs)

And Oscar would join in and he'd chase--

- No!

- So obviously not when the gun was around

'cause we didn't wanna shoot Oscar,

but if Oscar saw a rat he'd like run after it

and once this rat climbed up the tree

and like ran across a branch and then the branch

was obviously really week, so it like dangled,

and the rat was like no, and Oscar was beneath it,

and it dropped, and Oscar like ran to get it,

but the rat was super fast and like ran under the shed.

But Oscar's great at catching rats.

- For context, that's Joel's dog.

- Oh yeah, sorry, not my little brother.

- Yeah, I imagine. (laughs)

My little brother Oscar was like, went underneath the tree.


- But yeah. - Wow.

That's, rats, can they go that fast?

- Oh yeah, rats are super fast.

- Even though they're fat and disgusting?

- Yeah.

And we have baby rats as well.

- So you've seen it all then. - I've seen it all.

- But do you, did you get a little flashlight, flashlight.

- Oh, we did it during the day.

- Oh, great.

- They're brave little blighters.

- Oh, are they?

- Yeah, they're out during the day.

- That brave little blusher. - Yeah.

- I'm just imagining you and your dog like

trying to get them. - So good.

And then we'd just have fun and like put some tin cans

and then just have a shoot at them.

- Oh really?

- I haven't done that for ages though.

- Oh wow, wow, you ought to sort of do that again

and film it. (laughs)

- But I think that will be quite surprising

to lots of Americans 'cause I think that the stereotype

is that in the UK everything's like all guns are illegal.

- Yeah, surprising to me. - Yeah.

- Yeah, I mean it's surprising, it's probably

surprising to them as well. - Yeah.

I guess it's not for me 'cause I've worked on a farm

so I've always been around guns and I know

that you can have them, but it's just very strict laws

around it. - Yeah.

- But yeah.

- Remember when we were in that supermarket in Walmart

and I thought that the food was ice cream.

- Oh yeah, that was bait. - Bait.

- Live bait.

It was like worms or locusts or something

and Lia was like ooh, ice cream, by the hunting,

that's unusual.

Oh what was that, ice cream and guns.

- I, I know, I did. (laughs)

- So good.

- I know, I did, and we were reading the comments,

and everyone was like when she thought that that was

ice cream, of course I just saw it and thought oh ice cream.

- I mean, I didn't think it, I was just like mm yeah.

- Yeah. - But yeah, you're crazy.

- It was fun, it helped with the comment section.

- Yes, it did. - That went very well.

- That was, it went really well.

- It went really well. (laughs)

- But let us know down in the comments if there are

any other things you think about the UK,

like what do you think about us,

we'll let you know if it's a misconception

or whether it's true.

- I'm trying to think of if I, if I know of any

that are like, oh that we all live,

that we all know the queen, obviously that's so not true.

- Oh yeah, it's not true.

- We'd love to meet the queen.

- That would be great, Lizzie, we'd love to meet Lizzie.

- But that's like a stereotype.

- Oh yeah, Lizzie. - Lizzie.

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We all wake up and drink like five cups of tea.

- [Joel] I mean, you probably do.

- [Lia] Yeah, I've been drinking a lot of tea lately.

- [Joel] That's not a miscon, that's a conception.

- [Lia] That is a conception.

- [Joel] It's not a misconception, that's a conception.

- [Lia] That we've all got bad teeth.

- [Joel] Yeah, that's a really bad misconception

'cause clearly look at us, our teeth are sparkling.

- [Lia] Well I could do with a clean, a deep clean.

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