Learning British English "Common Superstitions in Britain"

This is the first in a series of British English "Culture Classes". Find more British English lessons on http:british.doingenglish.com. Hi, Julian here. To…

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  1. joyfulvov /

    I’m Korean.
    If you whistle at night in Korea, most of elder peple will say like this. "Don’t whistle at night. If you don’t, snake will appear!"

  2. Doing English with Julian /

    Really? I’ve never heard that before!!

  3. Logan Nelson /

    In america if you itch your left hand, riches are coming!
    And if you itch your right one, you will lose money!X_X

  4. Logan Nelson /

    I’m american.
    Is seeing it in Britain good luck even when your american?
    Like if you see it in america:
    ~ smileyswelove/767/ ~
    And in Britain:
    ~ smileyswelove/822/ ~

  5. Mecklybver /

    In Spain the unlucky day is Tuesday the 13th and we touch on wood when someone who says something terrible especially death events (oh, he is getting on a bit, he has his days counted) then we touch on wood so it does not happen. Some people believe rabbit legs are lucky as wearing a wooden thing is. to spill salt is unlucky and to counter it we trow some salt over our shoulders. I am glad people can get as silly overseas as here. 😛

  6. seguogatti /

    In Italy the unlucky day is friday 17 (venerdi 17)

  7. Doing English with Julian /

    I heard this for the first time!
    … I always sleep with the fan on D=

  8. Doing English with Julian /

    Oh really? Japan has many black butterflies! D=

    Reading all the comments to this video, I’ve been really surprised by how many countries have the same superstitions!

  9. Dul Gro. /

    I can’t believe it! The superstitions in Mexico are exactly the same as in UK. In addition to this, I share with you, some people in Mexico think that if they see a black butterfly they might die soon.

  10. tram nguyễn thị minh /

    the same thing here in Viet Nam about the mirror, and also if you meet the wedding that means you’ll be unlucky and reverse if you meet the funeral that means you’ll be lucky

  11. khj4473 /

    In korea we have superstition that is very well knowned by other conturies..if you turn on the fan during you slept make you die.it is very nonsense but plenty of people now believe this superstition.that’s very ridiculouse lol

  12. Doing English with Julian /

    4 is the same in Japan, because it’s pronounced "shi" which is the same as the word for "death". Also "9", because it’s pronounced "ku", the same as "torture" or "pain".

    … maybe the reason is the same in Taiwan and China?

  13. Joy Rao /

    Don’t break a mirror and open an umbrella in house in Taiwan.XD
    By the way, meeting a cat also is thought of as unlucky here!
    Unlike yours, 4 here is condered death. It is common in China as well.
    Because it’s pronounced like that word.
    There are a lot of superstitions here unsaid. But I’m lazyXD
    Thanks for making a good video.

  14. Riadh Kroos /

    hahaha we shouldn’t believe it

  15. Doing English with Julian /

    We also make wishes when we see falling stars in the UK!

  16. Doing English with Julian /

    … I always crack my knuckles when I’m thinking … I must stop doing it!

  17. Doing English with Julian /

    That’s interesting. Japan doesn’t have that superstition – so my family always opens and dries their umbrellas in the house! >_<

  18. Doing English with Julian /

    Wow, it’s very similar!

  19. Doing English with Julian /

    I think I’ve heard of knocking on wood three times for luck before. Spitting over one’s shoulder is new to me, though.

  20. Doing English with Julian /

    My friend in the UK also has a beautiful black cat. I’m sure she only brings good luck, too ^^

  21. Doing English with Julian /

    I think many do. Especially older generations. My grandmother was really superstitious. She always used to say "touch wood".

  22. Doing English with Julian /

    I’m very surprised to hear that "touch wood" is used in Egypt and India (someone else’s comment). Maybe there is a common origin.

  23. Doing English with Julian /

    Maybe… I’m not sure, though.

  24. Doing English with Julian /

    Oh really? People also say "touch wood" in India? That surprises me!  My grandmother was very superstitions and used to say it a lot!

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