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Have you ever been to England?

FrankFrank ModeratorPosts: 5,356 mod
edited December 2014 in Countries and Travel
Have you ever been to England or to another English speaking country?

This question is especially meant for New Members. If you are a beginner in English, you can give a short answer if you like. Try to make a complete sentence, not only answering yes or no.

If somebody else already gave the answer you had in mind, just answer the same thing. There isn't an answer right or wrong. It's all about learning English! Don't be afraid to make mistakes, you'll learn from them. Experienced members might look at your post and give you corrections on your grammar. This way, we all learn.

If you are a more experienced user of the English language, please tell us which places you've visited and what you have done there.
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  • I haven't been to England but it's my big dream to go there!
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0
    edited December 2014
    I've never been in England. I hope it will happen sometimes )))
  • fishmiconfishmicon Posts: 1
    edited December 2014
    I hope http://www.fifautc.co.uk it will happen sometimes
  • mahtabshamahtabsha Posts: 9
    no , I haven`t seen there but I hope to be there someday as a traveler
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    I visited my best friend in 2009. He lived in Slough by the time, so I could go to London and Oxford... And I enjoyed it so much :) London is a wonderful city; it's exciting how you can actually see what the English books' pictures show :) The Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Notting Hill, Camden Town, the National Gallery... And Oxford is a tale's city to study; I think everyone could feel in the mood of studying there, at any time :)

    I would like so much to return to wander in those beautiful places; moreover, I would like to go to other places in England, like Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester...

    Let's go to England!
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    Bonus correction @Learner‌:

    I visited my best friend in 2009. He lived in Slough at the time, so I could go to London and Oxford. And I enjoyed it so much :) London is a wonderful city; it's exciting how you can actually see what the English books pictures show :) The Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Notting Hill, Camden Town, the National Gallery. And Oxford is a fairy tale's city in which to study. I think everyone could feel in the mood of studying there, at any time :)

    I would like so much to return to wander in those beautiful places. Moreover, I would like to go to other places in England, like Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester...
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    Thank you very much, @mheredge :) I take notes :)
  • JasserJasser Posts: 1
    I never have been in england ? I plane to visit it in 2015.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have never been to England. Shame on me. :) Or perhaps I have in a way. I landed in a roof (NOT on a roof) of a building in Second-Life London. :) Not surprisingly, nobody wanted to fly with me afterwards.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    But don't confuse England with Britain @Xanthippe‌. England is just a part of Great Britain. :-)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Oh, of course, it is, @mheredge. It is just Polish way of thinking of you, deeply rooted in my mind. :)
    Or Lynne's bad influence on me. See: England prevails because I say it does. :) :) :)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    'England-prevails' video:
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    Which movie is this @Xanthippe‌? V for Vendetta? It seems familiar (maybe I've seen it). Fancy having a nose like Big Ben!
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes, this is 'V for Vendetta'. :) I have switched to Wilde's 'An Ideal Husband.' :) Less swearing. ;)
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    Apologies for cross-posting, but this is an interesting article about the experiences of several newcomers to the UK and their first Christmas there.

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/20/-sp-my-first-christmas-in-the-uk?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
  • Shayan_Shayan_ Posts: 12
    No I have not visited England..
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    Brrrr It seems that temperatures are set to plunge to minus 1 degree tomorrow night in London.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,356 mod
    Are you hoping for a White Christmas this time @mheredge?
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    The sun is shining and looks set to stay that way for a few days at least @lichaamstaal‌. I don't like snow much except to look a it from a distance.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,356 mod
    I think when people dream of a white Christmas actually they mean the outlook from a distance @mheredge. I suppose they don't mean they dream about muddling trough the sludgy snow.
  • I have never been there i wish i could one day
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    And when it comes, in Britain at least @lichaamstaal‌, they are never prepared and everything goes to pieces.

  • melva_vionamelva_viona Posts: 1
    No I haven't. but I hope someday I will able to go to there. I saw many picture of England and i like it. going to England is one of my dream, i wish it will happen someday, that's way i learn English.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    Has anyone been to England? Have you been there @lichaamstaal‌?

  • prhubanrajprhubanraj Posts: 2
    no,i haven't went there
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,356 mod
    Yes, I've been there twice @mheredge. But it's an awful time ago, so it's about time I go once again. However, up till now I haven't been able to convince my wife to go there. She doesn't like to go by boat, because she thinks she gets sick. We could go by plane, but I think the boat trip is part of the experience. Maybe I go with one or both of my boys ones.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    It's an easy run by ferry @lichaamstaal‌. But how about going by train via Brussels or Bruges? The Eurostar is pretty amazing and gets you straight into the centre of London.

    Watch out for the budget airlines, as they usually land at the airports well out of London like Luton or Stansted. This then means an hour or so on a train to get into London and can be quite costly too. The budget airlines are not so cheap either, now that they charge extra for almost everything.

    My most favourite way of travelling to the UK has to be by train. When I go to visit next year, I'm thinking that I'll fly to Paris and get the train from there to London after spending a few weeks in France.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 5,356 mod
    edited December 2014
    I like the ferry. I took the ferry from Hoek van Holland (Hook) both times overnight. I liked the atmosphere on the English boat. The moment you step on it, actually you have the feeling you are already in England. The first time I went to a friend who, at that time, worked in a hotel in Stratford upon Avon (Shakespeare's Birthplace). I stayed there for e couple of days. The second time I went to England I visited London with a girlfriend I had at that time.

    I think I don't want to go by train. Brussels is not very near by. Besides that, the train doesn't give me the feeling I travel to an island I think.
  • No, I haven't but I wish I could go there one day.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,052 mod
    Well there is the Channel Tunnel but as you don't see the fish swimming outside the windows, I suppose it's not quite the same @lichaamstaal‌. I love sleeping on overnight ferries. That said, the last time I went from Holland to the UK I had left the door to a shared cabin unlocked as I was expecting other passengers (women), but had a drunk guy stumble in during the middle of the night who had lost his way!
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