The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England

The Olympics are upon us!  And I am finding some great videos throughout the internet that explain somethings about the United Kingdom that many of us Yanks don’t quite understand….  and this is absolutely one of them!  What IS the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England?  Well this is a very clever video that helps explain the history and how it works.  The video is by CPG Grey, a great youtuber!  We will be showing a couple more in due time!

Also, don’t forget… we are still in the middle of the Languages of Europe series!  We’ll take any help we can get on translating the languages we are still working on!  We want the translations to be as good as possible before we post them (so that’s why the posts seem a bit sporadic).

Check out the languages series here!

8 Responses to “The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England”
  1. As someone who considers myself English, British or European depending on my mood (or the winning team – please note; Scotland and Ireland become a lot more British once England has been knocked out of any sporting event) I found this very useful 🙂
    If you’re covering European languages, I hope you remember to include ALL the languages spoken within the whole British Isles – including Cornish?!

    • Haha i’d be more than happy to but i may need some help

      • Hmm, this is probably not an exhaustive list but you have Welsh (prominent and widely spoken), Irish Gaelic (mostly in Ireland but some spoken in Northern Ireland), Scottish Gaelic (widespread), Cornish (not that widely spoken, but growing.The alternative name for Cornwall is Kernow, they, too, would like their independence. ), I think there’s a Scots and an Ulster Scots, Manx Gaelic (Isle of Man, dunno who speaks it), and probably some languages special to the Channel Islands. I won’t be able to help you with any of them, as an imperialist English oppressor I only speak English. Just a bit slower and louder when I’m abroad 🙂

  2. I remember an english man stating at a business meeting in Belfast how they did things over in the UK. Couldn’t offend those people more – the UK is the title that includes the North of Ireland. It took a person from the South to take him aside during a break and explain the error. I also told him not to drink the tea they had given him. Things went smoother after that. Some shops in England have difficulty taking NI or Scottish printed money – though it is legal tender. Well done on the post.

    • That’s very interesting. It seems like the british isles have a long and complicated history that is difficult for anyone to full understand. I didn’t even think about differences in printed currencies between those countries, but that would make sense.

  3. Very good! Bet you’re all just as confused (if not more) now!

  4. Ashley says:

    Ah! This is so helpful!! That guy did a great job with the video!

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