I spent two weeks in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is a unique country made up of four different nations, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. The first week I was in Wales and the second week I was in England!
The UK is covered in high ground, knife edged mountain ridges separated by deep valleys. This terrain was shaped in the last Ice Age, when thick glaciers covered the land. In the south of England, the countryside is mostly rolling hills.
About 5000 years ago, the center of the UK was covered with thick forests. Thousands of years ago, these woodlands were cleared by ancient farmers, and today only about 10 percent of the land is forest.
Wales is a very beautiful place, there are lots of green rolling hills speckled with lots of sheep. It is one of the wettest countries in Europe.
Wales has its own language and it sounds very funny. All the letters are the same as English, they’ve just scrambled them up! Here are a few examples:
bore da: good morning
dydd da: good day
prynhawn da: good afternoon
noswaith dda: good evening
nos da: good night
sut mae?: how are you?
Can you think of an author from England?
There is something special happening in England this summer. Do you know what it is? What city is it in?