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A Really British Guide to English (Second Edition) - Digital Book

A Really British Guide to English (Second Edition) - Digital Book

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This is an all-you-need-to-know guide to the language and culture of the United Kingdom. Inside, you'll find a huge A-Z dictionary of modern British English words and phrases. We then help you untangle those crazy British accents that you've heard but never understood. Once we've dealt with the language, it's time for a little culture. From the unspoken rules of British pubs to our most famous TV catchphrases, we shine a light on what makes this country tick. So, whether you're a language lover, a tea enthusiast, a Premier League football fan or simply someone who loves all things British, this is the book for you.

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What's inside the Book?

A 300+ page digital book titled ‘A Really British Guide to English’ (Second Edition). 


  • A one hundred and forty page A-Z dictionary of British English words and phrases. It includes regional variations and slang terms. 
  • Sections on Cockney rhyming slang and modern London slang.
  • A guide to British accents with a deep dive into six of the most predominant. 
  • A section on British vs World Englishes with a focus on USA and Australian vocabulary differences. 
  • The best British TV shows to learn English

+  loads of practice exercises and a quiz. 


  • A guide to British food and drink.
  • A section on the must-know public figures in the UK.
  • 8 events that have shaped modern Britain.
  • Great British TV catchphrases.
  • A guide to all the big sporting and cultural events that take place in the UK. 

+  lots more.

Here are some of the chapters...

  • A-Z of British vocabulary

    Get to know your ‘cuppas’ from your ‘brews’ and your ‘Billy no-mates’ from your ‘Bob’s your uncles’ with this handy A-Z of all things British. We’ll have you speaking like a local in no time.

  • What Brits say and what they actually mean

    Brits are renowned for not saying what they actually mean, so this little guide is intended to help you navigate the most common phrases. You’ll soon be an expert in speaking British.

  • Cockney rhyming slang

    Get to grips with London’s traditional rhyming slang so that you can tell someone ‘You’re having a bubble!’ Once you get your head round it, you’ll have so much fun.

  • Modern London slang

    Discover what the youth of the capital are saying with this guide to contemporary London street slang. Never let it be said that ESD doesn’t provide the freshest modern English for you guys.

  • A short guide to the best British food and drink

    From Sunday roasts to deep-fried Mars bars, we take a look at what’s on the plates of Brits up and down the country. Be warned: this section might make you hungry.

  • Tom’s favourite British TV shows to learn English

    Whether you love Sherlock or Peaky Blinders, TV shows are one of the best ways to learn about a nation’s language and culture. We’ll give you Britain’s best and explain how each show can help you learn English.

  • British vs American vs Australian English differences

    A list of over 100 words that are different in British and American English. And a list of the most common differences between British and Australian English.

  • Tom’s must-know British cultural events

    From great music festivals to enormous street parades, Britain is a hotbed of cultural events throughout the year. We round up the very best for you, so that you can come and experience them for yourself.

  • British Accents

    Ranging from RP to Geordie, we breakdown six British English accents and their main pronunciation features. So that if you want to speak like the King or David Beckham, this section has got you covered.

What's new in the second edition?

  • Hundreds of new words and phrases added to the A-Z dictionary
  • Full IPA phonetic script + stress marks for every word
  • Updated facts, names and information for 2023
  • New section on British vs Australian English
  • New section '8 events that shaped modern Britain'
  • New essay 'The Great British Divides' 
  • New section on World English- Geordie accent analysis added to British Accents section

+ plus so much more! 

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
B. Saward
Bloody brilliant

I love every bit of it. Worth the money!

Nancy Kennedy
Just Brilliant!

Just received my book today and I LOVE it! Being an American secondary English teacher and noted Anglophile, I do indeed Eat, Sleep, and Dream English. I am a huge fan of Tom and I find him so charming-he must have been a fabulous teacher. He is funny, insightful and kind. His book has helpful tips about the language. I think he must be helping many folks around the world to learn this crazy language that we share. I'm not sure if anyone here has seen the episode of the American television show, "Frasier," when the main character starts to hang out at a local pub in Seattle that caters to British expats. He begins to use all the British expressions: "Hold the lift!" and others. It's a riot and my family says it is like me. I am the Chair of my department and I've asked my staff to call me "Guv." I have used some of Tom's videos in my English and Speech classes at the high school where I teach. Thank you, Teacher Tom, for all the good you do!

Rosana Ruiz-Fernandez
This book is great

I bought the PDF version first and the physical version as soon as it was in pre-order. It's an invaluable book for a foreigner who wants to dive in deeper into British English. It's also very fun to show and discuss with British people who usually start making their own examples and having loads of fun sharing their version of the words and expressions 😂


A Really British Guide to English (Second Edition) - Digital Book

Line T.
So interesting!

Such a good book! This book is very complete and so informative. A lot of interesting tips too. I highly recommend it!

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