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21 Things All Eastern European Brits Understand

You must always wear slippers indoors.

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1. If your first language isn't English, you probably grew up with an accent, which you hated having.

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2. And then as you grew older it disappeared and you started to miss it.

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3. Because now you have to put up with weird looks from people when you unexpectedly switch from your perfect English to a totally different language when speaking to your parents.

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4. Every birthday meant spending several hours on the phone receiving a very, very long list of wishes from every single relative you have.

5. You were always the most warmly dressed kid.

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6. Every lunchtime would get you funny looks.

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Because your mum would give you hearty salads instead of floppy ham sandwiches and crisps.

7. There is probably at least one Polski Sklep you regularily went to.

To get your weekly supply of pryaniki.
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To get your weekly supply of pryaniki.

8. You're used to people generally not differentiating between all the many nationalities "Eastern European" entails.

Warsaw is as close to London as it is to Moscow, but sure, yeah, Polish and Russian cultures are interchangeable, right?
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Warsaw is as close to London as it is to Moscow, but sure, yeah, Polish and Russian cultures are interchangeable, right?

9. But you get really excited if you meet someone with a similar background.

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It's enough to base your entire friendship on.

10. During the Olympics you will cheer either for the British team or the one of your home country, whoever is most likely to win.

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The important thing is that they're having fun.

11. And same for Eurovision.

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Which you secretly take very, very seriously.

12. You have to debunk stereotypes for each nation.

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No, vodka doesn't run on tap.

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13. You feel sorry for your S.O. when they have to meet your parents.

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It's more of an interrogation than a casual lunch.

14. But you're always grateful that your parents will always be honest and straightforward with what they think.

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For better or for worse, there is never any sugar-coating.

15. Your British friends were a little weirded out when made to take off their shoes and put on some special ~guest slippers~ when they came over to your house.

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16. And you're always a little taken aback when you're not expected to take off your shoes when you go over to someone else's house.

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17. Your mother insists that sitting on cold surfaces, or not wearing slippers indoors, will freeze your ovaries and render you infertile.

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18. Sitting near a draft is also basically a death sentence.

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19. You've definitely had someone ask if you're a spy at least once.

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20. But you really enjoy having two passports.

Because they make you feel like the spy you were suspected of being.
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Because they make you feel like the spy you were suspected of being.

21. You're grateful that you get to claim two cultures as your own.

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