So tell me, the north and south in England are very different from each other, (uhuh) Is it the same in Germany?

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J     So tell me, the north and south in England are very different from each other. (uhuh) Is it the same in Germany?

T     Yes, absolutely.

J     In what ways?

T     Well, the north is more industrial, erm, especially the Ruhrgebiet, and erm, I would say more cosmopolitan, (uhuh). Cities like Hamburg, Berlin and so forth are more international. The south is more rural and more agricultural, and the cities are smaller,or tend to be smaller than in the north. We have fewer big cities there (uhuh) and erm, the climate is different as well.

J     Right.

T     Erm, for example, the north is, erm, wetter and more moderate, whereas the south is more extreme. It’s continental climate, so in the summer, it’s hotter, and in the winter it’s colder.

J     Right.

J     So, so, er, what about the countryside in that case?

T     Well, the north is flatter, er, a bit like Holland, erm, I mean, there is a bit of some hills and things, but it’s not very dramatic. The south has a much more dramatic landscape; you have the mountains and the lakes, and so if you want to see nature (hmm) , I recommend the south.

J     Great. And what about the people?

T     Well, I would say in the north, they’re livelier, because there (are) many cosmopolitan cities, and in the south, they’re perhaps a bit more, more relaxed and laid back. (Uhuh).


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E     Lynne, I often hear about this divide between north and south in England. What are the differences between the north and the south?

L     Well, the weather – I think there’s a big difference there (uhuh), erm, I think the north is probably wetter, and probably a little cooler as well, whereas in the south, it does rain obviously, because, well, it’s England, but it, it, rains a little less, I would say.

E     What about the people? Are they different?

L     Well, now, people say that er, in the north it’s much friendlier, and I think that probably is true. It takes longer to get to know people in the south, perhaps.

E     Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard that. Erm, what about the cost of living?

L     Well, I think the north is definitely cheaper there, er, if you want to buy a house, it’s much cheaper (uhuh). I think things like food and just the general cost of living I think is, is cheaper in the north.

E     I think of London and the south, erm, is it more cosmopolitan in the south?

L     Well, London is certainly very cosmopolitan, but there are other cities in the north of England as well, like Manchester or Leeds or Liverpool, that are also now very cosmopolitan and and have become very interesting cities.

E     Uhuh.


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Good evening – well, it’s been a mixed day today, but let’s have a look at the forecast for the next twenty-four hours. First of all, for tonight, it’s going to be very cold indeed in the north, and after today’s rain, it might be icy on the roads, so motorists will need to drive very carefully.

Further south, it will be warmer, but there will be some rain during the night.

Er, now, on to tomorrow morning – the rain in the south will move away quite quickly, and in most parts it will probably be warmer than today with some sunshine. Er, temperatures will rise to about 16 degrees in the south, and perhaps 14 in the west, where it’s going to be a bit windy.

Er, it will stay cold in the north, with temperatures around 8 degrees, but it will be sunny along the north-east coast, so it’ll probably be quite pleasant.

Er, but the good news is that in the next two or three days, we’re going to see warmer and drier weather with some sunshine in all areas.

And now, back to the news desk …

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