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Anonymous asked in TravelUnited KingdomCardiff · 2 years ago

What are the main differences between living in England (specifically London), and Wales?

I live in America and have always loved the UK and want to travel there. One thing that I ve always wondered was what are the main differences between living in England (specifically London), and Wales?

I d like to know the main differences within the categories below:

1. Geography

2. Laws

3. The people, who seems to be friendlier?

4. The accent

5. The food

6. Way of life

7. Technology

8. anything else you think is worth mentioning!

I open to all answers, but of course would appreciate the answers to be as in-depth as possible. Thanks!

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  • pmt853
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    You realise that Wales is an entire country, not just a city and that it contains a hugely diverse population and a vast range of environments from cities to wild mountains. We're so big that we're only some 2,000 square miles smaller than Denali National Park in Alaska.

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  • RR
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    1. Geography: London is a huge city. Wales is a mostly rural country.

    2. Laws : They are both subject to UK laws.

    3. The people, who seems to be friendlier? Generally, rural people are friendlier than city people everywhere.

    4. The accent : The Welsh accent is very different to London accents., Additionally, some Welsh people like to speak Welsh.

    5. The food. The same.

    6. Way of life London is faster paced than any other part of UK.

    7. Technology: Technology is the same throughout UK

    8. anything else you think is worth mentioning!

    There is no way to properly compare a city to a country.

    Wales is mostly rural and includes mountains. It does have towns and cities and like in them is different to rural Wales.

    Living in rural England is similar to living in rural Wales.

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  • Jon
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    1. Geography

    Asking to compare a city with a country is silly. Comparing Cardiff with London would make more sense.

    London is by definition urban and mainly fairly flat. Much of Wales is rural and is mainly hilly or mountainous.

    2. Laws The same.

    4. The accent

    Accents! I doubt an American would distinguish between different Welsh regional accents without a lot of practice.

    5. The food

    More variety in London than in most of Wales.

    6. Way of life

    Life in Cardiff will be more like London life than is life in, say, LLandrindod.

    7. Technology

    You may find fast broadband hard to obtain in parts of Wales

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    London is a big crowded city. Wales is very hilly so the people are more spread out. And the cost of living tends to be cheaper because London is more expensive than anywhere else, being the capital of the UK. Friendliness is also a function of "how big" - people tend to be more friendly in smaller places, and that's true pretty much everywhere.

    Laws are exactly the same. English law applies in Wales, and has done since Henry VIII annexed Wales around 480 years ago.

    The Welsh accent is extremely distinctive. It's very "sing-songy" like Swedish, and quite unlike anything else, though quite easy to understand. This comes from the fact that there is a Welsh language, very unrelated to English, and if a Welsh speaker speaks English, they'll naturally have that accent in English. Not surprisingly, everyone else from Wales sounds like that too even if they don't know any Welsh - only 10-20% of the Welsh population know it at all well. However, you will see Welsh all over the place because all public signs are required to be bilingual.

    And you can hear it on TV, particularly on Channel 4, which is called S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru) in Wales. One small mystery is why the apparent number of people who watch the soap opera "Pobol y Cwm" is more than can possibly understand it - are they all trying to learn Welsh and watching it for practice?

    Do not attempt to say any words in Welsh unless someone has shown you how first. The alphabet works very differently from how it does in English and you WILL get it wrong. For example, the familiar Welcome to Wales sign, "Croeso i Gymru", is pronounced "kroy-so ee gum-ree". You may notice words that appear to have no vowels in them, but once you realise that w and y are vowels in Welsh, they'll look more sensible.

    The weather tends to be wetter in Wales. British weather is dominated by an endless series of depressions (low pressure areas) coming in from the Atlantic, those bring rain, and naturally they'll drop a lot of the water on the west of the British Isles first.

    There are a few regional foods, and Wales is famous for lamb, but otherwise food is the same as the rest of the UK. And that's all the differences worth remarking on.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    London is the most expensive place to live in in the UK. Therefore Wales is cheaper. It would depend on where in Wales you want to live - city, countryside, halfway up a mountain etc.

    Just into Wales across the Severn Bridge it is also fairly expensive, since some Bristol workers live there.

    Again, in your 8 categories, it would depend where in Wales you want to live as to how much each category would affect you. In the UK in general things can be very different within a few dozen miles - but we do all drive on the left.

    Make sure you have all the relevant visas and permits to live in the UK before you travel.

    • Clive
      Lv 7
      2 years agoReport

      The question didn't ask about living in the UK, only visiting it, and Americans don't need a visa for that.

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  • 2 years ago

    London is a large multicultural city - and unlike a lot of the rest of England.

    Wales again is a country, in which there are cities and villages. Where in Wales are you looking to compare to London?

    There are many differences between towns, villages, farms, cities etc - which aren't just down to country.

    England has many accents; Wales has variations too.

    Basically your question is too vague.

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  • 2 years ago

    London is a huge city. Much of Wales is rural, hilly and mountainous with a devastatingly beautiful landscape.

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  • 2 years ago

    London is extremely congested and prices are much higher than other parts of the UK.

    Wales is fairly rural, farmland with villages and more moderate sized towns and cities.

    The way of life matches the respective environment, rather than being specific to the country - a rural area in England would be little different to rural Wales.

    The most obvious thing you will notice are the different accents in different regions - and signs in Wales having both English and Welsh language version of the information on them.

    eg.

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/media/images/752...

    http://c8.alamy.com/comp/DBTHP6/bi-lingual-english...

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  • Orla C
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    Wales has more than an accent, it has a language, which is Welsh, and many people speak it.

    • Mercury
      Lv 7
      2 years agoReport

      About 10% speak Welsh.

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  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    None, except that it rains more in Wales., and there are more sheep than in London.

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