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Learn English in Downton Abbey

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Since the first time it was broadcasted in 2010, Downtown Abbey has become one of the most beloved and awarded series in the UK. 

The British and American costume drama television series tells a story of Robert Crawley (played by Hugh Bonneville), the Earl of Grantham and his family – wife Cora, their three daughters – Mary, Edith and Sybil, as well as Earl’s conservative mother Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith). The aristocrats live in a beautiful country estate – Downton Abbey – together with servants, whose lives and destinies are intertwined with theirs. Actually, the struggles of the staff often come to the fore. 

The story begins on the day when newspapers report on the Titanic sinking (in April 1912), which has a significant effect on the lives of the aristocratic family, as the heir to the title estate, who was about to marry the eldest daughter Mary, dies during the catastrophe. 

What makes the series so interesting is the fact that we can see the daily routines of the stately home inhabitants from both – the aristocrats’ and servants’ perspectives. The relationships and interactions between them are some of the most intriguing aspects of the series. 

The show is not only highly entertaining, but can also serve as a great resource for all English learners, who enjoy listening to the beautiful British accent and are eager to learn it. Every episode, which is about 40 minutes long, is full of intrigues and dialogues that surely are a rich source of new English vocabulary. What’s more, the attention to detail and historical accuracy of the creators of Downton Abbey, not only give us an idea of the realities and social changes taking place at that period, but also allow us to travel in time for a moment.

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