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How to be polite in English

Článek byl vydán 1. února 2017

I reshaped the text „How to be polite in English“ and tailored it for my students for every level of English. It’s always good to know the British manners within my English course. Students appreciated it and laughed.

How to be polite in English

How to be polite in English                                               .

Perhaps the most lasting stereotype of the British is that they are extremely polite and never really say what they mean.A common complaint from overseas is that Brits are incapable of expressing their feelings directly, particularly when those feelings are negative or may cause offence.Moreover, it often seems that polite phrases in English are used by Brits to convey hidden meanings, which are only intelligible to their compatriots.
However this causes many problems to foreigners who misinterpret the polite words.

used by Brits, both in personal and business situations.Many of the people including the native speakers from the USA say that their interactions with British people lead them to doubt their proficiency in the English language because they are simply confused!.

Indeed, this insistence upon hiding negative feelings or criticism behind seemingly positive polite expressions has caused so many difficulties abroad.Most of the expressions can be found in everyday conversation in Britain and as such may prove very useful.

What the British sayWhat the British meanWhat others understand
I hear what you sayI disagree and don’t want to discuss it furtherHe accepts my point of view
With the greatest respectYou are an idiotHe is listening to me
Quite goodA bit disappointingQuite good
I was a bit disappointedI am annoyed that…It doesn’t really matter
Very interestingThat is clearly nonsenseThey are impressed
I’ll bear it in mindI’ve forgotten it alreadyThey will probably do it
I am sure it’s my faultIt’s your faultWhy do they think it was their fault?
You must come for dinnerIt’s not an invitation.I’m just being polite.I will get an invitation soon.
I almost agreeI don’t agree at allWe will make an agreement
I only have a few minor commentsPlease rewrite it completelyHe has found a few typos
That is a very brave proposalYou are insaneHe thinks I have courage
That’s not badThat’s goodThat’s poor



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