Tess and Ravi talk about politeness and Adam reads your comments about going to the cinema.

Tess & Ravi
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Do you think British people are polite or not? Tell us about your experiences – good or bad! And how about in your country? Do you think people in your country are polite or not?




Hello British Council Team.
I have a question when Ravi says: "I'm very polite, aren't I?"
I know tag questions are in the way:
"Do you..? Don't you?"
"Is he.. ? isn't he?"
Is it possible to say: "I'm very polite, am not I?"
Why is it "aren't"? It's a little confuse to me.
Thank you in advance.

Hello ejossue,

The reason we use 'aren't I' is simply that it is not possible to easily pronounce 'amn't I'! The language has evolved this way as an easier to say alternative.

It is possible to say 'am I not', but it is very formal and even archaic in modern English.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Oh! I got it now! Thank you so much Peter M.!!

Thank you very much ideed, Peter M.

Dear British Council.
Would you like tell a page where I have more explanation about polite language, please?

Hello anaisavecas,

I don't think we have any pages on politeness as a topic, but it is addressed in many places. For example, there is a discussion of politeness here. You can also use the search function to find pages which reference politeness.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

In my country, people always say "thank you" when the others help them and "please" when they want the others to help them.

Excume, I have a question: why Ravi says: < I’m very polite aren’t I?>
and why not

Would you mind explaining me, please.

Hello Edyanglo,

I suppose you're asking about 'aren't I?'. This is called a question tag, which is a very common feature of spoken British English. We have a page and a video that talk about how to use them. As you listen to more, I think you'll see they're very common.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

It depends on what region you are. I'm from Brazil and it's a very big country, most of people in my city are very polite...but as usual we don't say "thank you" "please" all the time