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?




I don't believe that 'politeness' is just about throwing words in the air. such a politeness should be called 'politics'. We have an old proverb in Farsi which says: 'hundreds of words could not take the place of a single act.' Thus I think it could be far better if we try to act politely rather than say some senseless expressions.

I can't say anything about whether British people are polite or not, because neither I have been to Great Britain nor I have had a British friend so far. As for my country, people's politeness shows diversity according to the city where you live, even part of where you sit in the city where you live.
Kind regards.

Yes, Being polite is a very pleasant quality that anyone should possess, and I have heard most people in Britian are polite and people from our country are much polite as well, some impolite like everywhere in the world. But you can find people in big cities are actually polite with their helping mind to others but in country side people would seem to be more polite only in words in some places.

Hi there
I think Politeness is very important to anyone, it should be irrespective of age,job and etc,. that would highlight people and draw many towards them. I have never been to Britian but have heard about British polite and it's nice. So, Politeness in my country is great, our civilization is the oldest one in the world, Our language is one of the greatest language of all times and has numerous pleasant words to express politeness, However there are some people like everywhere both polite and impolite with their behavior.

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