UK Culture: Manners

Did you know that manners are all about a reduction of violence between people? If you don't believe it, have a listen to this.

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Task 1

Decide if the statements are true or false.




Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I think the manners got worse in Brazil. A common example is in the subways, especially in big cities such as São Paulo. People are caring less about doing a row to enter the trains- instead of it, they shove each other into the wagons. Out of curiosity, in UK, are people more respectful and polite in the subway trains or is it just a famous stereotype?

I think that in my country manners have got worse a lot. I think that about work relationships, to student behavior against their teachers ,parents and among themself. Even drivers behaviors on the roads are worse. There is a big violence and few respect for laws anywhere. We need to return to bases:" please", "you are welcome"," sorry".

My listening was difficult. My ears are slow, the people interviewed speak very quickly. Anyway, thank you a lot. Let's go!

I cannot say that manners are getting worse but I can say that manners are changing, because things change, life changes. Everyone is accepting a lot of influences from worldwide, a great part of them include individual profit, prosperity for few, poverty for a large number of people, violence, exploitation. There are also good actions, people struggling hard to live with dignity, scientists who spend hours in labs to save people from illnesses. Many young people feel confused. Family is of great significance. Children are fortunate when they live in a family environment that estimates human values such as understanding the diversity, respect and solidarity.

Hi Dinaki!

I couldn't more agree with you. That's what I think too, about the "change" of manners nowadays. The influence of cultures from all over the world becomes the important reason why the young generation likely act improperly (if we compare to the old culture or habit in each country).

Broadly, people who live in the city might be lack of concern about manners. They are seems individualists, It also happened in my country, Indonesia. We'll have different perspective when we talk about the people who live in the village or suburb. They might be still has high concern on the use of good manners in daily lives. For instance, how to act to the elderly people (how to be polite, etc.). But then again, that's the stereotype.

Well, in this podcast most of the people the interviewer ask on the street agreed that the manners are getting worse in the UK. Additionally, most of the comments I noticed in here agreed on the same idea. So I think there is a "global" worsening of manners maybe because we're living in a very open world where the violent content is more accessible. Youth in my country are very affected by the media & movies which unfortunately use a violent or inappropriate content.

Hello! I think manners are getting worse in my country, Romania. In buses and trams young people are rude , they don't  give the sites to older people . And also people are cranky, they push you and don't know to say "excuse me" . The listening activity was difficult for me meaning to listen without transcript. Thank you British Council for those activites. By all!

Very interesting and useful. Thank you very much.

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