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Episode 13

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?


Language level

Intermediate: B1


I have heard about british people, they are quite polite but i haven't met with them.

Hi, I think British people are very polite because all the British people I have ever seen in my life were polite In my country some of them are polite and some of the are not.

unfortunately,i never met withe British people but I think they are polite from the way of speaking. In my countrey Yemen the people are polite and humble most of them not all.

do you think people in your country are polite or not?
Hi guys!Here in Brazil most of the people are impolite unfortunelly.Wheter in public transportation or queue for something.I try to be polite to everyone who cross my way.

Here in Russia whether people polite or impolite depends on where they are from. In big cities like Moscow people are more rushing and businesses than in some town as well as everywhere in the world I guess. But if to tell in general here is really much more impolite and rude people.

Hi there!I have never been in England,unluckily and sort of haven't met British people in Europe. I'm living in Russia and i almost had not a chance to talk with British people. Only couple of times while we held World championship last year. They weren't polite too mush, just polite))
In my contry are a different people, polite and inpolite, rude and intelligent. Fortunately, most of them are polite and pleasant. I think anywhere are different people, but on the whole most of them quite polite, at least with strangers

I don't have any idea about politeness of british people, In fact I've never met any british person or heard anything about how polite they are, but in my country people are different, some of them are polite and some are impolite.
In my city people usually are angry and in rush. they are rude when they drive but they are polite when they are in an office, resturant, etc. However most of them are not polite specially when they use social media specially Instagram.

Hello everyone, I think British people are polite. I could see that when I read Sherlock Holmes and other novels. I like their behavior and communication. In my country, people are not polite more than British people. But it depends on your region, your degree, your job... And the most important is up to yourself.


I've got 100 per cent of the exercises correct as usual. But the exercise with the negative prefixes I've got only around 50 per cent right.

I've got two questions about the transcript:

1) "My Spanish friend said that when she first came to visit Britain, when she went to a café, she'd say 'A coffee' - not 'a coffee, please' because in Spain ..."

I can see that there is a contraction: 'she'd'. I believe that the 'd' stands for 'would'. I've looked up different meanings of would but no one of them is appropriate for this context. Could you write in other words what would stands for?

2) "There's following rules, for example when you eat in a particular way,..."

Isn't rules plural and there verb should be 'are'?

Thank you for your time.

Hello User_User,

1/ 'Would' here is used to describe typical behaviour in the past. It has a similar meaning to 'used to'.

2/ 'There's' refers to 'following rules' rather than just 'rules'. We would indeed say 'There are rules...', but here the meaning is 'Following rules is one example (of politeness).



The LearnEnglish Team