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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


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

I am know that most people in Britain are polite. In my country people enough polite, but of course there is also rude persons.

Hi everyone, as far as i know british people are very polite. Why is so? Because i've never met a rude british people in my life. I from Russia and working as concierge and i am talking often with foreigners among them british. They are really really polite, they use fixed expressions and it is really pleasant. I just can't be rude in relation to british people. I really love them, they are very responsive. But in Russia everything are opposite. When i am taking walk or just buying some things in shop, i am meeting often people which are unhappy their life, they are really rude and i hate this people but not are all. I wish you to be polite, happy and love each other.

Unfortunately I've never been in Britain so I can't say how polite British people are. But in any case in my country, I think, people less polite than in Britain. But may be it depends on region.

Hi Everyone
I don´t know if British people are polite or not because I´ve never ever been in England or even know an english people , but I do believe they are very polite , and I hope will go to London some day and discover it by myself .
In my country I think it is so so , it depends on the region you live and level of school you are , people are more or less polite . But I do believe it depends on you mainly to be polite first , because the other people normally respond in the same way . on another word if you want to be treaty in a polite way from world you must be polite too

I went to London one time and met people very pleasant. They helped me when I was lost. They were so patient trying to understand my english... So I think british people are polite and nice. Also, I saw many times people helping each other with suitcases or strollers in tube station.