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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 am certain, that there are lots of polite and helpful people in the world, but I am afraid not everyone is like that. We need to remember that using words which are treat as polite is not the statement that somebody is friendly, polite and helpful, sometimes it's just a misleading and on purpose used by someone to hide his true nature. Personally I've met a lot of persons in my live who surely are polite but unfortunatelly I have some bad experience too. I strive to be polite in my live and I remember about the saying "kindness creates more kindness".

Hello to everyone!!! I m Massimo from Italy,
I can tell all you that I hava been in UK twice, once in London and once in Brighton (souther part of UK), nice place. I can say that in both places people were kind an polite to me. Expecially in Brighton people were very helpful, expecially my host family. In London people were more closed and reserveted (I think in all big cities like London) , but it doesn't mean that they were impolite. For sure I 'd go  back there for two weeks again. Wonderful !!!!! 

I don't know if English people is polite but I'm sure they're very nice. Currently, i live in Dakar/Senegal. Senegalese people is really polite. But it's necessary to live with them to understand their habits. their politeness is in the behavior and no by the words, for example give way to an older person on the bus

Hi everybody . firstly i'd like to thank Tess and Ravi personally for the broadcasts and  i hope can be involve with  all .i'm sooooo curious to be advanced speaker .  

hello everyone I'm so glad to be member in this site .I try to improve my English language,so I like English and I'm interested by your program.thanks a lot.

hi, I don't know how I can print the prod cast

Hi, maroa
just i found the answers, click the:-
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best regards

Hi Maroa,
If you click on 'instructions & downloads' towards the top of the page, you will see printable pdfs of the transcript and exercises.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you . realy thank you Adam

Hi every one and Happy new year
I'm ariyan,from iran,but live in my opinion british people are very polite,because I meet some of them here that they were very friendly and respect another people,for example;my son's teacher is british,and she is like this,it means,when one time I took my son late to the class and I explained that:my clock went off and...she told me:ok,thank you for your honesty and,when I ask about my son and his lesson,she tanks me about this while in my country it's not needed,but when she acts like this with me,I'll be happy. she always says parents hello and greeting before them,and always help small children modestly.
in my country,we use polite words in our words,and help together,but we are not as good as western people,I think in middle east many people are like this,maybe it relates to not have peace in this this area people more selfish than western people.I think when people read books more and more and think about them and they don't have prejudice about everything they can understand another people and they regard to them more.
and another thing that I wanted to mention it ,it was that before I thought British people are arrogant,but when I met them I found it's not true.
thank you so much Adam,Tess and Ravi,I'm very happy to meet you.
best regards