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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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Leave a comment below!

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, everybody. I'm happy with you.

Hi everyone.
I'm from Madagascar and it's my first comment on British Council. 
Malagasy people are very polite and respectful. It's a part of our culture especially when we need help or speak with an older people or foreigners or someone who is in charge of you (your manager, your teacher ...).
But I'm not sure that Malagasy people are more polite than the other countries when we refer to things like taking a bus or other usual habits. It depends on our education.

Hi everybody, I met a British guy a couple of months ago, and I wouldn't say He was extremely polite, but He wasn't rude at all. I have never been to UK so I can not generalize. But of course I can talk to you about my country, Mexico. I do not know if people around the world  consider Mexicans as polite people, I think there are moments when we are polite, and of course the concept of politeness depends on the culture. We say please and thank you a lot too, we also shake hands and kiss on the cheek when we meet people, when we say Hello it should alson be accompanied with a kiss on the cheek and also when we say good bye, and it is considered impolite if a man on the bus doesn't give the sit to a woman. When waiting for the bus, women are offered to go to the front of the line. or when we are in an informal meeting with unknown people and we want to talk about our house, people often say - In my house, which is your house, this thing happened- . children are encouraged to say please and thank you and it is not allowed or considered good manners to say what? when somebody ask you something.   

Hello! I think British people are really polite, the way they talk, the way they write, the queue...That sort of thing makes me think British people have good manners.
I agreed with Tess when she said that capital cities are often very different from the rest of the country and I think in my country people are more polite in Medellin than in Bogota.
I'm from Colombia and I live in Bogota (capital city). Sometimes, when I go to work by Transmilenio (a sort of public transport), people don't respect the queue to get in the bus, some people push the other to enter, they used bad words and they fight each other; that's a little bit stressy but I always try to keep calm. However, not all is like that.
Thanks and have a nice day!

I am Manik, I am very happy listen to the whole podcast. I want to listen another topic, history, drama series and other activities from the British Council and I also improve my English Speaking. I need a Partner for conversation.

hi Manik,
I am are you.i also like to improve my english speaking.but i haven't a partner like you.there are lots of speakers in the internet site.i tired every site.but it was awful.i couldn't find a good guy in that is horrible actually.after i decided to talk to's better i think and quit funny actually.but it is difficult to do.ok then have a nice day.bye.

Hi Nisha,
I'm sorry to hear that you had problems finding good people to talk to on other web sites. We want to have a facility on LearnEnglish to enable users to get in touch with each other to practise their speaking. Why was it hard for you to find partners? If I know about the problems on other sites, I can try to find ways to avoid them on LearnEnglish.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Adam,
Thanks for your replying. you were right.could you tell me  how  to improve my listing skill. i listen very carefully but sometime can not understand what they say because sentence is longer. i am listing every podcast on the British council.i love it.i learned lots of stuff in podcast.please give me some will be helpful for me.i am looking forward to it.

Hi Nisha,
Have you seen the advice on the 'while you listen' tab of this page? It explains some ways you can make it easier or harder to listen to the podcast. Longer sentences will always be harder than shorter ones, so read the transcript carefully and then listen again.
Could you tell me more about the problems you had finding people to talk to on other sites?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team