Do Be Polite

  1. Dress neatly and smartly.
  2. Speak politely.
  3. Be self-disciplined.
  4. Have a sense of humour.
  5. Greet one another with a smile.
  6. Say 'Hello' ,’Hi' in informal situations.
  7. Say "Good morning", "How do you do" In formal situations.
  8. Use the 'affectionate' names in family: dear, dearie, flower, love, chick, honey or treacle.
  9. Take a gift for the host and hostess: bottle of wine, bunch of flowers or chocolates.
  10. Send thank you notes for invitations.
  11. Eat with fork in the left hand and a knife in the right.
  12. Do stand in line.
  13. Wait patiently for your turn boarding a bus.
  14. Never push in front in queues.
  15. Take your hat off when you go indoors (men only).
  16. Say "Excuse Me": If someone is blocking your way and you would like them to move, say excuse me and they will move out of your way.
  17. Pay for drinks as you order them in pubs and other types of bars.
  18. Say "Please" and "Thank you".
  19. Cover your mouth with your hand when yawning or coughing.
  20. Shake people’s right hand with your own right hand if you are first introduced to someone.
  21. If you accidentally bump into someone, say "Sorry".
  22. Drive on the left side of the road.
  23. Open doors for either a man or a woman.
  24. Do not greet people with a kiss.
  25. Kiss people who are close friends and relatives.
  26. Avoid talking loudly in public.
  27. Do not stare at anyone in public.
  28. Respect others’ privacy.
  29. Do not ask a lady her age.
  30. It is considered impolite to ask a lady her age.
  31. Do not pick your nose in public.
  32. If your nostrils need de-bugging, use a handkerchief.
  33. Avoid doing gestures such as backslapping and hugging. This is only done among close friends.
  34. Do not spit.
  35. Do not burp in public.
  36. Cover your mouth with your hand when you burp and say "Excuse me" afterwards.
  37. Do not pass wind in public.
  38. Do not speak with your mouth full of food.
  39. Do not ask personal or intimate questions.
  40. Please do not ask questions such as "How much money do you earn?" "How much do you weigh?" or "Why aren't you married?".
  41. Never eat off a knife when having a meal.

German Version

These pieces of advice can be used in our lessons to work on imperatives and for discussion.