Useful language to sound polite in English

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In this episode, Christina and Matthew talk about:

  • how being direct can be perceived as being rude
  • expressions used to sound polite
  • in what situations we should try to be more polite

The extra mile (useful English vocabulary you'll hear in the podcast):

  • pushy = excessively or unpleasantly self-assertive or ambitious
  • to neglect = to fail to care for properly
  • a rule of thumb = a broadly accurate guide or principle, based on experience or practice rather than theory

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Christina:

Hey, everybody, Christina here with your Faster Fluency Conversation Club podcast. That is not the easiest title to say, but that's okay. I hope you're all doing well. And I'm here with Matthew today and Matthew, how are you doing today?

Matthew:

Oh, well, as we were just discussing a little bit before, I think good.

Christina:

Good, given the situation.

Matthew:

Yeah. As many people in FFCC know, I've been having problems with my electricity and my internet.

Christina:

Yes.

Matthew:

Yeah. It's been an adventurous week and a half or so, but I think everything is good now, I hope. Fingers crossed.

Christina:

It's good enough for us to be recording this podcast...

Matthew:

That's right.

Christina:

Hopefully it'll stay that way, but...

Matthew:

That's right.

Christina:

No, good to have you back. All right. Today we're talking about useful language to sound polite in English, because I don't know if you've noticed this in working with students either in their lessons or in emails or messages or things like that. Sometimes when you're using English as your other language, second or third or fourth, even, but as a foreign language, I kind of feel like sometimes people, maybe they don't know what should I say to be polite or they're maybe not just not aware of the impact of when you're being very direct in English that it can actually come across as maybe too direct or rude or pushy or things like that. And I don't think it's their intention, I just think it's maybe they don't know how to do it, how to be polite or even what are, I would say, the conventions for being polite in English. I don't know if you've had that experience.

Matthew:

Oh, of course. All of the

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