Politeness in English

Ref : EL0041BH03

Theme : Everyday English

Contributor : Bill Horncastle

Bill Horncastle’s background is linguistics, his family is bilingual English - French, and he has taught in the private and public sector in the UK for the last 40 years. He understands the needs and priorities of many English learners from university students to business people.

Video Summary

How to be sufficiently friendly and polite in English

Learning Objectives

To note the importance and use, for friendliness / politeness, of..

  1. tags
  2. can
  3. negatives
  4. continuous verbs
  5. conditional verbs
  6. questions

Key Words

Friendly, polite, conditional verbs, questions, tags, negatives