Mastering the English language means not only learning grammar, expanding vocabulary, and practicing speaking. An important part of immersion in the language environment is to navigate the ethics of speech situations, not to lose sight of the cultural differences. If your goal is to make the impression of a well-mannered and pleasant person, take advantage of our tips.
What phrases should not be spoken in English?
- You are wrong ! - You're wrong! Alternative: I think you are mistaken. - I think you're wrong .
- I hate this film ! - I hate this movie! Hate is a verb I have a very bright emotional coloring: the British use it in an extremely emotional state, not to mention the film. Alternative: I am not very fond of this film . - I'm not a big fan of this movie.
- Your work is not good. - you badly worked . This may be true, but expressed in a rude manner. Better to say so as not to offend the person: I am not quite satisfied with this work . - I'm not very happy with this job.
- Send me a report. - Came to me report . Alternative: Could you send me a report? Could you send me a report?
- That is a bad idea. - This bad idea . That is to say - tactless, better: I am not sure that is a good idea . - I'm not sure if this is a good idea.
And here are some more tips on how to be known as a cultured person in a conversation with an Englishman:
- Do not doubt what the interlocutor is telling you, but be surprised by his words: Really? It's interesting! Unbelievable! Did you?
- Don't give a hint that you are not interested in listening to the person. The ability to listen is a great value.
- Even if you fail to share the other person's joy, do not overshadow their feelings. Say : it sounds good / interesting, it makes sense, you are lucky etc.
- Do not use abusive interjections common in American films: fuck, piss off, shit, crap .
- Don't start a conversation with familiarity. Use neutral a to address friend and a man, and a guy , fellow , old chap , pal use only in conversation with friends.