Talk about Manners: Do Manners Matter?
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Manners are part of the social etiquette of all cultures. In each society, there are different things that are considered polite or rude and different ways that we show consideration or disdain for others. Something that may be very polite in one culture may be very rude in another. Manners are associated with many important daily activities such as how we eat, how we relate to our families and how we work and conduct business.

Do we consider ourselves to be polite? Are people in 21st-century society polite? How much does politeness need to be taught in families and society?

It is interesting to hear how different cultures express politeness and respect, or rudeness and disrespect and to consider how we are perceived by those who visit our countries. This is a topic that provides insight into other cultures and a greater understanding of your own.

Questions we might discuss are:

  • Do you think people in the UK are polite or rude? Please give examples of experiences you have had.
  • Is there anything about British manners that you do not understand or find amusing? Are any British manners offensive in your own culture?
  • Do you think people in your own country are generally polite or rude?
  • Do you think people have become more or less polite in recent years? Please give examples.
  • How important do you think good manners are? Are they related to morals or just a way that certain people behave?
  • Do you think that you yourself are a polite person? Why, or why not?

Come and join our Talk About on Monday 30 November at 7.30 pm, share your idea and make friends.

The Zoom ID and passcode are:

ID: 981 9526 9164
Passcode: letstalk