English etiquette - Learn how to be polite in English

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Being polite in English

It's not easy to understand the etiquette of cultures different from your own. Things that may be rude in your own language can be perfectly polite in English, and some things that you may consider polite are rude to an English speaker. Learning about English etiquette is the best way to avoid social gaffes. Of course, you can always excuse yourself if you accidentally insult someone. But what if you don't realize that you've been insulting? What do you think? Is English etiquette all that different from etiquette in your own language?


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