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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
What should you do if you want to add something to a conversation?

What should you say if someone is talking about something you already know about?

Is it all right to pick your nose in public and then say you're sorry?

Which of the following topics should you avoid speaking about at a social event?

Which of the following behaviors would be considered rude in a bookstore?

Which of the following questions could you ask a person you just met?

Your boss has submitted his resignation and will be leaving the company in a few days. What should you NOT say to him?

There is a sign at the entrance of your office which says that this is a fragrance-free zone. This means:

Is it okay to slap your manager on the back in a friendly way?

When a woman meets a woman in an office in New York, she should:


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143 Comments on “Bad Manners: What NOT to say or do (Polite English)”


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You are a wonderful teacher, Rebecca! You have the ability to explain everything so well! These rules are really very important to everyone of all cultures… I’d like to say that here, in Brazil we also follow (at least we try) all these rules you’ve taught in your last two lessons…Very, very useful!!!

Thursday, October 24th 2013

    I agree with you Janilza

    Friday, January 10th 2014

      I also agree with Janilza

      Thursday, September 18th 2014

    I fully agree with you, Janilza, with the exception that in Brazil when two women (or a man and a woman) met they commonly kiss one cheek (in São Paulo) or both cheeks (in Rio de janeiro).

    Monday, March 17th 2014

    I agree with you too. She is great!

    Thursday, September 11th 2014

Thank you Rebecca for your lesson

Thursday, October 24th 2013

You are a wonderful teacher,Rebecca!thank you f
or lesson

Thursday, October 24th 2013

You are a wonderful teacher

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Hello Teacher Rebecca!
I just want to thank you for the wonderful lesson. You explained them so widely ( broadly). I enjoyed it so much. I just found this site and I am so happy, believe me.

Thursday, October 24th 2013

why video is not being shown?

Thursday, October 24th 2013

    I see you’re commenting from Pakistan, where (as far as I know) Youtube is still banned. You may have to use a proxy or a VPN service to be able to watch our videos…

    Saturday, October 26th 2013

Thank you!!!!It is very useful!!! :)

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Thank you, Rebecca, for your calmly teaching. Your teaching style reassures us. I agree with Janilza. I’m from Italy and we share the same rules. Even though there are many people that has to listen to this video… in all languages! ;-)

Thursday, October 24th 2013

    I like your comment, gianpieropiccolo…:) Thank you!

    Friday, October 25th 2013

I liked it! Thanks Rebecca!! Should you talk about business vocabulary??? Greetings from E.S.

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Hi Rebecca!I have to admit that this lesson wasn’t dedicated directly for me. These are just basics and I don’t want to be rude, but I can hardly imagine a person who doesn’t know them, maybe because I’m from Europe :)
My problem is that sometimes I don’t know how to behave when it comes to talk with someone older than me in semi-official situation. To be more accurately I’ll give you an example – I was working at information point at the big music festival area in an information point. There was a man much more older than other people out there. He was a gentle and witty at the same time and I realized that I don’t know how to speak with him! Should I add “Sir” to the end of the sentences? Or should it be a “Mr” ? In my native language we use “mr” very often, but I found this quite rarely used in english (or maybe I just couldn’t find a good usage). I’d love to see a lesson about that, or at least your answer to this message. All the best!

Thursday, October 24th 2013

    In English we generally don’t use “Mr” unless we are using it with the person’s last name. You’re right, “sir” is appropriate to use with customers. For women, the equivalent is “ma’am”, or (if they are very young) “miss”.

    That’s a good lesson idea! I’ll add it to the list.

    Saturday, October 26th 2013

      Thank you for your answer. I wasn’t sure if “sir” is appropriate because I knew it’s also a title for people with noble origins :)

      Tuesday, October 29th 2013

Hi Rebecca, I shouldn’t interrupt conversation. My bad habit. Thank you :)

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Thank you very much.

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Good lesson Rebecca!!! A lot of thanks for your help! I absolutely like watch your classes! You explane everythings very clear.

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Thank you very much for this lesson.

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Thanks so much it is very useful for me. i will try to avoid this bad manner so that i can improve communications.

Thursday, October 24th 2013

I got 5/10. I’m impolite :((

Thursday, October 24th 2013

thank you Rebecca!

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Thanks Rebecca!

Friday, October 25th 2013

thanks, teacher but I want let you know, my Arabian culture if I don’t kiss a new guy I just met him First time on his face to show him I respect him and if I avoid to kiss him it’s going to take it as a Insult , so when I moved to USA, some American Friends thought I am Gay but I was practice my culture , so I stoped do it, hahahaah

Friday, October 25th 2013

Thank you Rebecca! Good lesson.

Friday, October 25th 2013

oops~I`m one who loud voice in public spaceㅜ.
I`ll change the bad habit.
Thank you Rebecca for helpful lecture~

Friday, October 25th 2013

hi rebecca we work at the municipality in turkey , please can you make a video about council , municipality , public service , I mean ; tax , water suply , waste management ,petition …

Friday, October 25th 2013

    That’s a good idea, I’ll add it to the list of lesson suggestions!

    Saturday, October 26th 2013

Hey Mrs. Rebecca ,
I want to ask you question :
what is the mistake in this sentence : She still slept when I was waking her up .

Friday, October 25th 2013

Really I like your lesson too much.

Thank Rebbecca

Friday, October 25th 2013

Thank you Rebbeca, excelent as usual.

Friday, October 25th 2013

You are awesome ma’m, i mean the way you teach us is simply awesome.I really mean it.
Both videos are worthy,you know what i think sometimes is that we’re lucky enough that we get such video-classes, thank you very-very much for all that you do for us on ENGVID.

Wish you a very very very good day!

Friday, October 25th 2013

I’m having One question – could you please tell me that what’s difference between ‘also’ and ‘as well as’?

AND please also highlight the way native speakers use all of these words in everyday conversation?

Hope you’ll answer me……
Thanking you!

Friday, October 25th 2013

finally am now one of the members here yaaaaay .Thanks for the lesson. I love u Rebecca so much and I love your way in teaching and i love engVid teachers, too ^O^

Friday, October 25th 2013

Rebecca, thanks a lot.

Friday, October 25th 2013

Thanks Teacher, Good lesson

Friday, October 25th 2013

you’re teaching very well,its a very useful lesson for me. …

thank u so much

Friday, October 25th 2013

Thank you for all the information. Your lesson was very useful. I can understand you better now.
Thank you.

Friday, October 25th 2013

many thanks you are Wonderful

Saturday, October 26th 2013

hi Rebecca.Your explaining expressions are more important for me.Your teaching methods are playing leading role for me.Thank you very much

Saturday, October 26th 2013

Is engvid (North American for instance) taking the rest of the world for uncivilized and uncouth? Ms Rebecca, thank you!

Saturday, October 26th 2013

Thank u very much

Saturday, October 26th 2013

Thank you Rebecca.

Saturday, October 26th 2013

answering for question7 was absolutely wrong we should not talk about money i mean salary or weights in front of everyone

Saturday, October 26th 2013

Thanks!!!

Saturday, October 26th 2013

Thank you for you help.

Saturday, October 26th 2013

Hi! Rebecca, I’m from Laos I really interesting in English and also I like your teaching style

Sunday, October 27th 2013

Hello everybody :) I suggest, for all Quiz, to show the total number of the questions and which question you are. Just to people have an idea of how long it will be. Tks. This site is very very helpful. Congratulations to all profesors.

Sunday, October 27th 2013

unique (lesson+teacher) as usual ….. thank you from the deeps of my heart

Engr. Essam Al Madhy

Monday, October 28th 2013

good try

Monday, October 28th 2013

thank you!!

Tuesday, October 29th 2013

Thanks for your teaching. I try to answer although It’s hard for me.

Tuesday, October 29th 2013

Rebecca and EngVid, Thank you very much!!! My score was 90 :-)

Tuesday, October 29th 2013

excellent job….i love your ideas thanks for sharing it.

Wednesday, October 30th 2013

    ARE YOU NIKHIL ARN’T YOU?

    Thursday, October 31st 2013

Hi Rebecca
Thank you for your wonderful lesson.

Wednesday, October 30th 2013

very good lesson and so clear…

Wednesday, October 30th 2013

Thank you!!!

Wednesday, October 30th 2013

I took 9 out of 10 :D that’s good
thank you Mrs.Rebecca!

Thursday, October 31st 2013

I’m very happy to be part of ur site. very good teacher

Thursday, October 31st 2013

Rebecca,thank you for the lesson.

Friday, November 1st 2013

What nice 15 points you have taught us in this lesson. It´s very useful to know those to be polite and nice people to others. Thank you so much.

Friday, November 1st 2013

Thank You Rebeca for your professional skills.

Friday, November 1st 2013

Thank you rebecca .Realy very important rules to be polite !!

Saturday, November 2nd 2013

Lovely lesson, thank you very much.

Saturday, November 2nd 2013

Thank you Rebecca,I learnt a lot of things from your teaching.

Saturday, November 2nd 2013

Thank you Rebecca. These rules are really useful for me.

Sunday, November 3rd 2013

Thanks a lot

Sunday, November 3rd 2013

Thank you teacher.

Monday, November 4th 2013

Thank you Rebeca.

Monday, November 4th 2013

Thank you Rebecca.

your teaching is well,and its easy to understand to listener or student. keep it up

Friday, November 8th 2013

Great class, thanks a lot!!!

Friday, November 8th 2013

I’ve heard Rebeca’s lesson once so I expected to listen to about polite and impolite expressions in English language. The things which I’ve heard were awful! I’m extremely sorry but it sounds very rude, offensive or at least strange! Who is she speaking to? Baboons? In our country it’s absolutely impolite to teach people elementary manners!

Friday, November 8th 2013

    I am sorry…But I feel the same…

    Friday, May 16th 2014

Alhamdolillah 100 % i understand Ms Rebecca and Ms Valen but other teachers are very fast

Monday, November 11th 2013

thank you so much

Monday, November 11th 2013

Thank You Rebeca, very useful in Daily Life …

Monday, November 11th 2013

thx Rebeca,really interesting lesson.

Wednesday, November 13th 2013

Hi Rebeca, you’re great teacher but the most of these rules that you talk about the people of the world practice. It´s not only north american culture.In Brazil, the only difference is : the people touch and kiss each other.

Sunday, November 17th 2013

why they don’t give all subtitle? Some words i can’t hear!

Friday, November 29th 2013

yeeeeeeeey 10/10 :) thank you very much

Saturday, November 30th 2013

Thanks a lot. It will be very usefull in social events.

Monday, December 2nd 2013

hi teacher,Iam new here ,thank u about this main intsructions about bad manners that poeple shall avoid using them.

Tuesday, December 3rd 2013

hi teacher . Im new here and i got 9 ! so nice so hopefull and thank u ! :)

Friday, December 6th 2013

9/10 Good lesson, as usual!

Sunday, December 15th 2013

Rebecca,je t’adore!

Monday, December 23rd 2013

tks for helping

Sunday, January 5th 2014

Thanks a lot, Rebecca! Your prunanciation is perfect!

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

Good reminders! Thanks Rebecca! :)

Saturday, January 11th 2014

Thank you for your teaching !

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

thank you somuch

Monday, February 17th 2014

Thank you Rebecca.Greatly presented.

Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Thank you Rebbeca

Monday, February 24th 2014

thank you Rebbeca

Thursday, February 27th 2014

never ever pick your nose because it’s gross.

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

Thank you Rebecca. good advices.

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Good tips, Rebbeca. Basic information is always useful. I’ve never heard about fragrance-free environment before. Thank you for this lesson.

Monday, March 17th 2014

I agree with Janilza.
rebbeca is a perfect english teacher and from my perspective, her ability to explain the lessons is very gooood!
I think these manners are the basic manners in all cultures…

Friday, March 21st 2014

Thank you Rebbeca.
In portugal the behavior between persons is similar.
A handshake of gratitude.

Tuesday, April 1st 2014

Hi There!
Why I’m unable to use loud voice!
Even when i or other need it! How i can overcome with this problem!

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

I got 10 correct out of 10.
:D, thank you Rebecca

Saturday, April 5th 2014

I need to learn what not to say. Somehow, I missed some of the unspoken rules growing up in rough neighborhood.

Friday, April 11th 2014

Hi Rebecca,
thank you for your great lesson.
take care

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

it is a very good lesson that is mandatory for all of us to learn and follow.thank you very much.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014

Thank you, teacher!

Saturday, July 12th 2014

In Laos we also followed those rules, many thanks

Sunday, July 20th 2014

So many thanks!

Thursday, July 31st 2014

I took 6 quizzes, all are 10 out of 10 :D

Thursday, August 14th 2014

Thank you Rebecca, in Germany we follow these roles also.

Monday, August 25th 2014

Thank you Rebecca

Sunday, September 21st 2014

dont talk swear words . dont make phone calls either 9 in the morning or past 7:30 in the evening when they have children . ask her what do you wear in different social events? dont blow the breath on the face .stay away from her when you both have a conversation . if you smoke ,you must go out there .

Saturday, September 27th 2014

What a great teacher you are!!!!!

Tuesday, October 14th 2014

These rules may seem common sense, but I’ve seen people doing the listed things many times without even questioning their habits.It’s nice to always stress the importance of social etiquette, even if customs vary from places to places. Thank you very much, Rebecca! :)

Thursday, October 16th 2014

I got 100% :) Thanks Rebecca!

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014

Thank you :)

Wednesday, November 5th 2014

THANK YOU….you are best teacher

Tuesday, November 18th 2014

10 of 10 thank you Rebecca. I never heard nothing about fragrance free zones.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015

got 9 out of 10 , thank you madam for this interesting topic, really injoyed while learning . thank you for these things to let us know

Saturday, February 28th 2015

Dear Rebecca,
Thanks remind us to be polite.
Every day, we should avoid these bad manners.
Best regards.

Wednesday, March 4th 2015

Greetings.
according to the long comment above –
to be more accurately – not correct.
to be more accurate- correct.

and I hope that I am right.
what do you think Rebecca?

Thursday, March 12th 2015

P.S.
I’ve noticed that you’re so often in your videos mentioning the north American culture, why its that different from the other parts of States, south for example? especially in English Language matters?
warm kisses.
Amer

Thursday, March 12th 2015

my quiz rebecca:
100
You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D

Monday, April 6th 2015

Being polite is important wherever you are. thank you

Monday, April 13th 2015

ya to agree

Tuesday, April 14th 2015

this video is no useful

Thursday, May 7th 2015

So cool!

Saturday, May 9th 2015

I don,t understand quize 7th question.
what to say of wish to boss or seniors

Sunday, June 28th 2015

Thank you so much, teacher! Some of these manners seems obvious, but I have made several of these actions in front of strange people and I didn’t realize that I was being rude. See you, then.

Friday, September 25th 2015

Thank you Rebecca

Tuesday, October 6th 2015

what is a fragance free zone ? question 8.

Saturday, November 7th 2015

I want to say thank you very much Rebecca.
after I saw your taught it very useful to me.

Tuesday, December 1st 2015

THANK Rebeca

Sunday, December 6th 2015

There are few of bad manners that you mentioned here that I had not known before.

Thursday, January 7th 2016

Thank you! Your lesson is very helpful.

Thursday, January 7th 2016

I like your class, sometimes you speak a little bit quickly for me, but is well. Thanks

Thursday, February 4th 2016

Thank you!

Friday, March 4th 2016

dear Mrs Rebecca,, good knowing to make a relation to a people. Namaste

Saturday, April 30th 2016

Like your class the most, so far! articulate points, great!

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Hi Rebecca! Thanks for your class! He in Brazil is pretty much like that, except by point number 8,9 and 14 (people here use to much perfum to work). So we have to be carefull with these when we are at America.

Saturday, June 18th 2016

Thank you!!

Monday, September 12th 2016
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