Do’s to observe while in Britain

Visiting foreign countries would require travellers to observe the prevailing standards of etiquette in the place of destination.  Failure to observe this could result to misunderstanding or unintentional insult to locals.  Britain also has its specific do’s which visitors should observe while in the country.

The British have been known to maintain a stiff upper lip in their behavior.  They are known for being more formal than Americans.  Although there has been considerable relaxation of this formality, there are still certain standards of etiquette that need to be observed by locals and foreign visitors as well.

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IELTS Writing: Letter-Meeting putting off

You are organizing a business meeting, and you should write to people from other companies and tell them the changes of the meeting(times, location, etc.).

You will
1. explain why you have to make changes
2. tell them the changes
3. apologize for the changes

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What is the best way to apologise in English?

If you have been to England, I’m sure you have experienced English politeness. In England, people apologise a lot. We say sorry when we do something wrong, when we have upset someone, when we want to sympathise with someone, when we are about to disturb someone and even when someone else disturbs us! Have you ever stepped on someone’s foot and the other person says sorry before you?! I suppose they feel sorry that their foot was in your way!

So what is the best way to apologise in English?
There are many different ways to say sorry in English depending on the situation, who you are apologising to and how you are feeling. You may have already learnt this vocabulary in your English classes; however, I have listed 10 common expressions to say you’re sorry below:
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How to greet someone in Britain

The Handshake

A handshake is the most common form of greeting among the English and British people and is customary when you are introduced to somebody new.

The Kiss

It is only when you meet friends, whom you haven’t seen for a long time, that you would kiss the cheek of the opposite sex. In Britain one kiss is generally enough.

Formal greetings

The usual formal greeting is a “How do you do?” and a firm handshake, but with a lighter touch between men and women.

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What are British social customs?


British people place considerable value on punctuality. If you agree to meet friends at three o’clock, you can bet that they’ll be there just after three. Since Britons are so time conscious, the pace of life may seem very rushed. In Britain, people make great effort to arrive on time. It is often considered impolite to arrive even a few minutes late. If you are unable to keep an appointment, it is expected that you call the person you are meeting. Some general tips follow.

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