ANGLIA

ANGLIA

Language. In a country of extraordinary courtesy, where ritual and tradition are valued values, politeness is shown in the nuances. These include linguistic nuances, the way of conducting the conversation. People are judged on the basis of their accent and pronunciation and their social position is determined. You can recognize a stranger in just a few words, define his profession and social position. But a foreigner can count on a great understanding, if he doesn't say "the" with the elegance of an Oxford Graduate or has the wrong accent. It is only required of him, so that it does not distort surnames and proper names, much more important than common names. English interlocutors will appreciate, if he refrains from supporting words with gestures and facial expressions. Restraint in gestures is a good sign of the interlocutor. You should also avoid overly bright clothes and perfume with an intense fragrance.

First of all, personal matters should not be discussed in the conversation. „How do you do?” (What's up?, How do you do?) it doesn't require any answer other than "how do you do."?”. Weather, the beauty of English gardens, sport, derby, Animals – these are your favorite conversation topics. It is also worth being aware of regional differences – The Scot does not resemble an Englishman from Cambridge and cannot be called "Englishman". Let's also remember, that the striped tie signifies membership of a club or college student body.

Kindness. English sense of humor, so much appreciated in this country, definitely differs, for example, from the Voltairean irony of the French. It requires a lot of understanding. You can laugh at yourself, not with others. Guests, especially to foreigners, a "credit" is granted, so they can always feel at ease. The simplicity of conversation comes from this natural courtesy. The desire to "shine" seems almost rude and lack of tact. There is no "general" conversation at the table. You should address your closest neighbors, giving each of them about the same amount of time.

The ceremony of introducing guests is very simplified, no titles are mentioned, although they are greatly appreciated. The surname is always given after the words "gentleman" and "madam", e.g.. „Mr. Brown”, „Mrs. Smith”, and in the case of good friends or well-known people – name: „Sir Winston” albo „Sir John”. When the presentation is done, on the occasion of the next meeting, the English don't shake hands, they merely bow their heads in front of them. We are basically not addressing the person, which we were not introduced to, but when it does, contacts can quickly turn into direct and intimate.

Clubs. Most are for gentlemen only, and only members are allowed to enter. The invitation to the club is a sign of trust on the part of the host, therefore one should strictly follow the customs and not mock them, so that the inviting person does not have to blush for his guest.