Observation

Observe the politeness of locals when interacting with different people (e.g. people they don’t know, people they know, their friends, their relatives). Describe some norms and rules of behaviour related to politeness that you have identified. Think about verbal (e.g. saying ‘please’) and non-verbal forms of politeness (e.g. eye contact, smiling). Would you describe the locals as polite people? Would you describe your culture as a polite culture? Identify similarities and differences between the two cultures in this respect. How could you explain them? What does it mean to be polite for you? How important is it for you to be polite? Do you think that you could change some aspects of your politeness when you go back home?

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