English Culture: Manners & How to be polite

English Culture: Manners & How to be polite

Hi, everyone. In this lesson we’re
going to look at manners in England. Here are the things that are considered polite, and
the things that are not considered polite. So this is a talk about the culture, things that people do
here in England, and the things that traditionally have been the most
acceptable behaviour. Let’s start with the things that are very
important. So, I’m sure you already know this one: English people and queuing. “Queuing” is
when you stand in a line when you don’t… When you want something. You don’t just, like,
run up there to the front or push. You queue in a line. So, we queue up at the bank, for
example, or we queue up when we want to get on a bus and there’s some other people already
there. Now, of course, in London because there are so many people and also not everyone is
English so they have their manners from where they came from, you won’t always see people
queuing to get on the bus or on the tube, but you do generally still see people queuing
up in a shop when they need to buy something. Next we have: It’s very important to bring a
bottle, and that means when you go to somebody’s dinner party you take a bottle of wine when
you go to the meal there. If you don’t want to bring a bottle of wine, you can bring dessert
or you can bring some flowers or some chocolates, but the general phrase and the general idea
of it is bringing a bottle, as in a bottle of wine. Next we have RSVP. This is a term that comes
from French: “Répondez s’il vous plait”, and this is a much more formal invitation
that you get. If you’re going to something, a special event like somebody’s wedding…
Because weddings are really expensive and they have to be organized so long in advance,
people having the wedding really want to know if you’re coming. So when you RSVP to the
invitation it means you’re definitely going, you will be there. So once you’ve RSVP’d,
it’s very, very impolite not to go. You must go if you RSVP. Next, I think that in England it’s very important
to be on time. We do tend to be punctual people, attend… Attend meetings at the right time,
turn up to our jobs at the right time, or meet friends at the right time, most of us.
Of course, there are those people who are always late for everything, but most people
in general do things on time or even, like me, I always end up being 10 minutes early.
I just can’t help that. So I waste a lot of time being too early. Now let’s look at table manners. Some of the
things in the table manners’ section are changing as people become more relaxed about eating
and eating out. But these were all… These are all manners that people follow in more
formal situations. Perhaps at home or with your very close friends it would be different.
Now, I don’t mean it’s different for this first one. I’m not saying it’s ever acceptable
anywhere to slurp, burp-I can’t do a burp noise. Anyway, you know what a burp is-and
fart. Fart is noise from the other end. These things are never acceptable at the dinner
table. Mm-mm, mm-mm. So, no eating noises or doing that when you eat.
It’s not acceptable. Elbows on the table, in a formal situation
you’re not going to do that, but relaxed with friends a lot of people do put their elbows
on the table these days, not such a big deal. Drinking before… Just drinking your drink
before somebody said: “Cheers” is considered impolite, but it’s also a sign of being familiar
with people. If you’re familiar with them you don’t have to go: “Oh, cheers for this
drink and opportunity to drink with you.” So it depends who it is. Using a mobile in the restaurant or when you’re
eating socially with people is considered rude, so to be like: “Oh, hold on. Let me just take this call. I’m so
important, I’ve got to, you know, talk business”, or something is considered
rude, or to be like all the time texting on your phone. Of course it happens,
and young people and teenagers are definitely going to do it more than older people, but
on the whole it’s considered impolite. Eating with hands, that’s something that’s
changing, as I suppose we all get more used to a fast food culture and different kinds
of foods that are just easier to eat with your hands, like burgers, chips, chicken wings,
and some Mexican food – easier… It’s easier to eat with hands, so… It depends what you’re
eating, but traditionally it would be considered rude to eat anything other than
a sandwich with your hands. Okay, let’s talk about what’s impolite now,
what’s opposite. No, it’s not the… These are more things that are impolite, but different
situations. Let’s imagine the situation of being on a train. It’s impolite to talk really
loudly on the train, and just have your really loud conversation on the phone that everybody
can hear for hours, the whole time you’re on the train. It’s impolite and it’s really
annoying. Also, if you haven’t noticed, trains in England, if they… Particularly ones that
go long distance, they have a silent carriage, and that means a part of the train where:
“Don’t talk here. Do not talk here.” Nobody wants to hear you talking. So there’s always
that refuge, that place you can go on the train if you don’t want to hear people, but
it’s only one small space, and the rest of the train is really big. It’s also impolite to push in. “Oh, I’ve got to
get on this train now”, so: “Poo, poo, poo”. That happens all the
time in London. It’s impolite to eat smelly food on the train.
Now, a sandwich is okay, you get hungry. A packed lunch that you’ve brought from home,
maybe you’ve got some cold pasta left over or whatever you made at home. It’s fine. But
if it stinks, it’s not fine. You know foods that stink? It’s usually fast food, like McDonald’s
or from a fried chicken place or something. Impolite to eat this on the train and impolite
to even take it on the train because it smells so strong. But anyway,
people do it. Impolite to sit there in your chair or all
nice and comfy when the poor, old, old person is like, with their walking stick, and you
know, they’re going to fall over when the train slows down. It’s impolite to leave them
standing while you sit down. The same applies to pregnant women and to disabled people.
So, if you haven’t noticed on the tubes… I don’t know if they’re on the trains, but
on the tubes there are special seats. So if you sit in those you must get up for the elderly
people or the disabled people, but if you really don’t want to give up your seat to
anyone, don’t sit in one of those chairs. You can sit more in the middle on the tube, and
you’re very… In a very unlikely situation anyone would expect
you to get up. Next we’ve got holding the door open. This
isn’t… This isn’t something that happens on the train. This is when you’re coming out
of a building, the door is heavy, and as you come out you hold the door open and you just
wait one and a half seconds so that person behind you comes. You hold it until they come,
and they take over. You don’t have to… You don’t have to, like, look at them a long time,
or it’s not a big deal. You just hold the door open, and then you carry on. You
hold the door open for them. Not like: “Oh, I’m so busy I can’t wait one and a half seconds”,
“Boom” in the next person’s face. That’s impolite. Next we’ve got not apologizing when you bump
into someone. This is when you walk down the street and you didn’t mean to, but someone,
you know, like walks into you. That’s bumping in or more pushing. If you don’t say anything,
like: “Oom”, then that’s rude. You’re meant to say: “Oh, sorry. Sorry about that”, and
carry on. It happens sometimes in a busy city, so you’re going to bump into someone, but
the point is whether you are polite after you say something. Next, it’s not polite when you have a friend
with you, and you meet somebody else you know and you talk to them, but you ignore that
other person there, like leaving them to just wait while you have a long conversation without
introducing them. What’s polite is to say: “Oh, Julie, this is Sarah. Sarah, this is Julie”,
and then you can carry on the conversation. Next, let’s talk about things to do with the
body. These are the kind of things that are more likely to make people disgusted actually and
feel sick, and like: “Ahh, that’s so gross.” Starting with spitting. Spitting on the floor,
spitting in public. I’ve even seen spitting inside one or two times, which is pretty gross
and disgusting, and pretty shocking when I’ve seen it, but yeah, you see things like that
around London, spitting on the floor. But it’s very, very bad manners and it’s also a
health hazard. Not… It’s not cool, makes people sick. Next is body odour. Now,
I’m not talking like… There’s different degrees
of body odour. Right? Some people are just really, really stinky
and they don’t mind. That kind of stinkiness is considered impolite, and especially if
you’re kind of stinky and you’re on the tube and you’ve got your arm out like that, and you
know, someone else is standing there having to smell your stinkiness. It’s
not very nice. It’s impolite. Next we’ve got shoes. So, it’s kind of the
opposite here in England about shoes. If I know you really well and you’re a good friend,
you can come in my house, take your shoes off. If I know you really, really, really well
and you’re part of the family, you can be barefoot in the house. Right?
But if I don’t really know: “Please keep your shoes on. Please keep your
shoes on. Do not touch my floor with your feet.” So it’s the opposite to how it is in many countries. So, from the
other people’s side they might find us really gross because in English homes, not so much
more now, but traditionally we always had carpets in our houses and it’s not like the
carpet’s always being washed and cleaned. It’s being hoovered, but not actually washed
and cleaned, and we walk around it with shoes on so a lot of people find the idea of the
English floor in their house really gross because in other countries there’s a floor
that’s easier to clean, you know, with water or a mop, so it’d different here. Anyway,
don’t take your shoes off unless somebody offers you or… Well, it’s not really an
offer, unless someone invites you to take your shoes off because that’s the rule in their
house. Okay? So don’t… Don’t just do it first. And by the way when I… A little story here.
It was one of those hard-to-handle cultural experiences when I was living in Turkey and a
workman came to fix a window or something, and I didn’t know how to say in Turkish: “Keep
your shoes on.” I wish I did, because he took his shoes off and… In Turkey they’re meant to
give you slippers if you’re not… If you’re just visiting they give you slippers to walk
in the house. I’m glad I didn’t give this guy slippers either. His feet was the most
stinking feet, oh, it just smelt so bad. And he fixed the window for about one and a half
minutes, and I was cleaning the floor for about two hours to get this stinky foot smell
out after. So, if I did give him slippers they’d have to go in the rubbish bin. So, if
it hadn’t been their rules there, had been the English rules, he’d have kept his shoes
on, I wouldn’t have smelt his stinky feet. It would have been much better the English
way, but anyway, I didn’t know the language to say that. Next let’s talk about baby changing. Baby
changing… Baby changing is for in the baby changing room in, or where the toilet is,
there’s normally a place to do that. And baby changing doesn’t happen around places where
you eat food. Again, I’m reminded of Turkey here because I did see a nappy, a baby’s shitty,
poohy… Poohy nappy being changed on a restaurant table which I thought was really gross, and I
never knew it happened before I went there. But anyway, I haven’t seen it here in England,
but in the restaurant table, but point being there are special places
to change the baby here. The next one is an issue that people… People
have strong views about and people disagree, which is breastfeeding in public, feeding
your baby milk in public. Some people don’t like to see that and they consider it to be
something that the woman should do with a scarf over the baby, or they think you should
do it in a quiet place, and other… Other people say it’s natural you should be able
to do it wherever you want. And people argue about this. Depending on where you are, you’ll
either see it a lot or you won’t see it at all. Yeah, so in London in certain… In certain areas
where there’s… Let’s say a very middle-class kind of area where there’s lots of middle-class
moms and their babies, breastfeeding you will see, but in just the general local area you
wouldn’t necessarily see a baby being breastfed in public. Next one is noisy sex. Obviously noisy
sex happens, but there’s degrees of it. I’ve lived in shared houses with young people, so
I’ve definitely heard sex, but it was absolutely not in the same league of how loud it was
to what I heard when I was in Peru staying near the Amazon… In… Somewhere in the
Amazon Jungle in a hotel, and then I heard the noisiest sex I’ve ever heard in my life,
so it’s degrees of how loud it is, I suppose. In general, it being England, it’s not, even
when it’s loud maybe it’s not so loud as some other places. Next, in the toilet, when you do your business
in the toilet, especially if it’s a poohy business, try and flush that away. If you
do a poohy business in somebody’s house but I think anywhere, and it gets all brown in
the toilet, there’s the brush next to the toilet which is to clear away the poohy stuff
in the toilet. That’s why it’s there. Some people, I don’t think they realize
that, what’s… What the brush is for. And yeah, so you might also be puzzled when
you go to the toilet: “Where is the water? Where is the water here? There’s no water for
cleaning myself?” There isn’t in the English toilet. I don’t want to get into it, really,
other than that. But if you’re surprised about where the water is, let’s just say it’s not
there. Maybe you bring your own is a solution, but don’t leave a mess after. Next is stinky perfume. Now, on the one hand
we’ve got stinky people who don’t make any effort to smell good, they… They enjoy it,
I suppose. And then on the other hand you’ve got people who think they smell nice by putting
on loads of perfume, but they put on so much perfume they actually smell stinky so that
when they walk you can smell them like two minutes behind. That is… That’s what stinky
perfume is. And I guess here, because it’s such a strong smell, that’s why people don’t
like it and don’t find it that polite. Next let’s look at social etiquette. When
you’re meeting a friend, generally because the arrangements, depending on the person, are
made a few days in advance here in England… We’re not so spontaneous and easygoing, most
people, so they plan before. And if you make that cancellation right at the last minute,
many times, unless it’s a real problem that you had, people will always think: “Fair
enough, you had a big problem, it’s okay”, but if you didn’t have a big problem and you cancel
right at the last minute the person will think that’s really rude that you did that. And if
you cancel one or two times in a row with that person, they might be angry with you and
they might not want to make another arrangement with you because they’re just
saying: “Uh, unreliable.” Next we have showing up unannounced. This
is a… I’ve shortened “unannounced”, here. That means just coming to somebody’s house,
ringing the doorbell anytime but they didn’t know you were coming. Here, I would say it
doesn’t happen that much, only with friends who have known each other a really long time
and… Like, people I know who do that to my mom, for example, her neighbour friends
that she’s known for years and they don’t show up and then like sit there for three
hours. Maybe there was something they wanted to say for five minutes or a short time.
It’s not like: “Hey. Here I am. Now let’s
hang out for hours.” Generally that doesn’t happen a lot, but
it might happen if you’re a student or a young person. If you think it happens,
let me know in the comments. But I would say traditionally and for older people
it just doesn’t happen much. Next is name dropping. Name dropping is when
you’re always saying about all the famous people you know, and… Well, sometimes it
isn’t even about the famous people you know, it’s about when you saw the famous person or
you worked somewhere where you helped the famous person, but that’s like the low level of
name dropping. The high level of name dropping is always about: “Oh, my friends are so important,
and I’m always with these special people”, and they… They get a bit boring because
they’re always talking about these special people they know. Next is something that I have done a few times
in my life-well, more than a few-it’s called French leave. Right? This, I don’t believe
is the English term for it. This is how I’ve known people in other countries talk about
it to me. Right? I don’t believe we have an English word for it, but this means when you’ve
been hanging out with some people or you’ve been at a party and instead of saying: “Oh, bye,
I’m going now”, you just leave. You don’t… You don’t say you’re going, you just decide
to go. Now, why does such a thing happen? In my opinion you’ve been at a party, the
host is there, but there’s so many people there you don’t really need to go and say
good bye to the host because they’re still going to have this party for hours. If you
go and say good bye, then other people might try to make you stay and things like that: “Nah,
leave it. I’ll just… I’ll just go. It’s fine.” That’s why I personally do it. It would
be really… Doing a French, you know, not saying good bye when it’s just you
hanging out with one other person, I think that’s quite a different situation. I’ve never
done that before. I mean in a situation where there’s a lot of people there.
Okay. Next one is talking over somebody. Some people
have a thing about this that if you’re talking and somebody interrupts and starts speaking
at the same time, some people think: “Oh, that’s so, so terrible.
Oh no. They’ve spoken”, and what some people
do when that happens is they just stop talking. So you spoke over me, I cannot
speak anymore. But it’s not very effective because if somebody talks over you,
they don’t care and they’re not going to stop, you will just be listening. So my… My thoughts
on this: Okay, yeah, it’s impolite. But sometimes you never, ever get a chance to speak if you
don’t talk over someone because other people don’t stop. So depending on the people, how
much they talk, sometimes you need to talk over people. Or sometimes if you’ve got an
idea that you really need to say, then you can talk over it.
That’s what I think. Next is unruly kids. This is when the parents
just, like, ignore the kids and the kids are all like: “Yay!” jumping on things, and running
around, and shouting, but in a place that’s not the playground or the park. They’re doing
it in another public place, like a café or a restaurant, or a train or a bus. If your
kids are unruly like that then it gets annoying to other people, really,
really annoying. When I was on the bus yesterday actually there
was some unruly… Well, they… I suppose they weren’t unruly. It was just a bit odd
because the mom was talking to her kids really loudly in such an extra way, saying:
“Okay, let’s play I Spy now”, and: “I spy… I spy ‘t’, oh, it’s tree.” But this
went on for about 35 minutes on the bus, like: “I don’t care. I don’t care about how much of a
good parent you are. I don’t care about how good your parenting skills are.” So those kids
weren’t really unruly. It was just more the… You couldn’t… You couldn’t forget that there
was some kids on the bus because it was being made into, like, a
big, big fun bus trip. Next there’s littering. Littering is when
you get your garbage and you just go: “Oh, I don’t care”, and you walk off and you
leave it there. It’s not nice to be a litterbug, leaving your rubbish around. And especially
never, ever in any kind of natural area like a park or a beach… However, it’s a very
different situation in Dubai because I used to live near the beach there and walk on the
beach every day, and there the local… The locals would come… Come to the beach with their
McDonald’s or whatever, eat the McDonald’s on the beach, and just leave it,
just leave it there on the beach. “Oh, we’re finished eating. Let’s go now. Someone will
clear it up after me.” Well, someone obviously did always pick it up after them, but if you try
and do that here, that’s like a… That’s a sin against nature,
it’s terrible. Okay, and last one is playing music loudly
from your speaker, so that would be sharing your music with everyone who doesn’t necessarily
want to listen to what your music is. So you didn’t ask everyone: “Oh, hey. Do you want to listen
to my Dubstep or whatever, my Drum and Bass?” You just start… You just start playing it loud,
like: “This music is… This is cool, this is cool”, but everyone else is like:
“I can’t stand your music.” It doesn’t have to be Dubset. It could be, like,
pop music or even pop music that’s so loud from your headphones that other people can hear.
That’s pretty annoying, and that gets boring after 20 minutes on the bus, having
to listen to it or whatever. So yeah, here are the things that are considered
polite, impolite, and bear these in mind next time you come to England, London or the
UK. Now you can take the quiz on this lesson. I’ll see you again soon. Bye.


  • Steven Sawyer says:

    If an Englishman leaves a party without saying goodbye it usually means theyve gone to find another one haha

  • Major Cynic says:

    Very helpful vid. Just one comment – It’s réPONdez-vous s’il vous plaît not réSPONdez.

  • Annie kikon says:

    These are just common sense that any normal human being will do what’s so special about Britain’s rule ? Lol not big deal but I find Britain’s very rude and unfriendly you only live once so be kind and spread love !! Not hatred!

  • Caroline Gray says:

    This also applies to Scotland Wales and Ireland

  • Caroline Gray says:

    I don't think body odour comes into it you would know anyway

  • F Fox says:

    Chinese tourists take note of what is considered impolite. The Chinese could learn a lot from this video.

  • Iwan Park says:

    Killing someone is also considered rude.

  • Lily Pham says:

    Hi =)

  • tre bushett says:

    In middle class England, polite table manners also include; not using your fork upside down, i.e. as a shovel, and putting your knife in your mouth.

  • Hardevsinh Gohil says:

    You had sex in Amezon jungle..wow!!

  • Mohamed Mohamed says:

    You are so good in what you do.

  • Wojciech Kostowski says:

    I very much enjoyed your lecture about the English culture. I think it is absolutely identical with the traditional rules of my home country, Poland. Even the shoes-on/shoes off problem looks similar here, it depends on the type of the floor and the weather outside: if you have dirty, wet shoes because the old dirty snow is just melting, you are rather invited to take them off. Sometimes, for formal occasions, people may bring lighter shoes to put them on inside the host appartment.

    The only difference is the issue of showing up unattended. We have an old proverb that says "A guest in a house is God in a house". Even if it is not comfortable for you, you are expected to dedicate some time to the unexpected guest, offer them something to eat or – at least – a cup of tea/coffee. On the other hand, the unexpected guest knows they should not stay longer than, say, 30 minutes. Unfortunately, this old, beatiful habit is disappearing due to mobile phones: you are expected to call and ask first.

    In general, culture is just one half of a good society. Culture defines how to not disturb the others. However, it does not define, how to make the others happy. The other half is called love.

  • Just the girl with a Tail says:

    I was born in England. I live in England. But I'm not English!

  • Just the girl with a Tail says:

    You need to do one video that teaches USA people how to speak. Because most never say words right. Nearly the whole of America call Turtles Tortoises when they are Two completely DIFFERENT Animals.

  • Rachel Levin says:

    Jade, when you spoke about cleaning up after doing pooey business, I was immediately reminded of my own family. Everyone in my house has stomach problems, so poop is a common occurrence. I always take a minute to clean the toilet. My father could care less about what he leaves behind. I am constantly shouting at him to clean the toilet, but he never listens. I am going to show him this video.

  • gavin Reid says:

    I have never heard of French Leave!

  • Jeck Henry says:

    You so nice when explaining

  • Kouroosh Mousavi says:

    Haha baby changing on table 😝

  • gavin Reid says:

    I discussed French Leave with English colleagues. No one has ever heard of it. I am in North England.

  • disoriented1 says:

    All of these standards apply in the U.S. as well, albeit not as often observed as we would like! But I have never heard of a 'French leave'?..we do tend to hang on to stereotypical traits as well..like 'Dutch treat' and 'Indian giver'..both are offensive..

  • Marvin Cooper says:

    'French leave' is a slang military term for being absent without leave (awol).

  • Marvin Cooper says:

    Playing music loudly within other peoples hearing is an offence, (broadcasting without a licence), assuming that you do not have a licence to play music in public. This is why buskers can be arrested.

  • Kevin Cowell says:

    These are all true in the US. About breastfeeding, it's considered impolite to publicly comment on it. I've always seen women drape a little blanket or something and keep on talking or whatever. Also, I don't recall hearing the term "French leave." Still considered rude, though. You don't need to say goodbye to all two-hundred at the party, but you do need to say goodbye to your host.

  • Goopty Goop says:

    I never heard of the French Leave. In the USA I know it as the Irish Goodbye.

  • Harish Kurrey says:

    I like you and you teach us very well can you teach me privately?


    Recently in the UK even telling the truth is considered as impolite, especially when You are a reporter.

  • chatnoir says:

    So English and German manners are identical.

  • Rajeesh John says:

    so don't remove shoes…what if the shoes are dirty…like very dirty? Chop his feet off 😀

  • luca0311 says:

    love you 🙂
    great sense of homour!

  • Living Walks says:

    How interesting, I've just started filming gopro walks mainly in soulful cities in the UK.
    I've enjoyed listening to a summary of what we find polite and not… quaint and funny really. Thank you, I've subscribed.

  • Tempus Fugit says:

    So simple about breast feeding in public here in Britain or the Republic of Ireland , voice of experience here …mother wears a loose top & cradles baby then gently covers babies head & does what is natural but discreet . I had a baby sling with baby facing me & no one could possibly see my breasts , funniest moment for me after a dinner party in London I took the tube at around 11 pm and an old drunken man sat next to me whilst I was feeding my son …son burps. .son sneezes & old man started laughing and punching the air saying " aw sure , you're a woman after my own heart " Everyone in the carriage gave me a dirty look which gave me and my new found friend a fit of giggles .😆😆😇😈

  • Mike Vasiljevs says:

    Queueing up, bringing a bottle to a party, being on time is what polite people do in every country, do they not? I could say the same about other things. This should have been just titled "Culture" instead of "English Culture".

  • KELSIB WELLS says:

    Here ! here !
    I quite agree,
    but I must say,
    if done correctly

    (it's rather difficult not to be loud…)lol

  • tom kent says:

    Problem is English Culture is a rare commodity nowadays!

  • R. A. says:

    Littering is inappropriate but I swear I saw boys pissing on the streets or into rubbish bins for quite a few times in the UK lol

  • God Japan says:

    it depends,it depends,it depends lol

  • God Japan says:

    same as japan

  • Jan Johnson Amarillas says:

    It's weird I was raised with these types of mannerisms and have been stared at strangely many times giving up my seat for the elderly and disabled . pregnant , it's called respect – people don't raise up their children with proper manners any more, Please, Thank you, welcome and may I !

  • Laura B says:

    I've lived here in the US most of my life. When I became an adult, I realized that my parents, who were poor and very dysfunctional, had the decency to instill good manners and respect for others. I am so grateful for that. BUT now… It must be a sign of the times because good manners and etiquette are something of the past, here and everywhere it seems.

  • Laura B says:

    Thank you, JADE! PARENTS, LISTEN UP. Children become adults. These things SHOULD BE TAUGHT AT HOME, EARLY ON. It's not just for today; it's passed to the next generation and the next… Brats will invariably become parents, nasty bosses, terrible partners. Manners reflect our character.

  • Great Monkey King X says:

    You forgot one. I'm an American who grew up in New york City and I lived in london for a year. And I found this behavior especially charming. Often, when you accidentally bump into someone on the tube. The person you bumped into will say, "sorry".

  • Vildan Tavukçu Ateş says:

    Abla güzel anlatıyordun da Türkleri niye gömüyorsun 😅

  • Dottore_Martino says:

    Oh how I loved the video. It's just basics isn`t it?

  • Rhyno Souris says:

    Why for not to burp on table? How know host if you like or no like food if not to give big burp?

  • Ahmed Tantawy says:

    Thanks Jade,
    I'm glad you're back
    I've suggested your channel to my friend who wants to learn British English

  • Justine Sanders says:

    It seems people have no manners these days as most of those rules are constantly being overlooked. I have yet to have a train journey where people respect others and not shout on their phones, eat their crap or listen to music so loud you can hear it at the other end of the carriage.

  • scottybroker says:

    Playing offensive HIP HOP Very LOUDLY as you drive through streets of quiet neighborhoods

  • John Jones says:

    Jade Lady! English Rose! Would that I could have,one of those!

  • Verity Anderson says:

    I am an English person and this is a great video. 'thanks Jade' .
    You know what I find infuriating about English culture ' whinging'.to persistently complain in an irritating or peavish way. Because of people doing this I purchased an mp3 player and it really works.

  • popcorn and water says:

    I can't understand why burping is that impolite! I don't know who can control it, but honestly, I can never control my burp.

  • Zeinabi Gugunava says:

    Can I ask you a question, please?
    Is it polyte, to listen someone's conversations and read the letters,if they are not for you?
    Or pretend, that you are a friend ,if you are an enemy?

  • xsd knight says:

    Other things – you forgot to mention here – never to do at a dinner table: to snoop, to pick your nose, to take your denture out and other ugly stuff like that!

  • JIMAN HWANG says:

    Jade, You are so beautiful speaking the British English.

  • Ian Peden says:

    But is the bottle of wine a gift to the host(ess) or to the table? This may well vary.

  • Khaliff Hwang says:

    Lovely lovely

  • Michael Watkins says:

    This lady is a real cutie.  She's as funny as she is beautiful.  So entertaining and sexy.

  • JIMAN HWANG says:

    Lovely Jade, All listed there, We South Koreans do them naturally. We have no manner. CRAZY Koreans. We have god damn young moms who don't care other people. we say them as reproduction insects..

  • taureanblue says:

    I find it interesting that McDonald’s fast food is considered “smelly” food. I am Canadian and I have sadly never been to Britain. I would consider McDonald’s food to be bland and not smelly. Donairs, burritos, and garlic sausage can be smelly. Many, but not all, of the other points are similar to Canadian standards.

  • Elizabeth Chan says:

    Absolutely brilliant thank you so much jade, I am really enjoying watching your YouTube videos

  • Hiden Truth says:

    👍Hello … Times, They are changing 😻

  • Bhupinder Tube says:

    Yeah, there are special seats for "physically challenged" as well. Most of them are common sense, I didn't know about the shoes. Noise during eating was funny.

  • Juan Majeed says:

    You Brits are really snobs!!

  • Elizabeth Chan says:

    This is such a fantastic to watching this YouTube video. Jade I love to say thank you so ever so much to you. I am enjoying and loving it listening and watching u this programme

  • Matthew Fronimos says:

    Well done, Jade!

  • affricaflat says:

    Definitely I should have born in England. I am Argentinian from Buenos Aires and I really agree with all those tips… but here people don’t care about polite and impolite behaviour in the street, be aware of their own!… and I realise about those bahaviors but people seem they live in their own worlds, inside a bubble!!!… really helpful your video!! Thank you very much.

  • affricaflat says:

    I’m reading comments about people talking with ungry and irony complaining about customs in England, so, why? This video is about polite and impolite things you can do or you can’t do in England. You can act respecting or not, other cultures being in the country that you are at that moment. So, it’s your choice!!! I agree with the video. It’s perfect!

  • Minhyuk is MX's Key says:

    These rules aren't bad, these are natural. I support it, may be people call me narrow minded or whatever…. I nevermind

  • iniohos2 says:

    11:55 Please, keep your shoes on! The chic is freaking out even at the thought of it.


    British people are so adorable.

  • Hector Martinez says:

    Did she said there's Mexican food in the UK ?

  • Caribbean Queen says:

    One thing we notice here in Australia is Asian people who don't use hankerchief or blow their nose they just SLURP it up – it's disgusting 😩

  • 李果 says:

    thank you, Jade, I learned a lot from this video.

  • Charlotte R.Webb says:

    I don't know why I'm watching this 😂 I am English, have always lives in England and have never left the country 😂😂

  • Nasr 03 says:

    What !!! No water in toilet 😮

  • Ivan Ivanov says:

    She showed us slurping, burping and I thought she was going to show farting. Bummer.

  • sawa kiwi says:

    I grew up washing my feet and afferd slippers but we have easy clean floors, and disposable slippers 😂

  • Andrew Dodds says:

    I got to admit yes for the most part this Is correct. I'm 19 years old and very polite and non Ignorant I'm British born and bred.

    I must say though one thing you forgot to mention Is ignorance. I hate it my family hate my older generation family hated it.

    And I gotta go admit the younger the person Is like teens or kids generally the more rude and ignorant they are towards other cultures beliefs and values.

    So if you go to England be aware that the youth and yobs especially in city's towns and villages don't hold the same attitudes as the older more mature British poeple.

    I have also got to say a few non British commenters are correct especially the young British generation have no respect for other cultures they go abroad thinking they own the place and can do whatever they want very rude very nasty very Ignorant.

    For example I went to France this year and I was surprised at how little the French poeple we lived near and on days out new anything but a French way of life.

    All they talked was French 98% of them that's all they knew they didn't bother learning English despite It being one of the world's most common languages it's a international languages (other country's have to learn it from a very young age.)

    My grandmother who we went with said "the French are very Ignorant!". I slightly agree and disagree we or myself for one forgot to study at the beginning of the year to learn French which I kept forgetting myself, to-do. I would or could have had a 6 month head start if I studied for a few hours every week.

    But I must say I found the whole expierence of France Wonderful the whole thing was different of course but for the most part just nice poeple and nice weather.

    I must admit I have heard other story's of poeple going to France whereby the local French Can't be bothered with foreigners. You could walk up to someone in a non intimidating manner and simply ask for directions and they say from I have heard get lost or sorry not today. I have heard some unfortunate story's about the French but I haven't expierence it really. I must admit they should learn English like most EU country's do Germany maybe Romania Sweden (I knew someone from Sweden she was fluent In both English and Swedish.)

    It just makes sense how England Is likely 30 miles away over a sea/ocean. And It's a very popular place around the world. Especially in the USA America's ect.

    I do believe we all owe it out of respect to at least study a language very well before we go over it's polite not ignorant and the locals will be pleased.

    You don't have to be fluent although It would help.

    I myself believe everyone should study at least 2 languages over their lifetime because it just makes everyone more multi cultural and able to understand one another.

    I myself for instance I am going to make studying foreign Langauges are hobby a passtime.

    At the moment I study Spanish Italian and Ukrianian.

    I'm hoping not to be fluent but to study the world's top 12 most common languages over the course of 40+ years.

    I know Its highly inadvisible but I find them easy to learn when you try I don't recommend everyone do it (3 at a time) but it keeps me happy!

    A useful tip If you know your going away soon or in the future time to hit the books or start studying. You don't need to be fluent but having a decent to high level will impress and make poeple like you more.

    One useful Tip:
    Education and preparation beats Ignoracne and Rudeness.

  • Pavel Rakitin says:

    Merry Christmas!

  • Aldo Zilli says:

    As a British person I cringe at how impolite we are when it comes to saying hello and goodbye and introducing ourselves and or friends. I lived in Spain and France and they're etiquette is to always say hello/goodbye and always introduce themselves or friends in a social setting. British people are terrible at this. I don't know if it's largely shyness and just rudeness.

  • Ken Wohleking says:

    She has a Mexican “sister” that teaches and sounds just like her. Check out Butterfly Spanish and you’ll see what I mean. Great video!

  • cuiper indy says:

    please, follow Jade advices: do no slurp, burp or fart in public when you're in Uk, unless you are among friends. Elsewhere, no problem. Oh..in case you don't know, "farting" is "to make noise from the other end". Now, this is a really cool way of calling that place: "the other end" .loved it! 🙂

  • Vlad Papper says:

    We say "English leaving" :)))))

  • nanceicecream sunnyday says:

    England is messed up due to the crazy middle eastern migration. The same for France and Germany. England is not England anymore in certain places.


    How I am from india

  • Eluosi says:

    I think it is necessary to show this lesson to the Chinese

  • Andrew Nichols says:

    Missy you sure add colorful drama to the normal abnormal human instinctive behaviors. Lovely air

  • MRZsiir says:

    I live in London and I have to say that I have these issues every day. I would definitely add things to her list, such as covering face when sneezing or coughing and dont pick your nose!
    I have seen an Indian or Pakistani guy picking his nose on train. When he finished it, he simply wiped his finger in the seat… I had to change carriage as it was so disgusting…
    People should be educated…

  • Monika Marciniszyn says:

    Because both nations are famous for their exceptional personal " culture"😁😁

  • Molly Brown says:

    In reflection I realise that manners and unwritten social rules are massive

  • 택일 Taekil Travis Kim says:

    "noisy sex" hahahahahahahah I love this whole series of videos! Thank you!!! <3

  • Sam Do says:

    Jade you are the best ever

  • Mik Kim says:

    Love you! Interestingly narrative and emotional sometimes, genuinely English!

  • shiva sankeerth sangaras says:

    I don't think English people are polite.

  • BR says:


  • Sharonbolment Bolment says:

    Hello Ms. Jade, I am Sharon from Vietnam, I have been following your channel for 4 years. My passion for British accent drives me here. Your accent is super nice, and amazing videos with so many helpful and interesting to learn. I am planning for England this December/ 2019, I want to experience life, culture, engage myself more with local people, not only travel for sight seeing. I hope u can make a video advise us on that, of some activities, program that visitors can join to understand about British culture; I heard of couch surfing too, can u share your knowledge on that. Thank you so much

  • Raul Cabral says:

    If you come to America. Please don't make it a habit of taking your shoes off. We clean house twice a day, and we own 4 or 5 pairs of different shoes. I don't think our shoes are that dirty!

  • Serge Bertet says:

    Eh bien moi je file à l'anglaise (french leave) 😀

  • VOLightPortal says:

    Oh. Chinese tourists are the exact opposite to this.

  • Steve Rogers says:

    I actually lost my shit when she said be on time 😂😂😂 omg know like 5 people who are on time but the rest hahaha

  • Lech Kaczamar says:

    You always choose cool topics, Jade, thanks.

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