Author: MICHEL SAENZ ELIZONDO
CUSTOMS / TRADITIONS
The English are said to be reserved in manners, dress and speech. We are famousfor our politeness, self-discipline and especially for our sense of humour. Basic politeness (please, thank you, excuse me) is expected.
How to greet someone
English people are quite reservedwhen greeting one another. A greeting can be a bright 'Hello' 'Hi' or 'Good morning', when you arrive at work or at school.
Terms of Endearment - Names we may call you
You may be called by manydifferent 'affectionate' names, according to which part of the England you are visiting. Do not be offended, this is quite normal. For example, you may be called dear, dearie, flower, love, chick,chuck, me duck, me duckie, mate, guv, son, ma'am, madam, miss, sir, or treacle, according to your sex, age and location.
Visiting people in their houses
When being entertained at someone's home it isnice to take a gift for the host and hostess. A bottle of wine, bunch of flowers or chocolates are all acceptable.
Sending a thank you note is also considered appropriate.
We eatcontinental style, with fork in the left hand and the knife in the right.
Do stand in line:
In England we like to form orderly queues (standing in line) and wait patiently for our turn e.g. boarding abus. It is usual to queue when required, and expected that you will take your correct turn and not push in front. 'Queue jumping' is frowned upon.
Do take your hat off when you go indoors (men only)It is impolite for men to wear hats indoors especially in churches.
Do say "Excuse Me":
If someone is blocking your way and you would like them to move, say excuse me and they will move out ofyour way.
Do Pay as you Go:
Pay for drinks as you order them in pubs and other types of bars.
Do say "Please" and "Thank you":
It is very good manners to say "please" and "thank you". It is...