We Love English

28 oct. 2013

American versus British politeness

Watch this TED video presentation where lecturer Lynne Murphy talks about what politeness means for British and Americans, and why this can create miscommunication across those cultures.


After watching the video discuss this in class:
- Try to recall idiomatic expressions Lynne Murphy uses which include the word "face". Think of other expressions with the same word.
- Which is Lynne Murphy´s conclusion about who is more polite, Americans or British? Why?
- What´s the implicit difference in meaning for "I love..." and "Thank you" for British and American people?


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