6 Principles of Polite English

Watch the videos below to become a Master of Polite English:

1. The Uncertainty Principle –  This principle states that you should show some uncertainty when giving your opinion.

2. The Indirect Question Principle – This principle states that you using indirect questions and question tags will make you sound more polite.

3. The Respect Intelligence Principle – This principle states that you should credit the other person with intelligence and knowledge.

4. The Sensitive Correction Principle – This principle states that you should correct errors and mistakes in a sensitive way so that the other person does not lose face.

5. The Reluctant Disagreement Principle – This principle states that you should show the other person that you are not happy or comfortable when you disagree with them.

6. The Avoid Direct Commands Principle – This principle states that you should try to avoid direct commands and orders because they make it sound like you are imposing on them.

Well done. You should now understand why it is so important to speak politely in English.

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