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Acceptable Behaviours in England #7

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Women in Britain are entitled to equal respect and status as men (and indeed vice versa) in all areas of life and tend to have more independence and responsibility than in some other cultures. For example in the first photo, a lot of girls/women want to be in the army ~ yes, they have been since World War I & II but were doing more 'helpful' work during those times, such as in factories or offices. Nowadays, there are more out on the 'front-line'.

There is still very much the old fashioned "Ladies First" way of thinking, though. Even when having a meal, the man should wait for the lady to take first-bite before he starts to eat:
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Women are usually independent and accustomed to entering public places unaccompanied. It is usual for women to go out and about on their own as well as with friends. Men and women mix freely, but keeping a 'lady-like' appearance and manner is preferable:
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Polite and gentle and lady-like goes a long way ~

Other things you should keep in mind are:

It is ok for women to eat alone in a restaurant.
It is ok for women to wander around on their own.
And we are in the 21st Century, so it is ok for women to drink beer, too

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Acceptable Behaviours in England #6

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Manners are Important

DOs and DON'TS (Taboos) in England #B

Do Drive on the left side of the road - the same as in Japan
Find out more about driving here

Do open doors for other people
Men and women both hold open the door for each other. It depends on who goes through the door first.

Do not greet people with a kiss
We only kiss people who are close friends and relatives.

Avoid talking loudly in public
It is impolite to stare at anyone in public.
 Privacy is highly regarded!

Do not ask a lady her age
It is considered impolite to ask a lady her age.

Do not pick your nose in public
We are disgusted by this. If your nostrils need de-bugging, use a tissue or handkerchief.

Avoid doing gestures such as backslapping and hugging
This is only done among close friends.

Do not spit
Spitting in the street is considered to be very bad mannered!

Do not burp in public
You may feel better by burping loudly after eating or drinking, but other people will not! If you can not stop a burp from bursting out, then cover your mouth with your hand and say 'excuse me' afterwards.

Do not pass wind in public
Now how can I say this politely? Let's say that you want to pass wind. What do you do? Go somewhere private and let it out. If you accidentally pass wind in company say 'pardon me'.

(Basically the best advice is say 'excuse me' for mouth burps and ignore bottom burps.)

Do not ask personal or intimate questions
We like our privacy. Please do not ask questions such as "How much money do you earn?", "How much do you weigh?" or "Why aren't you married?" ~ NO!

See you in the ‘morn ~

Acceptable Behaviours in England #5

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Manners are Important

 ~ DOs and DON'TS (Taboos) in England #A

In England...

Do stand in line:
In England we like to form orderly queues (standing in line) and wait patiently for our turn e.g. boarding a bus. 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).
Nowadays, it is becoming more common to see some men wearing hats indoors. However, this is still seen as being impolite, especially to the older generations.

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 of your 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 considered rude if you don't. You will notice in England that we say 'thank you' a lot (the same as Japan).

Do cover your Mouth:
When yawning or coughing, always cover your mouth with your hand.

Do Shake Hands:
When you are first introduced to someone, shake their right hand with your own right hand.

Do say sorry:
If you accidentally bump into someone, say 'sorry'. They probably will too, even if it was your fault! This is a habit and can be seen as very amusing by an 'outsider'.

Do Smile
A smiling face is a welcoming face.

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Acceptable Behaviours in England #4

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Proper Eating Manners

We all eat continental-style - with a fork in the left hand and a knife in the right (unless you're left-handed, of course ;-). Here are some pointers to our eating habits...

Table Manners
* Use cutlery to eat your meals.
* Keep your mouth closed when chewing.
* Finish one mouthful before starting the next.
* Never put your knife in your mouth, or lick your plate.
* Do not speak with your mouth full.
* Unless there is an imminent threat of the theft of your meal, take your time and enjoy it! You are not just filling up a hole. Overly bulging hamster-cheeks is rude and not attractive.
* Finish your mouthful before taking a drink.
* Never spit food out.
* Make time for family meals, the "family" is the building block of society, so eating together is fundamental.
* Break your bread into small pieces with your fingers and butter it one piece at a time, your butter knife will normally be on (or next to) your side plate. (The only time you should butter a piece of bread without breaking it is your toast at breakfast, as it will normally have been cut in half for you.)
* Do not scrape your plate with your cutlery.
* Never scoop food up with your fork - the tines should always point downwards.
* When only a little soup is remaining, tilt the bowl away from you to enable you to finish it - move your soup spoon from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock and spoon-up the soup.
* Ask “May I get down please” if you’d like to leave the table early.

See more about the English Eating Etiquette here

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Acceptable Behaviours in England #3

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Things to remember when visiting people in their homes

When being entertained at someone's home it is nice to take a gift for the host and hostess. A bottle of wine, a bunch of flowers or some chocolates are all acceptable.

Similar to Japan, British people place considerable value on punctuality. If you agree to meet friends at three o'clock, you can bet that they'll be there at three. Since Britons are very time-conscious, the pace of life may seem very rushed. In Britain, people make great effort to arrive on time. It is often considered impolite to arrive even a few minutes late. If you are unable to keep an appointment, it is expected that you call the person you are meeting.

You should arrive:
* At the exact time specified – for dinner, lunch, or appointments with professors, doctors, and other professionals.
* Any time during the hours specified for teas, receptions, and cocktail parties.
* A few minutes early: for public meetings, plays, concerts, movies, sporting events, classes, church services, and weddings.

If you are invited to someone's house for dinner at half past seven, they will expect you to be there on the dot. An invitation might state "7.30 for 8", in which case you should arrive no later than 7.50. However, if an invitation says "sharp", you must arrive in plenty of time.

Drop in anytime” and “come see me soon” are idioms often used in social settings but seldom meant to be taken literally. It is wise to telephone before visiting someone at home. If you receive a written invitation to an event that says “RSVP”, you should respond to let the person who sent the invitation know whether or not you plan to attend.

Never accept an invitation unless you really plan to go. You may refuse by saying, “Thank you for inviting me, but I will not be able to come.” If after accepting, you are unable to attend, be sure to tell those expecting you as far in advance as possible that you will not be there.

Although it is not necessarily expected that you give a gift to your host, it is considered polite to do so, especially if you have been invited for a meal. Flowers, chocolates or a small gift are all appropriate. A thank-you note or telephone call after the visit is also considered polite and is an appropriate means to express your appreciation for the invitation.

Everyday dress is appropriate for most visits to peoples' homes. You may want to dress more formally when attending a holiday dinner or cultural event, such as a concert or theatre performance.

Introduction and Greeting
It is proper to shake hands with everyone to whom you are introduced, both men and women. An appropriate response to an introduction (as mentioned before) is "Pleased to meet you". If you want to introduce yourself to someone, extend you hand for a handshake and say "Hello, I am....". Hugging is only for friends.

When you accept a dinner invitation, tell your host if you have any dietary restrictions. He or she will want to plan a meal that you can enjoy. The evening meal is the main meal of the day in most parts of Britain.

Food may be served in one of several ways: "family style", by passing the serving plates from one to another around the dining table; "buffet style", with guests serving themselves at the buffet; and "serving style", with the host filling each plate and passing it to each person. Guests usually wait until everyone at their table has been served before they begin to eat.

Food is eaten with a knife and fork (Never by hands or just a knife! And never with your elbows on the table!!), manners THURS 2
and dessert with a spoon and fork.

Sending a thank you note is also considered appropriate.

Have a nice dinner and I will see you tomorrow ...

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