Be­ing po­lite

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My busi­ness English course is do­ing your lan­guage test on po­lite­ness (“To put it po­litely...”, Busi­ness Spot­light 5/2018). Ex­er­cise 3−F (“Good man­ners”) started a big dis­cus­sion. One of the men found it im­po­lite to tell a col­league who is strug­gling with a ma­chine that you will show them how it works. All the men in the group agreed. Ap­par­ently, men would rather fig­ure out for them­selves how to op­er­ate a ma­chine.

There was a very dif­fer­ent re­sponse from the ladies in the group. It seems that women are used to be­ing helped by other peo­ple — of­ten men — when they strug­gle with a ma­chine. It was in­ter­est­ing to see that the test was put to­gether by a wo­man (Hildegard Ru­dolph). And ev­ery­one in the group re­ally en­joyed do­ing it. Su­san Weiß, Freuden­stadt- Grün­tal

Po­lite­ness: our lan­guage test in is­sue 5/2018

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