52 – Courtesy (Unit 3)

Bad manners

Write a short paragraph answering ONE of the following questions (50 words):

  1. Do you think people are generally polite or impolite? Begin with a clear topic sentence then explain your main idea with supporting details.
  2. What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to Korea for the first time?
  3. Do you know the etiquette of another culture? What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to another country? Everyone try to write about a different culture.

Your paragraph is DUE WED 16 APRIL, 11:59 p.m.
Reply to a classmate by THURS 17 APRIL, 11:59 p.m.

  37 comments for “52 – Courtesy (Unit 3)

  1. Example 1a
    13 April 2014 at 16:01

    1a. I think people are generally polite. We all know that talking loudly on your cellphone on the subway is rude to other people. Last weekend I was on the subway, and I saw a man talking on his phone. Because he did not want to bother anyone, he covered his mouth his hand and spoke quietly. I was impressed, but I don’t think this behavior is unusual. I see it a lot!

  2. Example 1b
    13 April 2014 at 16:02

    1b. I think people are generally impolite. The other day I was at the customer service center of a store. Customers weren’t given a number, so I waited in line. When it was my turn, a woman came up to the counter and started talking to the agent as if I wasn’t there. Fortunately, the agent told the woman that I was first and to please wait her turn. The woman acted as if she had been insulted. Stuff like this happens all the time!

  3. Example 2
    13 April 2014 at 16:03

    2. I would tell anyone traveling to Korea to not be surprised by people walking on the left. People around the world who drive on the right side also walk on the right side. Koreans, however, have driven on the right side while walking on the left. A few years ago, the Korean government changed this. There have been efforts to remind people to walk on the right side, but many people still walk on the left. I guess old habits are hard to break.

  4. Example 3
    13 April 2014 at 16:04

    3. If you ever go to India, here are some tips on what to do (or not do) with your hands. First, instead of shaking someone’s hand when greeting them, put the palms of your hands together, bow a little, and say, “Namaste.” Also, if you need to point to somewhere, don’t use your fingers. Instead, use your whole hand or your chin. That’s right! Use your chin! You may have to practice that one a little before you go.

  5. So Hee 52
    14 April 2014 at 21:09

    2. I’ll tell you about the etiquette of Korea.
    In Korea, When the elders pick up the spoon, then we can begin eating and we can get up and leave only after the elders get up and leave first.
    You should concede your seat to the old and feeble, the pregnant, and handicapped in the subway.
    In addition, adults who need to use the honorific expressions. This is very important.
    Because Korea is deeply embedded in the roots of Confucianism.
    Please keep in mind!

    • Min-jeong,Nam
      15 April 2014 at 17:15

      If I make foreign-freinds, I’ll tell them about what you said if they travel Korea. .:)

  6. Da-hee 52
    15 April 2014 at 16:06

    3.I’ll tell you about Japanese etiquette.
    First In Korea, the right pass but Japan is left pass,so we should be placed left blank.
    and Japanese subway is very narrow,so don’t twist legs.
    Finally Japan has different greeting .in morning say ohiyo Gojyayi Mars in lunch say gonni jjiwa
    and in dinner say gonbangwa .
    When you go to Japan be useful this etiquette.

    • Ye Ji 52
      16 April 2014 at 00:28

      Hi Dahee! Thanks to your impormation. When I went to Japan I will not twist the legs.

  7. Min-jeong,Nam
    15 April 2014 at 17:12

    3.I’ll tell you about the etiquette of France.
    In France, when you eat a fish dish, you shouldn’t reverse it. it is not the etiquette.
    if you reverse it with your mistake, you may hear.. ‘ barbarian ‘.
    In France, table manners are really important.
    And when you meet people, you have to shake hanhs with them every times.
    Handshking is a life to French.
    If you are invited to French. Polite guests usully come 10 minutes after the time of the invitation. Visiting with the simple present is polite. The present is commonly a chocolate or the flower.

    • Yeon-ju 52
      17 April 2014 at 00:00

      The etiquette of France is very interesting and useful!!

  8. Do-Hee 52
    15 April 2014 at 22:31

    I’ll tell someone traveling to korea about drink culture.
    when you drink alcohol with elder, you have to drink alcohol with head turned against elder.
    and if elder pour alcohol a cup for you, you have to receive liquor with two hands.
    That is old culture.
    If you do not, you can give a bad impression to elder.

    • Kyung-Jun 52
      15 April 2014 at 22:44

      i think it is very good tips

  9. Kyung-Jun 52
    15 April 2014 at 22:42

    3. i know the etiquette of some western curture. they have tip culture. if you go restaurant in u.s, after you eating, you’ll give tips. but if you feel uncomfortable, you do not have to give tips. and when you call a waiters. in korea, people calls waiters any time, but in western culture, you call waiters when they are close to you.

    • Ye Ji 52
      16 April 2014 at 01:04

      Hi Kyungjun. Information provided by you when I went to Europe will be useful. I’ll remember. Thank you.

  10. Ye Ji 52
    16 April 2014 at 00:20

    I explain table manners in Korea. Don’t holding a rice bowl and soup bowl to eat. Also, You can take some out before eating it, however you can’t stop eating it during the meal. Another rule relating to the meal is not using mobile phone during the meal and taking the phone outside with you when there is a cell.

    • Hyeon Ah 52
      16 April 2014 at 09:01

      Hi, Ye Ji. I think you point well about Korean culture.

  11. Hyeon Ah 52
    16 April 2014 at 08:57

    3.I’ll tell you about the etiquette of China. In China, people usually eat round table. It’s turning table. So if you want to eat some dishes, you have to spin the table. You may have to know that the most inside of seats calls a seat of honor and most important person or the oldest person sits there.
    And when you eat fishes, don’t turn them inside out. Becase there is a custom that people think if a fish is turned inside out, fishing boat also will be turned inside out. Just wait, clerks will do that.
    One more, don’t lower your head when you eat food. Because they think only animals eat something lowering their head. So I suggest that you raise your head and have a friendly talk when you eat.

    • So Hee 52
      17 April 2014 at 20:08

      HI hyeon! I am happy to know I did not know about.

  12. Se-Vin52
    16 April 2014 at 09:26

    1. I think people are generally polite. Most of people know offer their seats to elderly people.
    I take the bus to school everyday. So i can see peope offer their seats to elderly people. of course me too. People offer their seats make me smile.
    So I think most of us are polite

    • Do-won 52
      16 April 2014 at 13:00

      I can see this situation, too. In this time, people are polite.

    • Tae-ju 52
      16 April 2014 at 21:34

      Me too.

      We are healthy yet~ haha

      Let’s offer our seats in that situation!

  13. Do-won 52
    16 April 2014 at 12:57

    1. I think people are generally impolite. I learned that if people hate other people intentionally or unconsciously, they should apologize. But, sometimes I can’t see that. When we walk along the street, for example, we are hit a strager’s shoulder. In this time, I think we should say “sorry”. But, today people disregard “sorry”. So, I think people are not generally polite.

  14. Ji soo
    16 April 2014 at 16:48

    I’ll introduce you to the ‘Austrailia’ etiquette.
    First, two people are walking into each other. and they have to apologize each other, even though who have fault first.
    Second, you use restroom, and then, leave the door ajar. beause ‘close the door’ means some people are in there. so the people can’t knock on the door, because of rudeness. if you close the door, a person of a later, waits constantly.
    Third, if you have drinking party, when you ‘bottoms up!’, you have to eye contact with everypeople who participate in.

    • Yeon-jin 52
      16 April 2014 at 18:42

      Very interesting

    • A Reum 52
      17 April 2014 at 09:27

      That’s very intersting! Very useful information 🙂

  15. Yeon-jin 52
    16 April 2014 at 18:41

    I will teach to foreigners about the honorific
    They are very difficult for this.
    In foreign countries, there is no concept of honorific
    Manners are most important in Korea.
    Therefore, it is misleading to not know something like this

  16. Tae-ju 52
    16 April 2014 at 21:27

    I’ll tell someone traveling to korea to be careful sit for senior in subway or bus.
    In the korea, there are sit for senior or pregnant women.
    If not be relevant person sit there , another people look at sitting person with scary eyes.
    So i wanna tell to foreigner is be careful that sit!

    • Tae-ju 52
      16 April 2014 at 21:31

      sit X seat O
      My mistake

    • So Hee 52
      17 April 2014 at 20:11

      Hi Tae-ju Thank you good information.
      Sense to fix a mistake is great!

      • DoHee52
        17 April 2014 at 23:30

        That is great advice. I think courtesy is very improtant.

  17. MinJeong Kim
    16 April 2014 at 22:36

    i’ll tell you about honorific.
    In Korea, you should use the honorific your elders.
    Confucianism has deep roots in our society, so we should respect our elders.
    Don’t forget what I told you and lay it to heart when you visit korea.

  18. Hyun Seo 52
    16 April 2014 at 22:41

    3. Culture Etiquette Of Philippines
    when someone lated at the appointment several times, we think the man who is lazy and irresponsible.
    On the contrary in the Philippines, being late for appointment is a common sight.
    because the country is tropical climate ,so nature of the local population is slow.
    If you’ll meet a friend who is a Filipino , don’t early arrive there ,or you’ll wait long time.

  19. Yeon-ju 52
    16 April 2014 at 23:46

    3. I’ll tell you about the etiquette of Greece.
    The Greeks food is varied and rich. So dinner time is usually late side.
    They think that lunch time is most important. That time is sometime the head of association and served with conversation, song, dance.
    They don’t eat alone in restaurant and order a meal as group. And they prefer outdoor table rather than indoor.

  20. Seok Hyeon Hwang
    16 April 2014 at 23:57

    I think usually people are polite but someone are impolite. Almost everyone are power off their cellphone in the theater. But, last winter vacation I went to theather for movie. Before start movie I was power off my cell phone. And almost people were power off their cell phone, too. But in front of my seat person was not power off his cell phone. And he was keeping his KaKao Talk…….. So I had a think. Impolite person is always existence.

  21. A Reum 52
    17 April 2014 at 10:05

    I think nowadays most people are impolite. When i go to school by bus, bus drivers are very impolite. When old people got on the bus, the bus departed before old people seat. So old people nearly fell over. I think bus driver doesn’t show enough consideration for old people.

  22. Tae-hyeon 52
    17 April 2014 at 20:30

    3.etiquette of thailand

    The Thais are well known for friendly.
    But should not touch the head. They think that head is very sacred.
    And also don’t stepped on threshold. Because, they believe soul is indwell in threshold.
    And absoultely do not touch people with foot. That’s very rude behavior in thailand.

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