43 – 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 THURS 17 APRIL, 11:59 p.m.
Reply to a classmate by FRI 18 APRIL, 11:59 p.m.

  52 comments for “43 – Courtesy (Unit 3)

  1. Example 1a
    15 April 2014 at 07:51

    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
    15 April 2014 at 07:52

    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
    15 April 2014 at 07:52

    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
    15 April 2014 at 07:53

    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.

    • Ye-sol 43
      18 April 2014 at 11:55

      I really wanted visit Idia one day! I didn’t know we had to put our palms, bow a little and say “Namaste” because in Korea you shake hands or you bow to older people. I learned that India’s culture is very different to ours. Thank you for the information, I think it will be helpful when I go to India.

  5. Seong-min 43
    15 April 2014 at 11:05

    In Thailand almost people belive buddihsm. So respect about buddihsm things and Don’t take a picture statue of the Buddha in temple. and no sanddle, short cloths in temple.
    Last don’t touch another person’s head and use right hand when you give something to people

    • Joong-kyu 43
      15 April 2014 at 11:19

      In Korea, many people belive buddihsm. So many Buddhist temple. For example Bulguksa In Gyeongju-si. Bulguksa is very awesome and nice !

    • Soon-Ju 43
      15 April 2014 at 14:09

      oh it’s really interest things. i will remember this information.^^

    • 16 April 2014 at 22:52

      WOW! i don’t know thailand people have that etiquette. I learn thailand’s etiquette. Thank you so much ^^.

  6. Joong-kyu 43
    15 April 2014 at 11:16

    I want to advice that KOREA table manners for traveler. Before You start dinner, you look at the superior. In Korea, you start to eat after you superior start to eat. Traditional korea polite is certain that relation of top and bottom. If you traveling to Korea for the first time, you not be suprised to eating time and remember.

    • Seong-min 43
      15 April 2014 at 11:26

      I always eat alone so i don’t care this manner but thank you your tip

  7. Soon-Ju 43
    15 April 2014 at 14:07

    2.What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to Korea for the first time?
    First, when we eat meals. In Amerian, they blow their nose in front of table. But If Korean blow our nose at table, people frown their face naturallly.
    So please blow your nose at outside. Then people think “He/She is very polite person.” .
    Second, in Ameria people put on their shoes at house. But in Korea you must put off our shose at house. If you put on your shoes , you blame other peopletp impolite person.
    Keep in mind, my etiquette then you can adapt in korea culture.

    • Seul-gi 43
      15 April 2014 at 14:13

      It seems to be a really good information
      Thank you for telling me good information Be used conveniently

    • Jun Ha 43
      15 April 2014 at 20:53

      Plus In korea too many reaction is very not good. Your tip is very good

    • 16 April 2014 at 13:12

      I didn’t know American blow their nose in front of table. That is culture shock!

    • EunJi43
      16 April 2014 at 18:26

      i think your information is very useful. I will tell your informations to my foreign friends. Thank you Soon ju!

  8. Seul-gi 43
    15 April 2014 at 14:10

    I think the people are polite
    Because People to protect the basic polite
    For example Most of the people, I am waiting for us people who come running in the elevator
    and you can take to the end the door for the next person when you pass by opening the door
    So I think that people are polite

    • Seong-min 43
      15 April 2014 at 19:14

      I’m polite person. But i push close button, when who come running elevator

    • kim yong chan
      17 April 2014 at 23:37

      it is big temptation. i want close the door and go up early but i do not. umm i think i am polite preson too. wow

  9. 15 April 2014 at 18:28

    1. Do you think people are generally
    polite or impolite? Begin with a
    clear topic sentence then explain
    your main idea with supporting
    details.

    RE: i think polite is maintaining. people in polite have disappeared since 21 century.
    but many people are polite still. Watch tv program like ‘gentleman’. once you watch gentleman, you can show how many people were polite.
    when i took a subway, i often saw a such things.
    for examples, offering one’s seat for a old man..etc

    • Young-duk 43
      17 April 2014 at 10:17

      I think a lot has changed. But we will turn you back from practice.

    • Moon Hong 43
      19 April 2014 at 20:53

      I agree with you. In subway many polite person^^

  10. Jun Ha 43
    15 April 2014 at 20:44

    3. If you go in UK, you must know etiquette of UK. If you go restaurant in UK, you must see your back. Because In UK that you open the door is polite for your back person. And when you walk on the street you don’t spit. Also when you eat food you don’t speak food sound.

  11. 16 April 2014 at 13:07

    3. In South America, when you shake hands pumping only two times. And at dinner, you spoon the soup away from you. When you conversation with another person, you read the conversation what he/she joying things. And one instance great conversation could be, maybe start something with A, B or C. Have you ever been to Anaheim? Have you ever met Beyonce? like this.

    • Si-Eun 43
      17 April 2014 at 01:58

      I could learn a lot from your advice. Thanks.
      Could you tell me how did you know those?

  12. Si-Eun 43
    16 April 2014 at 13:39

    I would tell anyone traveling to Korea to not to talk so much when he/she has meal with Korean. Having some conversation is fine with Korean these days, but speaking with your mouth full of food is go against etiquette. Also, when you drink alcohol with someone older than you, you have to reach out your two hands, and turn your head when you drink it.

    • Baeyeeun
      17 April 2014 at 15:12

      Wow korea is very kind country ! (최고)
      So many foreigner like Korea~

  13. EunJi43
    16 April 2014 at 18:19

    1. Do you think people are generally polite or impolite? Begin with a clear topic sentence then explain your main idea with supporting details.
    I think people are generally impolite. They live for themselves. So they behave impolite. For example, when someone is very busy, they don’t wait elevator for other people . And some people don’t yield sit for the disabled and the aged in subway or bus. And many people have prejudice and ignore foreign workers.

    • Ye-jin43
      17 April 2014 at 00:09

      I agree with your opinion
      When people are busy, pushing or cut in line
      I feel very bad
      I want people to say “I’m sorry..”,”Excuse me..”

  14. Song Myeong Jae
    16 April 2014 at 22:45

    If you plan to travel to south korea, i want to advice something to you.
    South Korea has the strong confucianism. So when we greeting old people , we have to bend our waist. And when we eat food, we should eat after old people start to eat.
    And when we take a subway, we should give up seat for old people. Thank you.

  15. Ye-jin43
    16 April 2014 at 23:58

    3.If you go to china, the food is always remain a plate.
    In Korea, it is polite to empty of food.
    But Blanking plate is understood that the food is low in China
    so, host feel apologetic to guest
    Therefore, It is polite to leave a little food.

    • Young-duk 43
      17 April 2014 at 08:59

      I go to China, I will need to order a lot of food.

    • Kyung Min43
      17 April 2014 at 22:48

      Oh! First became aware of the fact.
      China will go later to use Tips. 😀

  16. Sho-hyun Kim 43
    17 April 2014 at 00:26

    Q2. What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to Korea for the first time?
    A. I think I will advice about an honorific. In English culture, they don’t say an honorific. But I think honorific is so important in Korea. If they say ‘안녕’ to older or higher person, they will think bad.

    • Yu-ri 43
      17 April 2014 at 22:08

      Yes. I sympathize your opinion since i admission to university!!

  17. Young-duk 43
    17 April 2014 at 08:55

    3. If you ever go to Mexico, when conversation comes very close to the people. In Korea people keep reasonable distance but Mexico people keep very close distance. Women comes close to you and is a big mistake if you think that the dash.

  18. Hyun-sung 43
    17 April 2014 at 10:27

    1.Do you think people are generally polite or impolite? Begin with a clear topic sentence then explain your main idea with supporting details.

    I think that people are generally polite. In bus or subway, we are always yield a seat for old people. I think that most people have morals. Morals are different a law. Even if no one teach morals for you, you know that. It is human nature.

    • I An 43
      17 April 2014 at 22:16

      I think that most people are polite.

  19. Baeyeeun
    17 April 2014 at 15:28

    I think people are generally polite
    Because Show the facebook and twitter people upload who’ impolite attitude
    then they comment ” he or she is not human !! ” i think if you are human
    You must be polite.

    • Soo-Jin 43
      18 April 2014 at 00:02

      I agree with your opinion. People usually see their impression with their politeness.

  20. Yu-ri 43
    17 April 2014 at 22:05

    1.Do you think people are generally polite or impolite? Begin with a clear topic sentence then explain your main idea with supporting details.

    I think most people are generally polite.
    If i ask of people that why you doing polite in every they life?
    Maybe, people say that “If i was so rude to another person, they doesn’t likes me.”
    Humans are social being, therefore, they be concious other people’s eyes.
    Of course, some people are so rude that makes a big social trouble.
    For example, subway,library.etc…
    but, such person are so extraordinary.
    most people don’t want to stick out.

  21. I An 43
    17 April 2014 at 22:10

    2.What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to Korea for the first time?

    If I met a person who travel, I will say that you must take off shoes when come into the house to them.
    Koreans do not wear shoes at the house.
    And when take bus or subway, you must offer grandmother and grandfather seat.
    Because Korea respects old man.
    If keep this, you will be polite traveler.

    • su jeong43
      18 April 2014 at 00:02

      Travelers are mistaken when you take your shoes off to get on a bus ride going really made me laugh

  22. Gil-won
    17 April 2014 at 22:11

    2.What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to Korea for the first time?
    If I advise to someone traveling to Korea for the first time, I will advise
    First, you say hello to elder before elder says hello to you.
    Second, you shouldn’t borrow things to elder.
    Last, when you have meal with elder, you must wait to start meal before elder start eating somthing.

  23. Kyung Min43
    17 April 2014 at 22:45

    I think that people should be careful that your first trip to the hand gestures.
    For example, OK hand gesture is a sign of the learned in Korea but, Brazil refers to the insult. In addition, the meaning of the hand gestures a thumbs up to the favorite in Korea but, means sexual bath in Greece.

  24. jin seok
    17 April 2014 at 23:27

    2.korea etiquette are under age person for over age person stand up hims seat and overtalk manner. korea etiquette are almost over and under etiquette.

  25. kim yong chan
    17 April 2014 at 23:29

    1.Do you think people are generally polite or impolite? Begin with a clear topic sentence then explain your main idea with supporting details.
    I think people are generally polite because when people meet first time generally they act polite behavior. even if there’s mind is not, they are polite people. it dose not matter what they think and feel. important thing is that they know they should respect other and they do. i think these people are polite. and being polite have many benefit. maybe most people know that so they act polite behavior.

  26. Soo-Jin 43
    17 April 2014 at 23:44

    1.Do you think people are generally polite or impolite? Begin with a clear topic sentence then explain your main idea with supporting details.
    I think people are generally polite to others because it’s related with their imprssion and it is important to people to get a good impression to others. I usually see person with he or she is polite or impolite.

  27. Moon Hong 43
    17 April 2014 at 23:46

    Q. Do you think people are generally polite or impolite? Begin with a clear topic sentence then explain your main idea with supporting details.
    A. I think people generally polite. Because last year i lose my wallet , but some people pick up my wallet then bring to police office. So i recover my wallet. and if old people stand in bus or subway, many people yield to old people. So i think people generally polite.

  28. su jeong43
    17 April 2014 at 23:57

    Q. What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to Korea for the first time?
    A. if you were served food on the plate
    When returning the plate to give the should not be empty

  29. Ye-sol 43
    18 April 2014 at 12:08

    3. Do you know the etiquette of another culture? What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to another country?
    – If you are planning to travel to America, you should always have an eye-contact when having a conversation, because that is the way to show respect. Otherwise, they might think that you are ignoring them.

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