Learning to speak English politely is a multi-faceted task. Not only do you have to learn grammar and vocabulary, but you also have to learn how to use these structures in a way that people understand what you are trying to convey. You may come off sounding rude and offhand when you are actually trying to sound polite. So what are the elements that one can use in English to sound polite?
1. Intonation, which is the rise and fall of the voice, plays a large part in sounding polite in English. Generally it is best to speak in higher tones and in order to avoid sounding dull and uninterested, try and vary the rising and falling of your voice. Try to also not stress any words too strongly as this will make you sound insistent and harsh.
2. Polite phrases, when coupled with polite intonation, are wonderful for making one sound polite in English. English has some amazing phrases that take being polite to the next level. An example of requesting something politely could be along the lines of: “Would you mind terribly if I borrowed your newspaper for a minute?” It is even possible to take a negative comment and make it sound very polite: “You might possibly consider thinking of adding a tiny bit less salt next time”.
3. Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ will go a very long way to helping you sound polite in English. All requests should begin or end with please and always remember to mean it otherwise you will sound sarcastic. And if someone does something for you, compliments you or gives you something, always say thank you.
4. Lastly it is best not to use any negative words or phrases in polite conversations. English speakers also like to use euphemisms, which are softer and more indirect ways to speak about negative things.
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