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Learn English meaning of manners

Date: Apr 16 2019

Themes: Family, Friend

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives

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From a very young age, many of us are taught to be polite and to have good manners. We are told to be on our best behavior when we have visitors in our home, or when we are in other people’s homes. But just because we are expected to be nice doesn’t mean that everyone has manners.

Some people might have bad manners because no one told them what’s OK or not OK to say around others. It’s difficult to tell someone that their behavior is bad. Would you want to tell someone that?

Gary tells Marni about how his brother has terrible manners. He doesn’t know what to do about it. Find out more in today’s lesson about bad behavior.

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Gary

Gary

Marni

Marni

Gary:  Marni, I don’t know what to do.

Marni:  Why is that?

Gary:  My brother has the worst manners.

Marni:  Oh, no.

Gary:  And I just don’t know what to do. He’s so offensive whenever people are talking, he just doesn’t care what they have to say. He’s burnt so many bridges that friends of mine don’t even want to come to our gatherings anymore.

Marni:  Wow. Do you think he’s aware of this? Or is he unaware of his actions?

Gary:  I don’t think he’s aware of it. I think he’s just an insulting type of guy.

Marni:  Interesting. Well, perhaps you can try to lead by example and be really mindful of the example that you’re setting with manners that you have.

Gary:  I could do that. I hope that he can become considerate of other people and what their thoughts are and how they feel. Do you think that’ll do it?

Marni:  I think that good modeling is really important. And when you’re in a group of people, just trying to steer the conversation away from anything that can get offensive. But it’s important to try be yourself and to show him certain social graces.

Gary:  Yeah.

Marni:  Good luck.

 

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Discussion

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Gary is upset because his brother has bad manners. His brother has made so many people feel uncomfortable that they don’t like to visit anymore. What can Gary do to make his brother more aware of this bad behavior?

Marni suggests that Gary show his brother how to have better manners. She says that Gary can teach his brother by showing his own social graces. Gary thinks this is a good idea and will give it a try.

Do you think it’s important to have good manners? Do you know anyone with bad manners?

 

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I think it is pretty important to have good manners. Good manners show who you are. It is the reflection of one’s personality. Of all the good manners, to me kindness is the most significant one. When I meet a person for the first time, the first thing I look at is whether he/she is kind or not. I believe that all of the good manners come from kindness. If a person is kind, then it is highly likely that he/she has other great features and good manners, too, but certainly as in other cases, there might be some exceptions. 


And if someone has bad manners and their manners irritate me, I simply stop talking to them and explain it to them politely without hurting their feelings if they ask for an explanation. 

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