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Questions to ask about linguistic politeness

 
 
Reply Tue 6 Jun, 2017 02:12 pm
Hey!
So, I am from Hungary and I am currently an English Major. One of my classes require a four-page interview about linguistic politeness with a person who speaks English but it is not his first language. My interviewee is Polish, and I know how they are considered rather 'direct' compared to British people, but apart from a few obvious questions, I am completely at loss. Could you guys please help me come up with questions to ask him about his culture and linguistic politeness in that matter?
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layman
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jun, 2017 02:17 pm
@Shiroku96,
Not sure exactly what your question is, but my first question to anyone with a foreign accent is generally: "You aint from around these here parts, is ya, boy?" In the meantime, while politely awaiting an answer, I am slipping on my brass knuckles.
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georgeob1
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jun, 2017 03:26 pm
@Shiroku96,
I assume the question involves how, in the case at hand, a Polish person with moderate proficiency in English can avoid impolite expressions while speaking with a "native" English speaker from the UK, Canada, the USA, Australia or New Zealand. Correct?

That's a difficult question as I assume the real risk is avoiding the traps associated with unique or unusual local meanings attached to words or expressions. In the case of English there is a great deal of variety in this area from Britain to Scotland, and in the USA & Canada from region to region. Australia is an entirely different challenge. Americans are generally more direct in their speech than the British, perhaps in the same way you referred to Poles.
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centrox
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jun, 2017 03:41 pm
Saying "Your mother has nice tits" or "Your sister is a double bagger" are probably not polite in Poland.
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camlok
 
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Reply Tue 6 Jun, 2017 09:42 pm
@Shiroku96,
Ask him how he feels things differ as regards your topic in Polish versus English.
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