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  • Hi, I'm Joel. And I'm Lia and today we're talking about British manners and etiquette.

  • So welcome back to another episode in our series of how to be British.

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  • Lovely. So...

  • Today, we're talking about British manners and etiquette.

  • Most of this is just going to be stuff like that we've observed that we thing is important to share...

  • and things that we hold dear as well, like, starting off

  • I can't stand it when people don't queue and it's obviously

  • foreigners, which is fine because they don't know the rules, but British people all know you queue

  • and I know that's my problem.

  • That British people queue too much. But we love the queue.

  • It's so important stand and wait your turn in a queue.

  • If you don't, everyone will hate you.

  • But no one will do anything.

  • Everyone will silently - you'll just feel everyone looking at you at the back of your head, just like "I hate you".

  • Although some people... some bullshit people will speak up and say something. "Oi, there's a line here!"

  • Yeah, just like that.

  • Yeah. It's usually people that accent that say it.

  • They'll pop up and everyone's grateful for them.

  • Yeah, not every culture has queuing. I know in America they don't really...

  • queue as much firstly they say 'line', they don't say 'queue'.

  • But, secondly, they just kind of all...

  • gather in a big throng around wherever they're going and they just remember where they are.

  • That must be infuriating.

  • It just takes pressure off if you just know... if you just stand in line, and you're like "okay I know where I am. I know that I just look at the person in front of me."

  • Yeah. Oh, I can't think of anything worse than being in a clump. I mean, "We got here first". "No, we did."

  • "No, we were here before you." "Oh, no, you were here before them."

  • Yeah.

  • Another thing, uh, to mention with, umm, British manners and etiquette is just the simplicity of saying "please" and "thank you".

  • So if you're going to come to the UK or, you know, if you're trying to just be more British

  • one of the things you should always do is say "please".

  • Constantly. We've encountered when we've done, like, promo work

  • that people that aren't from the UK are more likely to be like "Give me, give me that."

  • and not even kind of have that just like give me that... that... or like being quite rude.

  • But all it is is inserting an extra word, "please".

  • But it is kind of stupid that we have that it's like

  • Why do we have to like tiptoe around and be like "please, could we..."

  • But we just love a 'please'.

  • Love a 'please' and love a 'thank you'.

  • Yeah, so, if in doubt, just say "please" and "thank you" all the time.

  • All the time

  • All the time. You can't say it too many times.

  • Yeah, and 'sorry' is a good one as well.

  • "Sorry". Even when you're not sorry just say "sorry".

  • If someone walks into you say "sorry".

  • Yeah.

  • Someone stands on your foot. "Yeah, sorry."

  • If someone mugs you and takes your phone, say "sorry".

  • If someone starts beating you up on the street just keep saying "sorry".

  • just say "sorry" over and over again. "Sorry", and maybe the occasional "thank you".

  • Thank you.

  • They stop. They stop beating you up for a bit you're like "thanks, thanks".

  • "Thanks, I needed that. Thank you."

  • Saying "thank you". Sending a thank-you card as well.

  • Yeah, people do that all the time.

  • I was always brought up, like... I think most people were, I feel like.

  • Send a thank you card. After birthdays, like, you send everyone a thank-you card. Say "thank you" after everything.

  • Yeah, after Christmas send everyone a thank-you card saying "Thank you for that lovely present."

  • Even if you hated it.

  • That's the point.

  • Yeah.

  • We are so in sync.

  • We are so in sync.

  • Yeah, NSYNC.

  • Oh, they were great, weren't they?

  • So, one that's very London-based is... just to all tourists if you ever come to the UK, or people around the UK that are coming to London.

  • Do not get on the Tube until the people have come off of the tube.

  • Oh my God. It's so annoying. They even announce it.

  • They say "Please let people off the tube before you get on". And like the doors open and everyone's there, and you're like

  • they're all streaming on. You're like "Get out of the way!"

  • You're supposed to wait until everyone's got off before you try to get on and it's always people that aren't from the UK

  • that just like push their way on and you're like "You have to wait."

  • Silly person.

  • I hate it so much. That's a really good one to mention.

  • We're just trying to change the world one viewer at a time.

  • One viewer at a time.

  • If we've even taught one of you to come on holiday to London and not get on the tube until someone's got off...

  • Then we've done our job.

  • So if you're out having a group meal in England...

  • It's normal for you to wait until everybody's food has arrived until you start eating, and I'm sure that's probably very similar everywhere else...

  • Definitely, and another one similar to that I noticed when I went to America

  • that the waitresses come and take away empty plates before everyone's finished eating.

  • If there's empty plates they'll take them. In the UK that's seen as rude like you shouldn't clear the table until everyone's finished eating.

  • And then you take the plates away.

  • And so we were just sat there like... okay, this is rude.

  • I hate it so much. If me and you were eating, and you finish first and your plate is taken...

  • and I'm left there with my plate

  • I don't tip.

  • They are not getting a tip. Because you've made me feel like he's waiting for me, like I'm too slow...

  • and like it's just and all the focus is now on my plate looking at what I've got left.

  • And if you were trying to enjoy your meal and someone was reaching over you to take empty plates and stuff

  • you're like "I'm just trying to have a quiet, nice meal and you're trying to clear off the table. Like, leave me alone."

  • It's so horrible.

  • So guys that's just a few things that we've noticed and we wanted to share.

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  • Yeah, definitely. And don't get to leave a comment down below if you're not from the UK

  • to let us know whether these things are the same in your country or what are some things that are good manners in your country.

  • Lovely.

  • Don't eat with your mouth open.

  • Bye children!

  • Be polite. "Please" and "thank you". Bye.

  • "Please" and "thank you", so true.

  • Thank you for watching. Please come back next time. I just spat everywhere.

  • No, really, thank you. No. Thank you so much.

Hi, I'm Joel. And I'm Lia and today we're talking about British manners and etiquette.

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