Master Polite English

Learn the 3 Golden Rules and 6 Principles of Polite Speaking in English.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

Do you speak English as a second or foreign language?

Do you have a good level of spoken English but need to learn how to speak in formal situations?

Do you need English for work purposes?

Do you need to speak politely in English in formal situations, such as interviews, meetings, official events?

Do you need to speak English with native speakers?

  • When we speak to people we do not know very well, we should use polite English
  • When we speak politely, we often get better results and make a good impression
  • When we speak politely, we show respect to our conversational partner

Take the course and learn how to speak politely in English.

Learn the 3 Golden Rules of Politeness

Discover the 6 Principles of Polite Speaking

What does the course consist of?

  • 8 videos lessons (and 3 bonus lessons) with lesson notes.
  • Over 1hr of video content

This course is suitable for Intermediate and Advanced speakers of English who need to learn how to speak politely in formal situations.

By the end of this course, you will be a Master of Polite English and will be able to communicate more effectively and appropriately in your professional life.

What are the requirements?

  • You need to have an Intermediate or Advanced level of English
  • You need to have a strong desire to improve your spoken English
  • You need or will need to use English for work or study purposes.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course, you will learn how to speak politely in English.
  • In this course, you will learn strategies for communicating in formal situations with people you do not know well.

Who is the target audience?

  • This is a course for people who speak English as a second language. It is suitable for learners who have an Intermediate or Advanced level of English who need to learn how to speak in a more formal way for work, study or social purposes.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Polite English
What is Politeness?
Section 2: The 6 Principles of Polite English

In this lesson, you will learn about the Uncertainty principle and why it may not be a good idea to appear too confident.


In this lesson, you will learn about the Indirect Question principle and why asking an indirect question may get you better results.


In this lesson, you will learn about the Respecting Intelligence principle and why respecting the other person's intelligence will make them more likely to cooperate with you.


In this lesson, you will learn about the Sensitive Correction principle and why correcting somebody in a polite and sensitive way is more effective than direct correction.


In this lesson, you will learn the Reluctant Disagreement principle and discover why you should show the other person that you don't really want to disagree with them.


In this lesson, you will learn about the Avoid Direct Commands principle and find out why being too bossy will not win you many friends.


In this lesson, you will have the opportunity to review the key points of the course.

Section 3: Bonus video lessons
5 Common Polite Phrases
Complaining Politely
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Indirect Offers

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Instructor Biography

Dylan Gates, English Trainer and Coach

This Is My Story…..

Where was I born?

In a small town just outside London.

What did I study at university?

Humanities, with a focus on English Literature, History and Psychology?

What did I do after leaving university?

I took a course to become an English teacher and have lived and worked in the UK, Ecuador and Spain (where I live now).

How long have I been teaching?

I've been teaching since 1996.

What positions have I held?

I've been a Director of Studies at a British Council accredited school in Central London, Course Director of a Training programme for English teachers (Trinity TESOL), and I've also worked as an English for Academic Purposes tutor at King's College (famous university in London) where I prepared international students for post-graduate study in the UK. Now, I am a self-employed teacher / trainer / blogger / course designer and enjoying the freedom.

What other teaching qualifications do I have?

I have an MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, a Diploma DELTA (advanced teaching qualification) and an E-tutoring certificate.

Is there anything else I would like to mention?

I prefer to call myself a trainer or coach rather than teacher. Learning a new language is like learning any new skill: you need to practise and train every day to become better at doing it. I hope that people watch my course and then go out and practise speaking English with other people.

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