Mastering Polite English for Work and Play
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Mastering Polite English for Work and Play

Get people to respect and like you more
4.3 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,098 students enrolled
Created by Cerys Vaughan
Last updated 8/2017
Price: Free
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 25 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will be able to speak and write English much more politely.
  • You will find it easier to find work, impress native speakers, get taken more seriously, make people like you more, help diffuse confrontations, show more respect, complain without getting an angry response, get people to say "Yes" to your requests, express difficult emotions without causing conflict, ask someone out on a date, compliment someone and much more.
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  • You should be an intermediate or advanced student of English

Our courses are extremely popular. 

Our other course "Polite English in Forty Minutes" (by the same instructor, Cerys Vaughan) got 1,000 students in the first 5 days.

What some students have said about that course:

  • It's a wonderful course on polite English. Everybody need to take this course.
  • Awesome course. Very useful information. Thank you.
  • Excellent instructress! She speaks fluently, her presentation is clear and her demeanour is calm. Her lessons are well planned and organized and everything is clearly stated on the whiteboard so it is very easy to follow her lectures.

Are you sure that you speak and write English politely?

Even though you don't realise it, other people may think you are being a bit rude sometimes..

This course will take your polite English to the next level.

It will help you:

  • Find more work
  • Impress your boss
  • Impress native speakers
  • Get taken more seriously
  • Make people like you more
  • Help defuse confrontations
  • Show more respect
  • Complain without getting an angry response
  • Get people to say "Yes" to your requests
  • Express difficult emotions without causing conflict
  • Get more dates
  • Have a happier and more relaxed life

This course follows on from our other course "Polite English in Forty Minutes". 

This course:

  • Is a lot longer and has a lot more lessons
  • Goes into subjects in a lot more depth
  • Covers more areas
  • Uses totally different examples

Enroll in the course now, and see you on the other side.

Who is the target audience?
  • You should either be working or studying in English, or plan to do so. You should already have at least an intermediate knowledge of English.
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
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The Basics
4 Lectures 21:47
Introduction to the course

Different ways of saying “please” and “thank you”

Formal letter or polite email

Formal writing
Diplomacy, contradiction and small talk
3 Lectures 20:07
Be more diplomatic

Contradict someone politely

Make polite small talk
Compliments and softeners and Quiz 1
2 Lectures 17:16
How to compliment someone politely

I hope you enjoy doing the quiz.

First download and print the questions and fill in your answers.

Then compare with my answers. 

Sometimes there is more than one correct answer, so you might still be right, even if your answer is different from mine. But hopefully this will be obvious.

Qualifyers as softeners - lecture and Quiz 1
Hedging Strategies and Quiz 2
1 Lecture 04:39
Using hedges to soften what you say
Jobs, letters of complaint, and meeting new people
3 Lectures 21:44
How to write a job application email

How to stay polite when writing a letter of complaint

How to start a conversation with a stranger
Complaining and UK and USA differences
2 Lectures 17:03
How to complain politely

Differences between polite English in the UK and the USA
Three big secrets about being polite in English
3 Lectures 14:50
Polite English big secret 1

Polite English big secret 2

Polite English big secret 3
Quiz 3 and closing thoughts and course summary
1 Lecture 04:05
Closing thoughts and course summary
About the Instructor
Cerys Vaughan
4.5 Average rating
52 Reviews
3,583 Students
2 Courses
English Native Speaking Qualified Teacher

I completed a BA (Ed) at the University of Reading in the UK in Educational Studies that also gave me qualified teacher status in the UK.

I worked as a school teacher in the UK for several years, and I also taught at an international school in Bangkok, Thailand for two years. 

My students at the international school came from many different countries, so the type of English teaching I taught was immersive teaching of English,  and then of course the usual standard English language learning, including phonics, speaking, listening, reading and writing.