Unit 4.1

In the personal and public sphere: Relations with the authorities and the government

Interpersonal relations

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Conventions and forms regarding the behaviour with authority

  • Last names and titles should be used unless you are asked to do differently.
  • Questions should be answered at proper moments after another person finished speaking or ask us for an answer. The interruption will be seen as rude.
  • At social or business meetings, it is polite to also shake hands upon leaving.
  • If communication is made by e-mails or letters, it should follow more formal rules of writing.
  • Slang shouldn’t be used when speaking with authorities.
  • If an authority is asking you to do something, you have to do it. As long as it is not dangerous.
  • It is impolite to not look at authority when having a conversation.
  • British people are punctual, try to not be late at any meeting.
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