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Codes of Conduct. The Warehouse Madrid Upper-Intermediate Class. Take (expressions). Take a long time Take a lot of risks Take something too seriously Take advice from somebody Take someone for granted Take responsibility for something Take notice of someone/something

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Codes of conduct

Codes of Conduct

The Warehouse Madrid

Upper-Intermediate Class

Take expressions

Take (expressions)

  • Take a long time

  • Take a lot of risks

  • Take something too seriously

  • Take advice from somebody

  • Take someone for granted

  • Take responsibility for something

  • Take notice of someone/something

  • Take time (to do something)

  • Take sides (in arguments)

Do you know english people

Do you know English people?

  • Where and how did you meet them?

  • What are they like?

  • Use four adjectives to describe English people.

    • Proper

    • Shy

    • Clever

    • Opinionated

Are the english friendly

Are the English friendly?

  • After reading the article “Watching the English”, do you think that Kate Walsh thinks that the English are friendly or unfriendly?

    • Why?

Codes of conduct


  • English codes aren’t obvious to everyone.

  • People who commute together don’t often become friends.

  • Weather speak is a common way of starting a conversation with strangers.

  • You should always agree with the person’s opinion about the weather.

  • English people don’t like talking about themselves to strangers.

  • It’s impolite to ask English people about money.

Verb ing

Verb+ ing

  • As part of a continuous verb form:

    • As an Englishman, I was laughing out loud…

    • She was riding her bike when the car honked at her.

    • Where is Greg? He’s taking a shower.

Verb ing1

Verb + ing

  • After prepositions

    • Apart from asking for information…

    • Besides flirting with my sister, he ate all my wedding cake!

Verb ing2

Verb + ing

  • After certain verbs:

    • We also avoidtalking about money.

    • He loves asking people for directions.

    • She enjoys travelling.

Verb ing3

Verb + ing

  • As an adjective:

    • This highly entertaining book looks at…

    • She’s rather boring, isn’t she?

Verb ing4

Verb + ing

  • In reduced relative clauses

    • People standing at a bus stop will often break an uncomfortable silence by…

    • Gliding down the amazon river in a kayak, you’ll soon fall in love with South America.

Verb ing5

Verb + ing

  • Despite

  • In spit of

  • Despite asking her to stay and give them another chance, she left without even saying goodbye.

  • In spite of wanting a new wardrobe, she opted for wearing her clothes from last Fall again.

Verb ing6

Verb + ing

  • As the subject of a verb

  • Talking to strangers on trains just isn’t done.

  • Riding a bus for 8 hours can be uncomfortable.

Verb ing7

Verb + ing

  • After these verbs:

  • Hear

  • See

  • Watch

  • Feel

  • Imagine

  • Stop

  • Love

  • Like

  • Don’t mind

  • Dislike

  • Hate

Verb ing8

Verb + ing

  • As a noun

  • Reading

  • Playing football

  • Cooking

  • Drawing

  • Running

  • Cycling

Verb ing9

Verb + ing

  • After fixed phrases

    • There’s no point in

    • It’s a waster of time

    • It’s not worth

    • It’s no use

  • There’s no point in telling her, she’ll just get upset.

Codes of conduct


  • The section of Kate Fox’s book explaining the rules of queuing is fascinating and the English obey these rules without thinking about it.

  • Jumping a queue will certainly annoy those people queuing properly.

  • However despite feeling intense anger towards the queue jumper, the English will often say nothing – staring angrily is more their style.

  • Then there are the rules for saying please and thank you. The English thank bus drivers, taxi drivers, anyone giving them a service.

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  • In fact the English spend a lot of time saying please and thank you, and they hate not being thanked if they think they deserve it.

  • Not saying thank you will often cause a person to sarcastically shout out, “You’re welcome!”.

Codes of conduct


  • I can’t stand people cutting in front of me in Passport Control.

  • Taking a nap is the best way to relax.

  • I think cycling is really fun.

  • I’m going to the beach next week.

  • I think football is exciting at times, but can be really boring.

  • I really enjoy doing yoga.

  • I’m thinking of learning how to paint next year.

  • I spend a lot of time cleaning my house.

Social codes in the usa

Social Codes in the USA

  • In NYC, staring at someone on the subway could get you into trouble.

  • Queuing or “waiting in line” is absolutely necessary. It’s considered very rude to cut in line.

  • In spite of appearing like an “everything goes” country, there are dress codes in some social situations, like weddings, church and the golf course!

  • We don’t appreciate people not saying “please and thank you”. In fact, like the English, we expect it.

  • Talking to strangers is more acceptable in the U.S. than in England, I suppose. Talking to strange children is a big NO NO, however.

Social codes in the usa1

Social Codes in the USA

  • Talking loudly in public is not as looked down upon as in England, but you can get a dirty glare or even a confrontation.

  • Some subjects are very taboo in the USA. Talking about religion, politics and race with a coworker is usually frowned upon, unless you’ve known them for years and are already familiar with their views. We’re a very PC country.

  • Farting in public or burping in a restaurant might cause offense. Not leaving a tip at a restaurant is definitely offensive towards the server and the restaurant.

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