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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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!”.
  • 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.