Sound More Polite in English

Learn to communicate well and connect in conversations in English with these articles and video lessons

Three Simple Ways to Sound More Polite and Tactful in American English

Have you ever been told that you’re too direct, too demanding, or too aggressive when you’re speaking English, especially at work? Just like kids, when we first learn a language, we focus on communicating clearly in the most straightforward way possible: I’m hungry. I want some pizza. Where is the … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Politely Address People in American English [Culturally Appropriate Titles & Forms of Address]

Today I have a special request for you: Please stop calling me ma’am! You’re probably asking yourself, “But Kim, I’m trying to be more polite when speaking English. Why can’t I call you ma’am?” When I started researching this topic, I noticed that there is a lot of outdated information … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Make Requests and Invitations and State Preferences Using Polite Past Expressions

Have you heard anyone start a request with “I was wondering…” or “I was hoping…” and wanted to know why they used a past form of the verb? Or have you felt a little uncomfortable when inviting someone to do something because you’re concerned they may already have plans or be busy? Maybe … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Give Suggestions and Strong Recommendations Using Polite Language

In this lesson, you’ll how to use verbs of suggestion and adjectives of importance with the subjunctive in that-clauses. These verbs and expressions are used to give strong or urgent recommendations, often in the workplace or at school or university. These recommendations often come from a person of authority, such … Read the article and watch the video lesson