A "polite" person is someone...

Une personne "polie" est une

who shows courtesy and chivalry

who says please and thank you

who says "please" and "thank you"

who knows how to correspond with others.

that avoids touchy subjects.

who has good manners

who is careful to not say anything offensive.

who is careful with words and gestures to not offend

who is considerate

who does not only think of themselves.

who is considerate of others

who has manners

who says and does the proper things

who respects others

who speaks and acts kindly to you.

who treats you with respect

who is courteous

who does not make a fuss about his/her rights.

who does not interrupt someone in a conversation.

who has tact but is still open

who treats everyone with respect

who phrases his criticism and comments tactfully.

who respects other people's feelings

who gives the seat to old person in the train.

who is aware of others and kind to everyone.

who shows deference, consideration for others

who says 'please' and 'thankyou'

opens doors, doesn't talk too much



qui dit bonjour

bien élevé...

qui sait tenir la porte aux dames

qui sait vivre en sociéte

respecte les règles de courtousie.

qui n'embarrasse personne.



bien élevée

qui vous respecte

qui ouvre les portes pour les autres.


bien élevée

qui dit bonjour et merci

qui dit bonjour, merci, et s'il vous plait

à priori intéressante

bien élevée

souriante et attentionnée

qui se maîtrise


qui sait se taire

qui remercie, dit bonjour

qui sait dire merci


----At first I thought that the respones were very similar. After a second, closer look, I noticed that the French responses only delt with the outer apperance; the responses were mainly about a person who said "please" and "thank you" and seemed nice to others. On the other hand, several of the American responses were about emotions; they thought that a polite person was someone who was careful not to hurt others' feelings by saying the wrong thing. So do you think that the French associate politeness just with appearance and the Americans associate politeness with actual feelings?

----Pour repondre a Deepa Patel, je pense que l'origine de la difference de reponses n'est qu'un probleme de vocabulaire. Quand en France on parle d'une personne "polie", on se refere uniquement a sa maniere de se comporter (galant, "merci,madame", "enchante fait votre connaissance", etc ...). Pour dire qu'une personne respecte l'autre et cherche a lui etre agreable, on emploierais plutot le terme "attentionne" par exemple.