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LSU blog series: Communication etiquette

26 February 2021

3 mins

Welcome to our new blog series by LSU for Loughborough University London students! In this series, we will be discussing a range of different topics and want to know what YOU want read about! In this blog, we will consider communication etiquette within London.

Arriving into London, whether it be as an international student or as a UK student, can be quite a daunting experience and sometimes the hustle and bustle of city life can be a shock at first! However, London is a place to make your mark and have your voice heard.

Every opinion matters and is valued and even unpopular opinions are considered important because without them, there would be no debates. Although London is open to and embraces differentiating opinions, manners are a core part of British culture. Some may even joke that ‘sorry’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ are some of the most common words and phrases used in the English language!

In most cultures, people only say sorry when they have done something that has harmed or offended another person and saying sorry is the same as admitting you are guilty of doing something wrong. Saying phrases such as “maybe’”, “possibly”, “I think that…” or “I was under the impression…” are also commonly used by British speakers. These may make it sound like the person isn’t sure of the answer, but often it just means that they are afraid of sounding rude, arrogant or threatening, and so they choose to “soften” their language instead.

You may notice differences between the way things are done and what you are used to at home. This includes the way people dress, speak and behave, teaching and learning styles, food – and you may experience many other cultural difference. This can be frustrating and disorienting at first, but this is definitely something that you will adjust to over time. You need awareness, curiosity and willingness to discover culturally unfamiliar values and motivators to help you navigate social levels and interactions.

London is an exciting place to study, live and work and there are so many opportunities for you to grow and develop, both personally and professionally. Moving to a new place always takes a little bit of time to adjust to a new way of life, but we have no doubt that you will love it here!


We’d love to hear from you about the topics you’d like to be covered as part of the LSU London blog series.

We would like to thank you to LSU for this blog. You can find out more about LSU here.

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