Using PUBLIC TRANSPORT: British Etiquette

oh hello, welcome to English Like a Native. My name is Anna, and today we’re talking about transport etiquette. Now before we start, if you prefer to watch these videos with subtitles then all you have to do is press the little CC button which is down in the right-hand corner of this video. I think. Somewhere at the bottom a little CC button, press that and the subtitles will appear. So if you’re using public transport to get around in the UK then there’s a certain etiquette that you should be following; a set of rules that will ensure you don’t get into any trouble, or offend anybody, because let’s be honest during rush hour we can all get a little bit impatient. So before you even get on a train or a bus there are a few things you should be aware of. Firstly, beware the rucksack. If you’re the kind of person to walk around with a huge rucksack then have some spatial awareness. Be aware of the people that you’re, potentially knocking out every time you turn around. it’s probably best to take the rucksack off if you’re in a busy carriage on a train, or if you’re on a bus and there’s lots of other people. Now if you’re visiting London and you’re planning on using the underground we have a rule about standing on the right of the escalator. So as you’re going up or down the escalators if you’re just going to stand you must be on the right hand side; and if you want to stand on the left then you should use that to continue walking, otherwise people will get quite cross if they’re in a hurry and they want to get passed you. Now once you reach the platform or bus stop and your vehicle arrives the polite thing to do is to stand aside, away from the doors and allow those people who want to get off to disembark. Then you’re free to get on without any troubles. So remember when the vehicle arrives stop-and-wait. Once it’s clear then get on, otherwise you might come across as rude if you push on. If the train or bus is really busy and you’re struggling to get on then you could ask everybody to move down, but don’t forget we’re British. We have to use manners. It’s always polite to say ‘please’, “Could you move down please?” Which is also something to bear in mind if you are already on the train or bus and you can see someone struggling to get in then you should also move down. Now you’ve boarded, you’re walking down the carriage, you spot a seat that’s free, you make a beeline, beeline means a direct movement towards something. So you make a beeline for that seat and you have to check first that nobody is sitting there. So if this seat was free but someone’s here maybe they have their paper on the chair or their bag then the best thing to do is to ask them excuse me do you mind if I sit there or excuse me is anybody sitting here and usually they’ll say no it’s fine they move their bag or their paper and let you sit down. Now once you’re on your journey one thing to be very careful of is eye contact. We do not like making eye contact on public transport. So you have to do everything you can to avoid making eye contact with another person and if you happen to make eye contact then keep it brief. Maybe a little smile and look away. Never stare or hold someone’s eye contact for too long it makes us very uncomfortable. Let’s talk about food. Now if you’re planning to eat on public transport then do avoid really smelly and offensive food like boiled eggs for example, or kippers. It’s really not pleasant if someone opens up their very smelly food in a packed carriage of a train; perhaps someone else isn’t feeling very well or they don’t like the smell, yeah so avoid smelly foods. Then of course there’s the obvious etiquette, if you are eating and drinking don’t do it loudly, keep your mouth closed when you’re eating. You’re not a camel. And now you know the basic etiquette of using public transport in the UK. Follow these rules and you will be ok. if you enjoyed this video then don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and do subscribe to this channel if you haven’t already. Now if you are an English language learner then why not join our community and if having a british accent is important to you then why not check out our courses at Finally all that’s left to say is do follow us on social media where I do lots of Facebook live videos, set quiz questions, and keep you up-to-date with everything that’s going on. I hope to see you again here

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