International Questions and Answers ~Politeness or Friendliness?~

Hello everyone! Today, my seven friends and I, who all live in different countries, will answer the second question that I have prepared. There will be people from Ireland, Uganda, America, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Europe, and Australia to answer this one question. 

Brace yourselves for an interesting post!!!

Question 2: In your opinion, does your country value friendliness or politeness (being respectful or formal) more?

Eliana Duran (USA): Definitely friendliness, though it varies from person to person. We are more informal than polite.

Me (Japan): Politeness all the way. People in Japan act like they are always under other people unless they’re talking to a good friend, a child, or a person their own age. Respect is a good key to friendship and honor in their eyes. 

Aiden Bisagni (Uganda): I would say that politeness is of greater value than friendliness. There is great respect for elders and leaders in the community. For example, it is normal for women and children to kneel when greeting elders or to sit on grass mats while the men sit in chairs for meals and meetings.

Trudy Francis (Australia): Australia doesn’t value politeness as much as they do friendliness. In particular, mateship is something Australia as a nation values the most. Being loyal, true and always willing to lend a hand is something that is engraved in Australian culture and identity.“True Blue” is a slang term referring to the Aussie spirit, and in a song by the same name there’s one line that asks “Is it standin’ by your mate when he’s in a fight?” Most definitely.

Rebekah O’Donovan (Ireland): Absolutely friendliness! We’re known as one of the friendliest countries in Europe! Of course, it does depend on the person, but generally, we’re friendly, though I wouldn’t quite say we’re polite. More like obliging. 

Fe Batoon (Philippines): Oh, definitely friendliness! The Philippines is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. We’re used to a lot of tourists going back and forth. Most people are very friendly, often giving directions in English or showing the best places to eat. 

Politeness and respect to elders is very important as shown in how we greet each other. (: 

Cara Devereux (Europe— Scotland): It varies, depending on the part of the country. On the whole, we’re a pretty friendly nation and we value hospitality. If someone invites you over for coffee, it’s not just coffee, it’s coffee and cake and they’ll probably try to feed you a meal too, if you stay long enough. The other thing I like is that where I grew up, you could go round someone you knew’s house and knock on the door and as long as they weren’t really busy (and sometimes even if they were), they’d invite you in even though they hadn’t invited you and you hadn’t said you were coming. 

One of the things that people from outside Scotland don’t understand is that Scottish people are most rude to those they love the most. I can’t actually think of any appropriate examples, but insulting each other can be a sign of endearment for a lot of people (I’m not saying this is okay, though!).

Abigail Blessing (Malaysia): I think we value friendliness over politeness. Malaysians are generally friendly people and very hospitable.

What did you think about the cultures? Which culture is your culture the closest to? Also, if you have a question you would like answered, comment below: I’m sure the participants will be glad to answer them! 

God bless, everyone! 

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