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I have noticed....

08.06.08, 20:15
that English phone don't tend to introduce themselves on the phone .
Maybe it is another 'culture difference'?
I was taught in Poland that when phone Bank,council,...... someone's
private number ( except friends, family) I should introduce myself.

People here just phone and ask "May I speak to ..." But I always
think: whom are you? Shouldn't you introduce yourself?

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      • jonathan.oakley Re: I have noticed.... 08.06.08, 22:57
        In 2006 Skpe conducted a survey - 'Talk for Britain' - and
        discovered that 75% of people surveyed admitted to talking to family
        and friends while on the toilet; 17% confessed to having fallen
        asleep while chatting on their mobiles! If I make a business call I
        always introduce myself as I believe that is the proper etiquette.
        • 10iwonka10 Re: I have noticed.... 10.06.08, 09:20
          >>>>>discovered that 75% of people surveyed admitted to talking to
          family and friends while on the toilet; 17% confessed to having
          fallen asleep while chatting on their mobiles!>>>>

          A bit rude :-)It reminds me 'peep show'there was one episode when
          boyfriend finished off with his girlfriend -on the phone- when
          sitting on the toilet.

          But it is strange as we Polish usually assume that all good manners
          come form traditional- well mannered Britons but it is not always a
          case.



    • Gość: polishhamster Re: I have noticed.... IP: 62.69.217.* 11.06.08, 16:01
      Yes, you're right, but I think a (social) phone call goes like this:
      A (answers): 4993940 / Hello?
      B: Oh, hello, is Jonathan there?
      A: Yes, I'll just get him. Who's calling?
      B: It's Pete.
      A: Hang on.....sorry, he isn't in... can I take a message?
      B: No, it's OK, I'll try him on his mobile again.

      ...

      And at work:
      A: Good morning, Webster & Sons
      B: Oh, hello, could I speak to Mr Smith, please?
      A: I'm afraid he's in a meeting at the moment. Can I take a message?
      B: Yes, could you tell him that Peter Jones called? It's not urgent.
      A: Certainly.

      ...

      I think you're right in that in Poland you should introduce yourself and in the
      UK it isn't necessary, but you should then remember to ASK who's calling!! It's
      the same with messages... in the UK the receiver of the call usually asks 'can I
      take a message' whereas in Poland the caller usually asks to leave a message.
        • 10iwonka10 Re: I have noticed.... 12.06.08, 14:30
          differences...differences..... But also noticed
          another 'difference'.to be 1:1 draw as this one is positive for
          England.

          Last year I went to notary office in Krakow to ask about something.
          Woman tehre talked with me standing near the door. I found it a bit
          rude . In the end as potential client and I can bring her some
          business and income. I think that in England in similar situation I
          would be asked to sit down and someone wouldhave a chat we me.

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