1. Are your country's people becoming politer?
Back a few decades ago I would say “yes”, but now it is different. In my observations, people seem to only care about themselves and do not often show their politeness toward others. [Crack IELTS with Rob] I have been very surprised, you know, to realize that men are no longer courteous enough to pull out a chair for a woman in a restaurant; young people queuing at the cashier desk at the supermarket are no longer willing to save the turn for elderly people. So, it is the bitter truth.
2. In what ways do your country's people show politeness?
As I mentioned, it is hard to see polite behavior in public places nowadays. However, in certain environments, politeness is well preserved. For example, in school students usually save the elevator for their teachers or friends who are disabled. In the hospital, visitors have been more aware of their noise and try to walk and talk quietly when passing through the area where there are patients. These are behaviors that should be encouraged.
3. What are the uncivilized manners on public transportation?
There are numerous of them I have to say. Some may eat and drink on the bus regardless of the smell that may annoy other passengers, or on the train, some may talk too loudly and bother those who need some rest. [Crack IELTS with Rob] So, to better improve the situation, I think regulations should be posted on these means of public transport so that people know how to behave appropriately.
4. What would you do when this happens?
Well, it may depend on who they are. To young people or those the same age as me, a friendly reminder with a smile may be effective to stop their irritating behavior in peace. But for other people who look rather aggressive, to be honest, being quiet and suffering can be the only way to prevent me from further troubles.
5. Should people show politeness to friends?
Why not? It is really insufficient to believe that politeness should be saved for and given to certain groups of people. Even to friends, politeness is welcomed as it is one of the factors that strengthen the friendship. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Friends can then see each other as a good example and contribute together to the development of a civilized society.