Are you working from home?

Are you working from home?

William Hanson

As many of us are going to be working from home for some time, etiquette coach William Hanson from The English Manner gives some suggested tips as to how to effectively video conference from home with colleagues and co-workers.

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Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

  •  Executive Director of The English Manner
  • Working from home
  • Foreseeable future
  • Video conference etiquette
  • Well lit
  • The angle is good
  • The sound and the connection is spot on
  • That’s what you want to aim for
  • The person on the conference
  • Focus on what you are saying
  • Neutral and dull as possible
  • Some of the mistakes that people make
  • Dianna, are you still there
  • I can see you.. hello….
  • The angle is critical
  • The lens of the camera pointing directly at your eyes
  • Devices with cameras built into them
  • The last ten or more years
  • Lighting is key
  • Please test it in advance
  •  An anonymous whistle blower on the news
  • The person you’re speaking to
  • It’s taking up a bit of their time
  • Shut the door
  • Before you start
  • Dressing to impress
  • Nobody works from home in a suit
  • This is too much and this is too little
  • What to do and what not to do when we video conference from home
  • I hope you stay safe and healthy
How do you drink your coffee?

How do you drink your coffee?

William Hanson

Join etiquette expert William Hanson to learn about the many different accoutrements in the world of proper coffee making.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• A nation of tea drinkers

• Proper coffee
• Which requires all these accoutrements
• First thing in the morning
• Coffee beans
• Fresh ground coffee
• Cafetière
• A coffee cup
• It is completely round
• A dinner party
• Wide awake
• Demitas cup
• Demitas spoon
• A brown sugar
• A molasses sugar
• Serving milk
• Frothed milk
• Froth away until your heart’s content
• Don’t dunk it in your coffee ‘cause that is common
• Ready ground beans

How do you drink your afternoon tea?

How do you drink your afternoon tea?

William Hanson

Leading UK etiquette coach and broadcaster William Hanson demonstrates the correct way to enjoy afternoon tea.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• A traditional English afternoon tea
• The napkin
• Place it on your lap
• Loose leaf tea
• A tea strainer
• When it comes to stirring
• Back and forth
• Round and round
• Creating an awful racket
• Break the scones with our hands in two
• Put the jam on first and the cream on last
• Do as you please
• Never sandwich the two together
• A pastry fork
• Upturned in the right hand
• Dab your mouth not wipe
• How to have afternoon tea the correct way

DIY – Christmas Tree Napkin

DIY – Christmas Tree Napkin

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NAPKIN ETIQUETTE

Placing the Napkin in Your Lap    Place the napkin in your lap immediately upon seating. If there is a host or hostess, wait for him or her to take their napkin off the table and place it in his or her lap. (An exception to this rule is buffet-style meals, where you should unfold your napkin when you start eating.)

Unfolding the Napkin    Unfold your napkin in one smooth motion without “snapping” or “shaking” it open.

The size determines how you unfold a napkin in your lap.

  • Large napkins are unfolded halfway.
  • Smaller napkins are unfolded completely and cover the lap fully.

 Don’t Tuck the Napkin    Don’t tuck a napkin into your collar, between the buttons of your shirt, or in your belt.

 Using the Napkin   Use your napkin frequently during the meal to blot or pat, not wipe, your lips. Blot your lips before taking a drink of your beverage.

 Napkin Rings   If a napkin ring is present, after removing your napkin, place the ring to the top-left of the setting. At the end of the meal, grasp the napkin in the center, pull it through the ring, and lay it on the table with the point facing the center of the table.

 Temporarily Leaving the Table   When leaving the table temporarily, put your napkin on your chair. If the chair is upholstered, place the napkin soiled side up.

 Placing the Napkin at the End of the Meal   At the end of the meal :

  • The napkin is loosely folded at the end of the meal.
  • If a plate is in the center of your place setting, when leaving the table lay the napkin to the left of the plate.
  • If the center of your place setting is empty, the napkin is laid in the middle of the place setting.
  • Leave your napkin in loose folds that keep soiled parts hidden.
  • If after-dinner coffee is served at the table, the napkin remains in the lap.
source : (Etiquette Scholar)

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English Cream Tea Etiquette

English Cream Tea Etiquette

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Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • English Cream Tea Etiquette
  • My teapot has got a strainer inside it
  • Tea first, milk second is the done thing
  • I’m going to have mine black
  • Not as simple as it sounds
  • Cup and saucer
  • An etiquette expert
  • The answer to whether you pick up the cup and saucer lies in the height of the table
  • We used to think that was the posh way
  • There is more to that than meets the eye
  • The posh way is forward and back
  • Sugar cubes
  • Hands on your lap when you’re not using them
  • Freshly baked
  • Etiquette is all about politeness
  • Communal dishes
  • That’s not considered the best manners
  • This is one of our greatest British traditions
  • It is something to be proud of