Etiquette for everyday. Part 2.

Hope this topic is still interesting to you.

As we already know, the knowledge of  simple rules of etiquette will help you gain confidence, show a level of culture that will ingratiate you with even the most “well-bred” of folk, and make a great impression in any situation.   

Let’s learn more about the etiquette code.

Public places. 

Following the proper etiquette in public places and considering the interests of everyone will help you easily and safely reach your destination and avoid confrontation.

Entrance and Exit 
  • Once in the building, use the designated entrance and exit doors. If there is only one door, you must follow the rule of the right hand: first let people out and then enter the building.  
  • Younger people have to let the elderly go first and hold a door for them.  
  • If someone lets you go first, then you shouldn’t refuse. Accept with a smile and thanks. 
  • In most cases, a man should open the door for a woman and let her in first.  
  • If it’s dark outside or a couple goes into a restaurant or an office building, then the man enters first. 
  • Hold the door for the person who is walking behind you. 

When using the elevator, follow these rules: 

  • Before entering an elevator, let people out first. 
  • The person closest to the door enters the elevator first. 
  • Ask people what floor they’re going to and push the button for them.  
  • People who get off earlier should stand closer to the door. 
  • Be quiet and don’t talk in the elevator. 
  • Do not stare at people. 
  • You can’t push or rush anyone, even if you are in a hurry. Politely ask to let you through. 
  • Everybody walks up and down the stairs with their right hand. 
  • Colleagues go up and down in the order in which they approach the stairs. 
  • There are special rules for men and women: when going down, a man should go ahead of the lady by 1-2 steps and give her a hand, if needed. When going up, a man takes a couple of steps behind the lady in case if she stumbles. 
Public transport 

To avoid conflicts and injuries in transport, the following rules should apply: 

  • In public transportation, remove a bulky bag from your shoulder so you don’t disturb others. 
  • Remember that the first seats are primarily for elderly people, women with children, and people with disabilities.
  • Offer your seat to people who are showing signs of fatigue, carrying a heavy bag or pregnant women. 
  • Man should offer a seat to his lady. 
  • Listen your music with headphones.  
  • Do not talk loudly, or talk on the phone.
  • Take up as little space as possible and keep your feet on the ground.
  • Say thank you to the driver as you exit.

There are also rules for boarding passengers in a private car. 

The most privileged seat in the car is near the driver, the second is in the back seat, behind the front passenger seat, and the third, is behind the driver.

  • The lady or spouse of the driver sits in the principal seat next to the driver. 
  • When couples get into the car, the wife sits next to the driver in the front seat, and friends in the back seats or men sit in the front and women in the back seats. 
  • Before getting into the car, a man should open the passenger door for his lady, help her get in, and then get behind the wheel. 
  • When getting out of the car, the man should open the passenger door for his lady, give her his hand and help to get out of the car. 
Taxi or Company car 

The privileged seat in a taxi or company car is in the back behind the front seat. Never sit in front without asking.

To be continiued…

Part 3 of the “Etiquette for everyday” post will be published next week.  

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8 thoughts on “Etiquette for everyday. Part 2.

  1. I would bet that in Japan people do everything correctly. In the West…not so much. It’s a while since I took public transport but it didn’t seem very organized. As far as riding in cars my consideration would be to place the most long-legged person in the front seat. I was told once that the way couple distribute themselves denotes their social standing but I don’t remember which was which. All very good principles, Angela. How awful that these were not in effect in S. Korea recently.

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    1. I agreed with you, looks like Japanese people have a high level of etiquette. Everything is so perfect. We were absolutely amazed by their manners.
      I’m sure there some exception in etiquette. I would let long-legged people take a seat on the front too 🙂
      Thanks a lot for your comment!


  2. Some irony. In Japan, manners are never in question yet board a bus and people are pushed and pushed to allow more on. Yet it is not done rudely. How is this possible? Yet, the Japanese have good manners to the extent it is an art form no matter what is happening. It is like they do things yet radiate thoughtfulness. Amazing.

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    1. I absolutely agree with you. Japanese people are so perfect at everything. It is apparent that they have a high class manner. I don’t know how they do it. Perhaps they learn formal etiquette from their families and schools when they are young. However, we were amazed by it during our trip to Japan. Also, we noticed that even in crowded places people tried to keep personal space, but I guess we missed rush hour. Thank you for your comment and I’m sorry for the delay in replying.


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