English Culture Videos

"Good Neighbors"

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

Randall's first point on good etiquette is to _______.

Number one: Always obey the rules of the road, and that includes wearing your seat belt.

In the second point, Randall advises students to ____________.

Number two: Avoid underage drinking, for your safety and for the safety of others.

If you live with a host family, you shouldn't ______.

And finally, if you're living with a host family, obey the rules of that particular family, whether it be with curfew, whether it has to do with where you go and so forth. All of these things can provide a meaningful experience for you and show deep respect for the country where you are living.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

When someone moves into a new neighborhood in your home city, what traditional customs do people do (or not do) to greet another individual or family? Do you take a gift or other item?

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall, and having positive, uh, wonderful relationships with your neighbors doesn't just happen automatically. And I find there are three things you can do to promote this.

Number one, make sure that you keep your yard presentable. Grow some flowers, pick up some trash. If you have dogs, clean up after them.

Number two, if you're going to have different activities in the evening with friends and family, make sure that you end things at a reasonable time. No neighbor wants to hear your loud music at two a.m. in the morning.

And finally, take the time to greet them. Say hello, take over some cookies, uh, things like that really improve relationships and help you have a positive experience in your neighborhood.