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The 15 Biggest English Misunderstandings

To avoid embarrassment, misunderstanding in English we need to know how the British understand the simple, seemingly phrase. None of us wants to feel offended and humiliated
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British people are known for being very polite when speaking and expressing themselves. However, those who learn English and come from societies that use a more 'direct' way of communicating can misunderstand the message being transmitted.
The following is a list of 15 biggest misunderstandings (includes humour) that explains what a British person says, what they mean and what others understand from such expressions.

What the British say What the British mean What others understand
I hear what you say        I disagree and do not want to discuss it further He accepts my point of view
With the greatest respect...       I think you are an idiot He is listening to me
That's not bad       That's good That's poor
That is a very brave proposal    You are insane   He thinks I have courage
Quite good        A bit disappointing Quite good
I would suggest...       Do it or be prepared to justify yourself Think about the idea, but do what you like
Oh, incidentally / by the way        The primary purpose of our discussion is... That is not very important
I was a bit disappointed that       I am annoyed that It doesn't really matter
Very interesting        That is clearly nonsense They are impressed
I'll bear it in mind    I've forgotten it already    They will probably do it
I'm sure it's my fault   It's your fault    Why do they think it was their fault?
You must come for dinner    It's not an invitation, I'm just being polite    I will get an invitation soon
I almost agree   I don't agree at all    He's not far from agreement
I only have a few minor comments    Please re-write completely    He has found a few typos
Could we consider some other options   

I don't like your idea

They have not yet decided

Cheers,

Radosław Jesionkowski

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