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How to Be Polite in the Middle East

Ahmed is an oil sheik. He lives in a delightful palace on the sea coast in Syria.

Ahmed is entertaining a guest from Europe. The man is called Leslie. Ahmed is offering tea to his guest. ’Would you like some tea?’ Ahmed asks.

Leslie is dying to drink tea, but he’s in the Middle East, and he knows how to be polite in the Middle East. He knows that ’yes’ is not the polite thing to say. He has to say no. He mustn’t say yes. So Leslie beams and says, ’No, thanks.’

Ahmed smiles and asks again, ’Why don’t you have a cup of tea?’

Now, Leslie is even more dying to drink tea, but he knows that he has to say no again. He’s in the Middle East, and he knows it would be impolite to say yes. Beaming, he says, ’No, don’t bother. Really, really, don’t bother.’

Ahmed smiles and says, ’You have to drink some tea. Let me pour you a cup.’

Leslie keeps beaming and says, ’I really don’t want any tea. Please believe me.’

But Ahmed doesn’t believe Leslie’s words. He believes his smile, and he pours him a cup of tea.

Leslie picks up the cup, drinks the tea, beams at Ahmed, and says, ’It’s very kind of you. Thanks a lot. The tea is really nice. It’s delicious.’

The End

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Please believe me = légy szíves, higgy nekem

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