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It is 7:00 in the evening. How would you greet a policewoman whose name you do not know?

It's 9:00 in the morning, and you are about to speak at a business conference. There are hundreds of men and women in the audience. How do you begin?

You're in a bar at night and you see an old friend. You want to say hi but you don't remember his name. What could you say?

You work at the front desk of a fancy hotel. A man in a suit approaches you, looking confused. What could you say?

You are at an informal meeting for tenants of your building. You want to start speaking to the group, but people are talking to each other and making noise. What could you say to get their attention?

You are at the airport to meet Mr. Ashok Shah. You have never met before, but you have seen his picture. You see someone who you think is the right person. What do you say to him?

Which term is acceptable in a formal business context?

What would you call your colleague, Ms. Karen Williams? She is also a good friend of yours.

The term "guys" can be used informally, to address a group of males and females.


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230 Comments on “Polite English: What to call people”


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Thanks Rebecca. Please make lesson on romantic talk. Please!

Monday, June 23rd 2014

    It may be an interesting topic for a lesson, SimitKr.

    Tuesday, June 24th 2014

      It is important to know how to address people in different situations to start a conversation.

      Rebecca, how would most students refer to teachers to call their attention/greet them in the classrrom?.

      Is the word Teacher often used to do this?

      Excellent lesson Ms _________.

      By the way, what is your last name? Hope you do not mind.

      Regards

      Tuesday, June 24th 2014

        Teacher call hey Blue shirt
        & If They know that what is the name of student so they call
        Only last name of student
        As like teaschers are call me Dhiman

        Wednesday, October 1st 2014

    namaste ..

    Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

    it’s such an extremely interesting lesson for all english learners.
    Thank you Ms Rebecca !

    Tuesday, February 24th 2015

ok, very good lesson.

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Nice lesson , refreshing memory ^_^

I think that there’s no harm to make lessons like this one because we aren’t native speakers and we forget things faster than native once .

Thank you so much ^_^

Monday, June 23rd 2014

thank u Rebecca for this interesting and helpful lesson :)

Monday, June 23rd 2014

.

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Hi. Please make a lesson about world cup.

Monday, June 23rd 2014

    then i will get 0 of 9 are correct :D

    Monday, June 23rd 2014

    Yeahh!! I agree with you!!

    Ps: Brazil will be champion! :-)

    Monday, June 23rd 2014

      Add me if you want to practice english, I have been learning also, Im from Mexico.

      Tuesday, July 15th 2014

        give me your nickname on skype? please add my nickname votuanho@hotmail.com
        I’m from Viet Nam.

        Sunday, July 20th 2014

        Hi Pretty Girl, I’m from VietNam..give me your SkypeId, please..so we can practice each other…
        and you can send it to my email- nhutnm2@gmail.com if you really want..thanks so much.

        Saturday, August 9th 2014

        hi ,Denisse Ivonne ,can we help together to practice english ,i am eighteen .by the way ,can you add my facebook : leenguyen(leomes232001@yahoo.com).

        Monday, December 22nd 2014

        How to add you?

        Tuesday, December 23rd 2014

Thanks Rebecca,i like your lessons, easy and practical to learn it’s always a good time.

Monday, June 23rd 2014

thank you it was very useful for me

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Good lesson teacher Rebecca…

I got 9/9

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Can we use Mr, Mrs, or Ms with First name in Formal situations….

Monday, June 23rd 2014

It’s a great exercise!

Monday, June 23rd 2014

I just made it! 9 out of 9 :)

Monday, June 23rd 2014

I got 9/9. So easy!!!!

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Thank you Rebecca.
I love it!

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Oh, yes, “mrs” and “ms”… I always forget the right pronunciation of them! Thanks, Rebecca! : )

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Oh, Thank you for your lesson.

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Rebecca, Thank you for your lessons.

Monday, June 23rd 2014

than you Rebeca,

Monday, June 23rd 2014

sorry, Thank you Rebeca….

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Is the word “dude” okay for the people we don’t know? Because refer to dictionary it has another meaning which means “dudish”.

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Thank you :)

Monday, June 23rd 2014

My score was perfect! Thank you, Rebecca :)

Monday, June 23rd 2014

thanks teacher rebecca i got 9 correct yaay

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Thanks Rebecca

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Good job actually and it is important for us because some people cannot use appropriate expressions with formal situations,especially people that always watch movies.Any body agrees with me ??

Monday, June 23rd 2014

Hi, Rebecca. This was my first lesson with you. I liked a lot.

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thanks Rebecca.

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thanks Rebecca! Great lesson

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

thank you Mrs Rebecca that was nice understand for me so I can learn English as soon as passable god bless you

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thank you. Rebecca! :)

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thank you. I learned new things.

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thank you Rebecca, always a great lesson.

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

I enjoy learning with your lesson. It’s helpful. thanks :)

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

    hi, are you ok! i’d like to add in my Skype what do you think?
    my Skype is: ailton.rios90

    Friday, June 27th 2014

Many thank Rebecaa

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thank you It was Great and useful

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

It´s useful. Thanks

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

thanks a lot Rebecca , guys for any body want to use English my Skype is ( Hamy alferjany )

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thanks for teaching. I benefited a lot. :)

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thanks madam!!!

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thanks Rebecca! I like your lessons very much.

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

    hi, are you ok! i’d like to add in my Skype what do you think?
    if you wish learn english, i can help you by Skype.
    my Skype is: ailton.rios90

    Friday, June 27th 2014

Hi Rebecca thanks for you lesson which is really helpful, I just wondering question No.8,” Ms Karen Willians”. Which one is first name? In which situation we need to say Ms Karen Willlians? Thanks !!looking forward to your replying:)))

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thanks

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Great teacher and great lesson . Thank you very much Rebecca

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thank our teachers

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thanks. It is simple but worth!

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thank our teachers

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Good lesson, I got 9/9 :D

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

i like ronnie she’s a good teacher i watched ronnie video

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thank you so much, it was useful

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Good lesson, pretty useful!!! and Brazil will win!!

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

yes i juste got 9/9 good lesson thank you

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Thanks for your effort ms rebecca

Tuesday, June 24th 2014

I love the lesson,because I used in my Job frequently…

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Thank you for your wonderful lessons, Rebecca. It was another practical lesson of yours; I appreciate it. Please make videos on Politics

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

10/10 I’m always polite, for example, with my children!? I call them Sir’s always when they bring back D’s on her grades?!!…..? ;-)

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Thanks Rebecca!

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Thank you, it is very important lesson for people who are starting to study English language

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

I have got 100/100 , I am usually getting full understanding to your very nice lessons and clear explanations. I like your method and the way of teaching.
Thanks again.

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Very good lesson and website.

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Hello everyone! It’s my first time here. I wish I have a chance to study more with this great team.

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

I enjoy learning with your lesson. It’s helpful. thanks :)

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Nice one

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

thanks

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Rebeca, u r very good! i’ ve learned a lot… thanks!

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Thank you Teacher Rebecca! You’re helping a lot ^^

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

EXCELENT !! THAKS

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

You are a very good teacher, your speak is clear and the explanations are marvellous. Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Thanx ms Robeca

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Thanks Rebecca

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Quite easy, but those are useful. Thank Rebecca

Thursday, June 26th 2014

hi rebeca
1) What is PLS or pictological system?
2) I have heard that we have some formula to create irregular verbs in English I want know how a verb changes to be an irregular one.
Thanks in advance.

Thursday, June 26th 2014

hi dear
I have 2 question
1)what’s the diffrency between synonym and activator of a word?
2)if the pulural of tooth is teeth,why isnt the pulral of booth beeth?one goose 2geese So one moose 2meese?
thanks in advance.
by the way.
this is mehdi from Iran:)

Thursday, June 26th 2014

thanks to help me mrs,

Thursday, June 26th 2014

thank u ….. its very useful

Thursday, June 26th 2014

Thanks a lot dear Rebecca. I got 9 out of 9.

Thursday, June 26th 2014

Congrats Rebecca! It’s a nice lesson and verry useful!

Thursday, June 26th 2014

Thank you so much.

Thursday, June 26th 2014

Very useful lesson, thanks very much Rebecca, 7/9

Thursday, June 26th 2014

Thanks Rebecca.. very helpfull

Friday, June 27th 2014

    hi, are you ok! i’d like to add in my Skype what do you think?
    my Skype is: ailton.rios90

    Friday, June 27th 2014

Thank you very much for your lesson.

Friday, June 27th 2014

    hi, are you ok! i’d like to add in my Skype what do you think?
    maybe i can help you with english and portuguese.
    my Skype is: ailton.rios90

    Friday, June 27th 2014

      hey man i would like to add you too if you wont mind

      Saturday, June 28th 2014

am so happy to attend this lesson. Thank you so much.

Friday, June 27th 2014

Intersting lession , thanks a lot.

Friday, June 27th 2014

Thank you…
9/9

Friday, June 27th 2014

:D

Saturday, June 28th 2014

thank you very much… very easy to understand

Saturday, June 28th 2014

thank you for this lesson and i would to add your skype at mine for tolking about stadies calture music movies arts and so one My skype is elouaridi.abdelmajid

Saturday, June 28th 2014

    could i also add you Mr Elourad if u wont mind

    Saturday, June 28th 2014

9 out of 9 :D
Thank u

Saturday, June 28th 2014

Can we call “Mr. Officer, Ms. Doctor” ?

Sunday, June 29th 2014

thank you

Sunday, June 29th 2014

I was able to understand it very well. Thank you.

Sunday, June 29th 2014

It’s very useful for me.

Monday, June 30th 2014

Dear Madam,

It is very useful

Monday, June 30th 2014

Excellen!

Monday, June 30th 2014

so good

Monday, June 30th 2014

thanks so much :)

Monday, June 30th 2014

thank alot

Tuesday, July 1st 2014

I finally understood the difference between mrs and ms)) 9/9 thanks Rebecca!

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Thanks!

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Thank you very much, Ms. Rebecca.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Mrs Rebecca.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

I always learn a lot from you, madam. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Thanks Rebecca,

Thursday, July 3rd 2014

It’s easy to understand!thank you!

Friday, July 4th 2014

thank you :)

Saturday, July 5th 2014

Good lesson teacher Rebecca…
I got 9/9

Saturday, July 5th 2014

Thanks teacher it’s really good lesson its my 2 lesson here

Saturday, July 5th 2014

Thank you. Class needed

Sunday, July 6th 2014

Thanks, Ms Rebecca it’s a great exercise…

Monday, July 7th 2014

very useful thank you !

Tuesday, July 8th 2014

100- very useful excercise. Thanks Rebecca-

Tuesday, July 8th 2014

Thanks got 78%.

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

Dear Teacher it was very excellent and very neatness to understand this lesson thank you very much.

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

very useful, thank. this lesson realy help me

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

very good !!

Thursday, July 10th 2014

Thank you, it’s helpful.

Thursday, July 10th 2014

I got 9 correct out of 9 .,so could you please show me which one I did wrong?

Friday, July 11th 2014

Thanks for your interesting lesson!

Sunday, July 13th 2014

Thanks! very good…

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

Thanks Rebecca! I got 100% :)

Wednesday, July 16th 2014

thank you !

Thursday, July 17th 2014

thanks madam rebeca:)

Sunday, July 20th 2014

thank’s madam rebeca :D

Sunday, July 20th 2014

Rebecca, I really like the structure you give to your classes. Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

Thanks so mucho! :)

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014

thx ma’am!

Saturday, July 26th 2014

Thanks Ma’ma

Tuesday, July 29th 2014

ok, very good lesson, thank you Rebecca!

Tuesday, July 29th 2014

I got only one mistake. 89% Ok , thanks Rebecca.

Wednesday, July 30th 2014

Thank you very much Ms. Rebecca very good lesson as usual.

Many Thanks

Thursday, July 31st 2014

It’s great!!! Thank you so much Ms.Rebecca

Tuesday, August 5th 2014

WHAT CAN I SAY
YES MA’AM

Monday, August 11th 2014

Cheers dud.
:D

Monday, August 11th 2014

hi Rebecca It was a good lesson i got 8/9 thanks.

Tuesday, August 12th 2014

Thank you so much Rebecca. Good Lesson !

Tuesday, August 12th 2014

perfect score ;))

Friday, August 15th 2014

fabulous…

Monday, August 18th 2014

Thank you for your teaching.
I missed 1 point from “guys” because I’ve thought this word used for only “men”.

I’ll keep in touch with your course. Bye bye.

Monday, August 18th 2014

9/9 Thanks,Rebecca!

Tuesday, August 19th 2014

Hi Ms Rebecca
This is a great lesson .
I do not know how I thank you .
best regards

Friday, August 22nd 2014

it was such a lovely and a good lesson of dealling with diffrent kind of people

Wednesday, August 27th 2014

how can I see the leasson?

Monday, September 1st 2014

Thanks!

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

Thaks a lot teacher Rebecca,
this lesson and quiz were very useful and interesting for me.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

I’ve passed the quiz.
I think that I’m going to review this video there are a lot of new word I must learn for my vocabulary.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

thanks so much miss Rebeeca

Tuesday, September 9th 2014

It`s a great lesson.It`s very useful for me. thank you very much Ms Rebeeca

Wednesday, September 10th 2014

Thank you very much, Rebecca! It’s very useful lesson! I would like to continue to listen your lesson! It’s great! I’m happy that I found it!

Wednesday, September 10th 2014

very good lesson..tnx

Friday, September 12th 2014

Thank you so much.

Friday, September 12th 2014

Thank you so much… It’s good lesson!!

Monday, September 15th 2014

good lesson… thank you

Tuesday, September 16th 2014

The term “guys” can be used informally, to address a group of males and females.
Is it true?

Wednesday, September 17th 2014

Hi! This is my first comment ever. I am just so glad that we get to learn good english from you, Engvid folks. Thanks for the free videos, I learned a lot from them. However, I have also learned that we need to apply what we take in from the videos, which is why I am composing this comment.

Again, I would like to express my gratitude to this website, especially to you my special favorite, Rebecca!

Best Regards!

Thursday, September 18th 2014

Great teacher! Thank you.

Wednesday, September 24th 2014

thank you Rebecca
now i know how to use Mrs and Ms

Friday, September 26th 2014

Hello. Is “bro” is the short form of Brother? or can we also use it to call our own brother?
Secondly if a teacher wanna to put attention of his student what should he call to them?

Saturday, September 27th 2014

100. Thanks Rebeca!!!

Wednesday, October 1st 2014

very helpfull lesson

Monday, October 6th 2014

thank you so much, Rebeca. I very like your lecture

Monday, October 6th 2014

Hi! Rebecca ,thank you so much for your tips.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014

Thank you, Ms Rebecca, for your lesson.
And I hope that you are finding time for a Romantic lesson, yet.

Wednesday, November 5th 2014

Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much for your very understandable and clear lecture.

Thursday, November 6th 2014

who want to talk with me in skpe?

Saturday, November 8th 2014

    What’s your Skype name?

    Wednesday, November 12th 2014

Great lesson. Thank You. I have a question. What about a teacher like You. May I say? Teacher, Could You help me with my English?

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

Good lesson,Thanks a lot

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

thks Rebecca, 8/9!

Thursday, November 13th 2014

Thank you Ms. Rebecca.
I see some people call a lady “Milady”.

Thursday, November 13th 2014

Thank you Ms Rebecca.I like your lesson very much

Friday, November 21st 2014

Thanks you Mrs Rebecca , I like your lesson very much

Saturday, November 22nd 2014

Many thanks … nice lesson

Thursday, November 27th 2014

hii madam this is best thank yu,.

Sunday, November 30th 2014

Good teaching and good lesson. Very understandable.

Saturday, December 6th 2014

Rebecca, thanks for the lesson! :)
I wanna know how to call our friend’s elder brother/sister, I mean pretend like we know his/her name, but we aren’t introduced to them before. Should we call him/her by first name, or the surname? Thanks :D Much love x

Tuesday, December 9th 2014

Thanks a lot ?

Monday, December 22nd 2014

    * with out (?)

    Monday, December 22nd 2014

Thanks for this lesson!

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

Thank you.

Wednesday, January 14th 2015

once again thanks for rebecca

Friday, January 23rd 2015

Thanks, Rebecca!

Tuesday, January 27th 2015

Thank you very much!!!

Wednesday, January 28th 2015

thanks rebeca i ve got 89 % I will try to get more next time

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015

Dear Rebecca,
Thank for this simple, clear, and concrete lesson about the good manners when we meet people.
Best regards.

Saturday, February 28th 2015

Hi. Rebecca.
Ms. spell as M, Ess, but pronounce as Miz, Wow, first time for me to know that. why you didn’t mentions also that name Susan, in the middle of it we pronounce it also as Suzan, but we write it mostly as Susan! ( I think NOT all English new learners know that.

I got 9 correct out of 9. as Usual:)

Thursday, March 12th 2015

hi miss Rebecca thanks a lot of your huge efforts and i’m actually admire the way that you are teaching

Monday, March 16th 2015

Thanks Ms. Rebecca, I like this lesson. It’s very important for me and my profession. God crush you with blessings!

Tuesday, April 7th 2015

gud lessons

Thursday, April 16th 2015

Thanx so much ms rebbeca

Monday, April 20th 2015

It was a good lesson ,thank you

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

If I didn’t listen to your lecture, I might mistake someone. Thank you. Ma’am. Actually, it is first time to write down a comment. I think I will continue to write a comment like this. Have a nice day, Teacher!

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

Great lesson. I love that :-)

Friday, June 26th 2015

Not too bad I got 8/9

Sunday, July 19th 2015

nice, I got 9/9 :)

Friday, July 24th 2015

any one want to talk english on Skype
my Skype is (sinaboy)

Saturday, July 25th 2015

Thank you a lot, Dear Rebecca!

Saturday, August 29th 2015

What can i call my teacher MR or Sir ? he is a man and i embarrassed about this !

Wednesday, September 9th 2015

Thank you, teacher! Very nice class and now I know that madam also could write it as ma’am. :) See you, then.

Thursday, October 1st 2015

Mrs. Rebecca, thank you very much.

Saturday, October 3rd 2015

Mrs. Rebecc thanks for the lesson

Tuesday, December 8th 2015

Thank you for this lesson.

Saturday, December 19th 2015

Thanks dear teacher, your lessons is great and helpfull.

Sunday, February 7th 2016

Thank you so much.

Saturday, February 13th 2016

OH! I got a full score again! :-)
This lesson is simple and useful!

Thursday, February 25th 2016

Thank you Rebeca for this lesson, this is very helpfull and i learn a lot of from you.
I have question, i work in restaurant, and the owner is woman from Italy, how should i call her?Boss ,Director?

Wednesday, April 6th 2016

or someone else if know,can reply to my question.
thank you in advance!

Wednesday, April 6th 2016

interesting quiz, haha. how can you forget your old friend’s name?haha

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Thank you a lot!
It’s really interesting lesson.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Thanks Rebecca!!!

Tuesday, June 7th 2016

Thank you so much Rebecca!

Saturday, September 10th 2016

Good topic

Tuesday, October 18th 2016
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