Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Michelle Kaplan
"The New York Radio Girl"

old manToday Lindsay and Michelle will tell you what you should call people and when in English! When you meet somebody new, should you use their first name or last name?

Should you call them Dr., Mrs., Ms., or y’all? This can be tricky because there are so many possible titles and situations.



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The best thing to do is watch what others do. In America today, things are often very relaxed, and most people (even bosses) prefer you to call them by their first names. Here are some tips:

  • Calling someone Mr. or Mrs. is not wrong, but you are likely to be told “Please, call me John.”
  • With doctors or professors, call them Dr. and their last name.
  • When shopping, address a young woman as Miss, an older woman as Ma’am and a man as Sir.



Don’t worry about making a mistake. Nobody’s going to be too upset, though they might correct you.

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