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How should I address brother-in-law? I'm Chinese, I know very little about Australia. But my brother-in-law is Australian, so how should I address him?
Mar 13, 2014 6:05 AM
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In English you can call just about everyone by their first name. In a professional setting you should generally choose to call people "Mr./Mrs..." or "Sir/Ma'am" the first time you meet them, but they'll probably ask you to call them by their first name. If someone introduces themself by their first name or asks you to call them by their first name, then calling them anything else could be considered rude. In any other setting, you should always call someone by their first name. If you're unsure, always call a person by the name they give you. If someone called "John Smith" says "I'm John", always call him "John". If says "I'm Mr. Smith", call him "Mr. Smith". If he introduces himself as "John Smith" and you're in a professional setting, ask "What should I call you?".
March 13, 2014
Just call him by his name. For example, "Hi John, how are you today?"
March 13, 2014
You would normally address your brother in law by his given name. Since you are regarded as part of the family, you might also any shortened name that your own relative (sister) uses for him. Ask your sister if it is OK to do this and be guided by her.
March 13, 2014
Address him by his first name. "Hello __________. Nice to meet you."
March 13, 2014
Adil, you have misunderstood the question. "To address someone" is different from a person's "address" (place of residence).
March 13, 2014
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