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How to address a Ms (lady of unknown marital status)

Johan1FS November 21, 2006, 7:21 pm
¡Hola!

Amy mentions in one of the lessons in the first chapter that one should be careful not to accidentally refer to señora as señorita (or the other way round).

Problem is, unless I'm pretty good at looking at fingers and making the correct deduction based on rings (probably very dangerous), it is virtually impossible to determine marital status without asking.

I've been digging through my dictionaries, but they all list both señora and señorita as translations for Ms.

I have noticed that in German that most young ladies now prefer to be called Frau and no longer Fräulein, as the latter is deemed by many as condescending. Is the same the case in Spanish? What do one use to be safe and polite?

Adios

Johan
How to address a Ms (lady of unknown marital status)
Johan1FS November 28, 2006, 3:19 pm
:?:

Either this question has a very obvious answer escaping me, or it's so difficult that nobody can answer it!
How to address a Ms (lady of unknown marital status)
Lenguas November 28, 2006, 5:47 pm
Well, I think you should say senora or senorita, depending on what you think she is. If you are wrong, she will correct you. I can see this happen in movies in various languages (Croatian, Italian, Spanish, English) so it's not the end of the world even if you make a mistake.
How to address a Ms (lady of unknown marital status)
Antonio November 30, 2006, 2:59 am
When I get introduced to a Lady, I always ask :
Is it Ms or Mrs ?

Nothing wrong with that, as they always ask me if I am married or not !
How to address a Ms (lady of unknown marital status)
Johan1FS November 30, 2006, 4:01 am
And if I read the conversation guide's first page better I would have found the following sentence:

"Don’t confuse señora with señorita! Address adult or married women with the term señora; address girls or young women with señorita."

Now just not to judge a book by its cover!
How to address a Ms (lady of unknown marital status)
Mohammed-B1 June 4, 2013, 5:36 pm
hola
How to address a Ms (lady of unknown marital status)
Mohammed-B1 June 15, 2013, 6:50 pm
Hola !!
How to address a Ms (lady of unknown marital status)

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