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  • - These expressions are the perfect way to avoid any awkward situations in starting a conversation with a stranger.

  • Let me share with you the best expressions to use when addressing a stranger in English.

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  • Hi, I'm Cherie from FluentU, and we want to help you learn English with real-world videos so that you can speak like a native.

  • And today we're going to do that with six essential expressions to know when addressing strangers in English.

  • Number one, "Excuse me, sir."

  • This is the perfect polite expression to use to get a male stranger's attention.

  • - Excuse me, sir.

  • - Another way to get a male stranger's attention is to say, "Sorry, sir."

  • I know that in English, we say sorry when we need to apologize or we did something wrong.

  • However, we also use the word sorry when we want to get a stranger's attention.

  • We use the word sir after the word sorry if we are getting the attention of a male.

  • - Uncommonly good. - Sorry, sir.

  • - Number three, "Excuse me, ma'am."

  • This is the correct greeting used to get a female stranger's attention.

  • - Excuse me, ma'am, this is mine.

  • - Another way to get a female stranger's attention is to say, you guessed it, "Sorry, ma'am."

  • This is an alternative way to address a female stranger in English.

  • However, keep in mind that you usually refer to older women as ma'am, while younger women, you usually say miss.

  • Some women take offense for being called ma'am when they're younger.

  • So just make sure you keep that in mind.

  • - Excuse me, miss, wondering if you could help me.

  • - While we're discussing strangers, let's briefly discuss how to greet pets.

  • Yes, pets, because if you're speaking to a stranger at a dog park, for example, you might also want to know how to address their puppy.

  • I mean, why not, right?

  • The two words you can use to address a stranger's pet are bud and buddy.

  • Both of these words are used in the same context, so you can use both of them.

  • And they mean the same thing.

  • - Hey, buddy, you lost?

  • - Learning all of these terms and formalities can be a bit tricky to catch onto or remember.

  • So to make things a little easier for you, we have included a free PDF version of this video for you to review and reference whenever you like.

  • Just click on the link in the description box below, and you're good to go.

  • This PDF also covers other information that we didn't mention in this video.

  • And if you're serious about learning real-life English that is actually authentic, press on that video right over there.

  • I promise you, you won't regret it.

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- These expressions are the perfect way to avoid any awkward situations in starting a conversation with a stranger.

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How to Start a Conversation in English (with new people)

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    Miho Ishii posted on 2021/04/20
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