LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||06/JUL/2007 12:03 PM|
|Assunto:||Can I have...|
Rather than ask over the phone "I want to speak with Mrs. Windham," my
former American girlfriend taught me, "May I please speak with Mrs.
Windham?" I liked that, only I never had a chance to verbalize it over
the phone. My ex-gf saw to it that she personally picked up the phone
at the appropriate time. Usu. at or around 2000 hours Brazil time. We
talked mostly in Portuguese!
On anoher line of thought, the words Please and Thank you! sound (and feel) sweet and almost always get you the tastiest of pretzels. Tell me it ain't so. I'll accept the truth!
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