When I went to an English leaning centre to pick up my child, I saw a parent showed his pick-up pass to the English tutor. Then the parent say "Chris, Please." (Chris is the name of his child. Please note that Chris is a false name).
I wonder if it is natural to say "please" after the child's name. Is it impolite to just say the children's name?
I would expect something like "Hi, I'm here to pick up Chris".
I say, "Hello, I'm here for František" when I pick up my honorary grandson from nursery school.
One thing I forgot to say. When the class finishes, the parents need to line up outside the classroom. Then the parents show their pick-up passes to the teacher one by one and say their children's name. When the teacher sees the pick-up passes, the teacher calls out the children's name. Then the children would come out.
In this case, do we need to say "Chris, please","Hi, I'm here to pick up Chris" or "Hello, I'm here for František" when we show our pick-up passes to the teacher? Is it impolite to say "Chris" when we show our pick-up passes to the teacher . Please note there are around fifteen parents quening up to pick up their children.
I am very sorry to have wasted your precious time.
Thank you very much for your kindness.
Last edited by Winwin2011; 06-Apr-2013 at 22:44.
What is considered polite will depend on the culture in which this is taking place. If I were in that situation, I would feel impolite if I did not greet the teacher in some way, however short (Hi) and say why I was there, even if in only two words (Chris, please).
Why don't you stand at the back of the queue and listen carefully to how every other parent speaks to the teacher? That should give you a good idea of what the accepted way of speaking is.