Student or Learner
Is it polite to pick up the phone only naming your first name ? If not, what would be more polite without being overly polite ?
In the UK, we just say 'hello' too, including landlines when anyone in the family or resident there may answer.
We do the same in Poland, but it is not very good. I can't remember how many times I mistook someone for someone else and said stupid or sometimes even secret things to them.
Do you sometimes just say "yes" or "yeah" picking up the phone?
If I don't know the person (say the mother of a friend of my daughter's), I'd say "Hi, this is [my full name]. I'm Becky's mom. Is this Mrs. Smith?"
No, never! That would be extremely rude in my culture!Do you sometimes just say "yes" or "yeah" picking up the phone?
Edit: Exception to this: At work, I can see who is calling, so if it's someone I have that kind of relationship with, I might jokingly answer the phone with "What now?" but never, EVER with someone I didn't know or wasn't a friend of already.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
It would be rude to hang up without saying anything, so how can I end that call politely?
"Sorry, I've got wrong number" Is that ok? Or maybe there're some different phrases?