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    Is it polite to pick up the phone only naming your first name ? If not, what would be more polite without being overly polite ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Is it polite to pick up the phone only naming your first name ? If not, what would be more polite without being overly polite ?
    Yes, mentioning your fisrt name is polite but a standard answer on lifting the phone could be:
    Good morning. Xyz Technologies. Susan speaking. How may I help you?

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    Re: picking up the phone ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Yes, mentioning your fisrt name is polite but a standard answer on lifting the phone could be:
    Good morning. Xyz Technologies. Susan speaking. How may I help you?
    How to answer as a private person : "Good morning. John speaking. " ?

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    How to answer as a private person : "Good morning. John speaking. " ?
    Yes, precizly.

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    Re: picking up the phone ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Is it polite to pick up the phone only naming your first name ? If not, what would be more polite without being overly polite ?
    ***NOT A TEACHER***If I understand your question, you want to know what to say when the telephone rings and you pick it up. Am I right? Here in the United States, almost everyone just says, "Hello." Nothing more. I didn't know that people in other countries often give their names. Did I misunderstand your question? I thought "Hello" was the standard greeting everywhere. Thank you.

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    Re: picking up the phone ?

    In the UK, we just say 'hello' too, including landlines when anyone in the family or resident there may answer.

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    Re: picking up the phone ?

    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?

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    Re: picking up the phone ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    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.
    After the person says "Hello" and I think it's the person I was calling, I would say "Hi Mary, it's Barb." If it wasn't Mary, she'd say "You have the wrong number" or "This is Missy. Let me get Mary for you."

    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?"

    Do you sometimes just say "yes" or "yeah" picking up the phone?
    No, never! That would be extremely rude in my culture!

    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.

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    Re: picking up the phone ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Is it polite to pick up the phone only naming your first name ? If not, what would be more polite without being overly polite ?
    ***NOT A TEACHER***I just remembered something interesting (well, I think it's interesting!). I hear that traditionally in Japan, when you pick up the phone, YOU don't say anything. It's the caller who starts to speak first. Of course, this is the 21st century, and customs are changing fast. I recently asked some young Japanese people. A few said some people still observe this custom. Maybe some members in Japan can enlighten us.


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    Re: picking up the phone ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Good morning. Xyz Technologies. Susan speaking. How may I help you?
    Could please somebody tell me what to say if I wanted to call, for example a video store, not a Xyz Technologies?
    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?

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