Dear Sir or Madame,

Lately I took a spoken English test, in which the examinees are required to make a presentation.

The jury were two teachers, a gentleman and a lady.

When opening my speech, I want to address them in respect. What should I call them?

Will "Dear Madame, Dear Sir, Good Morning! I'm happy to ..." do?

And here, if I use "Madame", does the word imply a married or senior lady? And what's the difference among "Madam", "Madame","Ma'ma"?

Returning to the context, what's the best or safest way to address a group or a single person in face with respect, without the knowledge of their/his/her age or marriage status?

Thanks and Happy New Year!


Last edited by callithump; 01/04/09 06:48 AM.

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