"Señora, ¿cómo se llama usted?"
Translation:Ma'am, what is your name?
In some areas of the US, and in some social settings, “ma’am" is still considered a courteous form of address. As is “sir."
I haven't never seen the word ma'am before. How do you say a woman in a formal way? (In Spanish 'señora' is very natural and formal).
In this case it does not really translate well. A person would just say Excuse me. The Ma'am would never be said.
I haven't never seen the word ma'am before
Considering your use of a double negative, it is no surprise you have not encountered more polite forms of conversation.
I encounter "ma'am" in retail environments all the time.
No I would never use either term. If someone calls me madam I generally answer that I don't run a brothel.
Maybe it is because I come from the south, but we use ma'am here a lot. And they also use it in the military (USA). 'Yes, Ma'am!' Some women though take it as an implication that they are old and offends them.
But I would also want to learn another name for Senora and Senorita in english. Senorita in english (according to this app) means 'lady', but I wouldn't say, Hello lady! In english.. even ma'am is a stretch when transating to Senora..I would like there to be a word for a respectful woman that doesnt offend them.
Senorita can also translate to 'Miss', which is polite but also implies youth. You could use that instead.
As in a previous exercise, I find odd to split the word madam in twos. I will try to report this issue to DL
You might say Ma'am to The Queen but the chances of that happening are slim to f##k all
On the discussion for a similar question, someone explained that "Señora" and "se" indicates this a polite form of address, and "usted" is only optional for the informal form of address.
Im from the UK and I dont think I have ever said Ma'am to anyone in my life nor heard it spoken to anyone else outside of TV. I got this answer wrong because I spelt it with only one 'a', utter pish.
I use ma'am all of the time. Ma'am is usually used for an older woman. I live in California. It is common here and a respectful way of addressing an older woman you do not know.
Miss does not work because señora is a mature woman. Miss refers to a someone unmarried and unmarried women are usually immature. Senortia is the way to say Miss.
I feel like ma'am shouldn't be split into two words for this - it's a contraction, not two separate words
I have a question about the punctuation. I put the '¿'n front of señora, and it marked it as incorrect. Granted, i missed the advent off cómo, but in the past it's just said don't forget the accents, but not marked it as incorrect. Could someone clarify this for me please? Does the '¿' have to be immediately in front of the question part of the sentence i.e. cómo?
When you have a question within a sentence, the "¿" goes where the question begins within the sentence.
In this case, the question within the sentence begins with "como", so that's where you put "¿".
If you don't know someone's name, you would use the formal usted instead of the informal tu, unless that person were a child.
The pronunciation of usted sounds strange. It sounds like 'Ow-sted' when I expected 'Oo_sted'!