word for teacher.

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word for teacher.

Post by Pepsi24601@hotmail.com » Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:00 am

Teacher can be " lo si" or "seen san". Is there a difference? Is there a more polite way to call someone? I used to be taught to say ___ seen san, but I don't know if it only applies to middle school teachers, etc.
Dylan Sung

Re: word for teacher.

Post by Dylan Sung » Thu Feb 05, 2004 8:53 am

Lou si is more affectionate nowadays than seen saang, it seems to me.

Seen saang is also used to refer to adult males whose name you don't know. Kinda like in English, some people address a male stranger as "Sir" or less politely "Mister".