Addressing people without knowing their names

kyn

Senior Member
Vietnamese
I'm going to meet an old man. Without knowing his name, how should I call him? Should I use "anata"? Or should I ask his name first and then use "~ san"? Is "san" OK for older people? Or should I just drop all the names and use keigo?
 
  • cheshire

    Senior Member
    Catholic (Cat-holic, not Catholic)
    I'm going to meet an old man. Without knowing his name, how should I call him? Should I use "anata"? Or should I ask his name first and then use "~ san"? Is "san" OK for older people? Or should I just drop all the names and use keigo?
    Sumimasen.
    You shouldn't say "anata" to address him.
    No need to adding -san when you don't know his name.
    "san" is OK whomever you address.
    Keigo is always welcome to any people.
     

    Bob10318

    New Member
    United States, english
    Wouldn't "ojii-san" suffice in this case? I've heard such expressions used to address other who are no related to you.
     
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