Monday, March 16, 2009

answering the phone

So when I answer the phone I say hello. This really irks Germans...even when they call me on my cell phone. Like, who else is going to answer my cell phone? In America when the phone rings and you pick it up, you just say,"hello". I'm not going to identify myself unless I'm at work because what if a telemarketer calls? A stalker or one of my ex boyfriends? I want them to identify themselves first so then I can decide if I want to say, "yes this is she" or "no she's not home right now" or "sorry you have the wrong number!" In Germany picking up the phone and saying,"Lisa Goldfarb" just doesnt give me this option.

5 comments:

Betty said...

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Lisa Goldfarb said...

thanks Betty!

C N Heidelberg said...

Some people in the midwest still answer the phone like the Germans do...my mother-in-law is one example. I grew up saying "Hello" and sometimes my dad answers it "Yes?"...so to me, saying one's name sounds so formal!

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