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How do you do (how are you) - to a Minister for Education


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04:29 Mar 21, 2007
English to Bulgarian translations [Non-PRO]
Education / Pedagogy
English term or phrase: How do you do (how are you) - to a Minister for Education
My friend needs to great a Minister for Education from Bulgaria and would appreciate the correct phrasing of her question to the Minister of 'how do you do' as we say in English. Alternatively, 'how are you' as we also say in English.
helen tripp

Summary of answers provided
5 +1Good morning [Good day], Sir [Madam]
Peter Skipp



3 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
how do you do (how are you) - to a minister for education
Good morning [Good day], Sir [Madam]

This is the proper greeting when meeting someone of rank.

"How do you do" is used only when being introduced to someone or when meeting someone not previously met.

"How are you" is too informal.

Note added at 4 hrs (2007-03-21 08:34:10 GMT)

You do not make it clear in which language you want replies.

The Bulgarian avoids many pitfalls and is "Dobar den" (stress the first syllable and pronounce as one word). If one were playing a host and meeting the minister, then the first phrase would be "Dobre doshli" (stress the last syllables and pronounce as two words) ("Welcome"), followed by "Dobar den".

Best to leave enquiries as to the minister's wellbeing off. Asking a question would be poor protocol and etiquette in Bulgarian for formal occasions. If the occasion were informal, then "Kak ste" is the direct translation of "How are you".

Note added at 4 hrs (2007-03-21 08:36:42 GMT)

If the minister is accompanied by an interpreter (a 99.9 per cent certainty), then you can safely leave the latter to smooth out protocol issues and address the minister with "how are you". The polite assumption, however, is that minister may be likely to know some English, and may be a little wrong-footed by being asked a question straight off.

Note added at 1 day3 hrs (2007-03-22 08:11:35 GMT)

Thank you, Helen; I am glad to help.

Peter Skipp
Local time: 12:35
Native speaker of: Native in BulgarianBulgarian, Native in EnglishEnglish
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thank you so much for your most erudite answer to this question. The Bulgarian Education Minister is visiting Sydney, Australia, shortly and a Chief Education Officer in my section said she would like to greet the delegation in their own language. She asked if I could research this and I have just shown her your feedback. She is delighted. Once again, thank you.

Asker: Thanks Maggie T. It all worked out very well. Tricia just stuck to "Hello" in Bulgarian. Of course then the delegation all burst into Bulgarian back at her thinking she was a speaker. Very funny. The Minister is a woman and Tricia says she is about 60 and immaculately groomed. Apparently this visit has something to do with Bulgaria joining the European Union. (just a bit of goss to say thanks)

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agree  Maggie T
1 day 10 hrs
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