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Time Differences

Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:55 AM

When you talk to someone on the other side of the planet (e.g. morning for you is nighttime for them) is it appropriate to greet them based on the time of day where you or where they are?

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 05:14 AM

I've never met anybody who was confused by it, as long as you add an explanation, eg, "It's morning there, so good morning!"
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:28 AM

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Why not just say, "Hi!" And skip the time-of-day formalities altogether?

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:29 AM

Easy, don't greet them^^
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:35 AM

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Why not just use "Hello, world!" and cover all your bases. ;)
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:38 AM

I think it would be more polite to greet them based on their time. If you do not know their time zone, just say "Hello."
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:45 AM

If you're meaning for a telephone/voice conversation, just say something that is incomprehensible.

Such as, Good Motangle, in a funny accent (focussing with a "rough" voice on the Motangle).

This way, they won't really know what you said, and thus won't think you're weird. I use it for international business conference calls at all times, nobody is any the wiser.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:48 AM

I will greet random people with "Good Motangle" from this day forward.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:54 AM

i usually greet them based on their time if i know the time difference. for example, my former german exchange student always gets off when i get on so i know its evening there. thus i say gute nacht
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Re: Time Differences

Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:55 AM

View PostRudiVisser, on 22 August 2011 - 02:45 PM, said:

If you're meaning for a telephone/voice conversation, just say something that cannot be decoded.

Such as, Good Motangle, in a funny accent (focussing with a "rough" voice on the Motangle).

This way, they won't really know what you said, and thus won't think you're weird. I use it for international business conference calls at all times, nobody is any the wiser.


That or they just find you mad and don't want to upset you by pointing it out.




The only 'time' greeting I ever use is 'good morning' and it is only when I myself have just woken up and I can tell the other person is also in the "oh dear God what are we doing awake at this hour for!?" state of mind.

Otherwise it's, 'How are you', 'How's it going', 'Hello', or some other generic.

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Re: Time Differences

Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:58 AM

View Postlordofduct, on 22 August 2011 - 03:55 PM, said:

That or they just find you mad and don't want to upset you by pointing it out.

Perhaps yes, but regardless of this, it gets the point across.
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Re: Time Differences

Posted 22 August 2011 - 08:25 AM

today in things i will not spend a single moment of my life worrying about
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 09:03 AM

sloth starts all his conversations with "Hola, ese..." so this topic is meaningless.

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Re: Time Differences

Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:29 AM

I just say "Good morning" all the time...even when it's evening in both of our times. I do this for both phone and face-to-face(gasp!!!) meetings.
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Re: Time Differences

Posted 22 August 2011 - 01:28 PM

View Posttotgeburt, on 22 August 2011 - 03:54 PM, said:

my former german exchange student always gets off when i get on


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