Email Etiquette

I have been bothered by the tone or content in some emails I receive.

  • When you want to meet, you should not say “…. when are you free?” This is a bit too direct or impolite (I have double checked with my kids and colleagues) – instead you should ask “do you have any time to meet?” or “can we please meet?” etc. In Turkish, adding the word “acaba” makes it more polite.
  • You should not call women profs Madame or Hanim or Mrs …. (even though I recently learned that some Asian students are taught to call profs as me etc); just call Prof. X or X hoca et

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