Addressing teachers

I was sitting in the Bulgarian classroom and needed help. So I called for my teacher Helene. When I said her name I noticed that I got strange looks from the Bulgarian students, but why?

  1. Because I had a strange voice?
  2. My teacher had a strange name?
  3. Because I didn’t call my teacher by their last name?
  4. I’m not supposed to call for help?


  1. If you look at someone who has a strange voice, you are not very polite person.
  2. Helene isn’t a strange name.
  3. Yes, it’s inappropriate to call your teacher by their first name. In Bulgaria you call them by their last name.
  4. Teachers are there to help.


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