I'm under the impression that in many Spanish-speaking cultures, it is
considered good manners to address one's parents in a formal register.
Thus the parents would be addressed as "madre" or "padre" but referred
to otherwise as "madre", "mamá", "mami", or whatever is preferred on
part of the speaker. However, I cannot confirm this from experience.
On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 1:43 PM, Krista D. Casada <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I'm always amused to hear local Spanish-speaking families here in the southeastern U.S. (many of them from Mexico) address young children _directly_ as "mami" and "papi," approximately "Mommy" and "Daddy".
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> Subject: USAGE: mother and mommy
> Recently, my mother told me that she and her siblings always used "mommy"
> and "daddy" to refer to their parents when talking to other people, but
> "mother" and "father" when talking to them directly.
> That is
> "I'm going to mommy's house."
> "Mother, how are you?".
> (Naturally, the real conversations are in her native language, Portuguese.)
> Have you ever seen something like that? Is it the rule in any language?
> Até mais!