Asked • 07/02/19

The word "dear" in public speech?

I am a member of a Toastmaster club in the Czech republic where people work on their public speaking skills. It is a usual to open a speech by > Dear fellow Toastmasters, dear guests,... It is a direct, word-by-word translation of a typical opening in Czech. A friend who is a native English speaker noticed that word *Dear* should be used only in letters, in written form. It should not be used for the opening of a speech, but one should rather use: > Ladies and gentlemen,... What are the rules for an opening of a speech? Is "dear guests" in a speech English or Czenglish?

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Sarah H. answered • 07/03/19

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