How can I address a teacher when I don't know his or her name? Can I say "excuse me sir" or "excuse me teacher"?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the answer depends entirely upon the local custom in a questioner's culture and community. Commented Nov 9, 2016 at 5:53
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  • Is it your teacher? Years ago I used to work on trade shows, and I addressed teachers with either "Go away" or "Not another teacher...".
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is sufficient to address an instructor in most situations, though custom may vary by culture.

For example,

sensei, or 先生

is usually translated to mean "teacher" but has additional context in Asian cultures.

In a western culture university setting

Professor surname

is usually appropriate.

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