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How can I politely indicate that I know Spanish (or any other language)?

I am a white American, but I have learned Spanish as a second language. Sometimes, I will end up in an enclosed area (perhaps a waiting room or an elevator), and the only people there are me and a ...
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Decline giving personal information to salespeople [closed]

My country is full of pushy salespeople who are asking for a phone number, name or email in scenarios where they are not warranted. Scenario 1: Cashier at a pizza shop asks for my phone number before ...
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How can I let a TikTok creator know that their content is revealing their home address without being creepy?

Tina There is this TikTok* creator that I follow, her name is Tina*. Tina is creating workout videos as well as more personal content where she is telling jokes, talking to her siblings and parents, ...
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How can I ask my mother to give me privacy?

I'm a 19-year-old girl, who has a Facebook account. My mom respects my privacy most of the time, like she keeps out of my Instagram account, but always keeps logged in to my Facebook account. She ...
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Is there a polite way to ask for the person calling to identify themselves first? [closed]

I've been getting a lot of spam phone calls. Today I had one from a strange number (started with 1188). When I said hello the person asked to speak to me by name. I confirmed it was me speaking, but ...
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When is it appropriate to mention someone else's suicide attempt?

So, earlier today my friend and classmate attempted suicide. He's in the hospital right now and will probably be okay, but I dread the next time he'll come to college. I know there are triggers and ...
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How to handle the aftermath of a parent leaking information I want to keep private to family?

My parents have a 'bad' habit of disclosing information about any unfinished business of mine, or about other things I like to keep private for reasons, to people ranging from family to vague ...
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How can I make it clear that a conversation with a friend should stay private?

I recently had a long personal talk with a friend. Shortly thereafter, I found out that my friend had shared details of our conversation with one of his other friends (who is an acquaintance of mine)....
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How to ask primary roommate not to share key to my room with other people?

I live in a shared house and one of the roommates has the lease to the place. With is permission, I put a lock on my bedroom door. He then insisted I give him a key. I had hid a key for him to use, ...
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Primary roommate wants me to give him copy of key to my bedroom and I don't want to

A few months ago I moved into a shared house. Things are great. The area is good, rent is moderate, house itself is good, and I do like the people I live with. However, someone is making a request/...
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How to ask parents to respect my privacy

So, just yesterday iOS 12 came out for Apple devices. All of my family (including me) use Apple devices faithfully. My dad has used a Mac since they were first commercially available for the public. ...
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I noticed an old friend of mine has died. Should I contact her father (whom I've never met) to ask about her death? [closed]

I had a friend whom I met online, who seemed to disappear from the internet almost a year ago. I do not know anyone else who also knew her. She is a person I had known for some years, who I met up ...
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How to inform someone that you stumbled upon private information publicly available on their personal site? [closed]

Note: I created a new account for this question because asking it on my regular account could probably lead to identification of the person it's about. On one of the many other StackExchange sites, ...
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Asking landlord to stop letting himself in the house

I live in a large house shared with several other roommates. The landlord has been letting himself in, often without a clear reason. This is illegal where I live. Sometimes I do not see him myself, ...
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How to let someone know you can't talk about a subject on the phone because someone can overhear?

I don't really like my living accommodations and have several roommates. I was talking to my mom on my cellphone and she started asking: Is your house any better? Are your roommates still really ...
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Resident landlord set up webcam in front of door

A friend in the UK is sharing a property with several other people, which includes one couple (of both British and South American origins), which I believe are the landlords. Yesterday, they decided ...
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How to decline giving personal information until you recieved some in return

I need to move and find a new home to rent. The city I live in is having a housing crisis (as declared by the mayor). I think many landlords take advantage of this. I know that they’re just trying to ...
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My sister has an alcohol and drug addiction. How can I get people to stop asking me about her?

I have a younger sibling, let’s call her Sarah. Who has a severe alcohol and drug addiction problem. I’m talking 9 separate rehabs, 10 in hospital detox’s and 4 different events in which she was ...
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When looking for shared living accommodation, how to ask if room can be locked?

I'm looking for a new place to live. I would likely be living in a shared place where I don't know everyone. While I wouldn't move into a place where I didn't trust everyone, I feel much better having ...
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How to approach my brother about reading what's on my screen?

Okay, so a bit of background: I'm 15, and my brother is 19. I technically have my own laptop, but I still need to ask someone to put the password in for me (because parents). My brother knows the ...
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How can I help someone realize that they should respect the staff's privacy?

Quick background on the situation. My wife and I bought a vacation house with a friendly couple (we have known each other since the age of 3 - we're practically brothers) that we visit every so often. ...
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How to ask a friend to remove/not post photos of me on social media?

We recently attended a friend's birthday party where some pictures were taken. I had no problem with it, as long as these photos were not put online and shared. The majority of my friends (I'd say ...
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How do I recommend that someone delete their browsing history or use private mode?

Sometimes, I'm in a situation where I have to use my friend's, or colleague's, mobile phone to search for something, and they have tabs with pornographic websites opened, or their history shows they ...
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How can I ask my close friend to stop taking selfies that include me and to delete the ones he has?

I am in a tug of war situation where I can't find a polite way to ask my friend not to take selfies or ask him to delete the ones he has taken even while I refused. He takes selfies while we are ...
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Public replies to private messages

I am a member of a programmers' society email group. I recently sent a member a personal, private email regarding their behaviour in the forum. I didn't want to reduce the standing of the person ...
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How can I convince my parents to respect my privacy?

I am a 14-year-old Egyptian Muslim currently living with my parents. When I try to keep my room's door closed, my parents are always like "Why close it?" and when I reply "I want some privacy" they ...
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Partner reading my phone messages [closed]

My girlfriend and I are 27-28 years of age. Recently I have caught her going through my phone when I am out of the room and read my text messages, e-mails, Facebook..., checking who I was interacting ...
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How to respond to someone when they ask how much you earn? [closed]

When I'm at social gatherings/parties, people would inquire about my job and, because I'm an app developer, they think I earn substantially more than I do. (Oh, the joy!) They then follow up asking ...
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How to sensitively let a neighbour know that they can be heard?

How can someone let their neighbour know that the adjoining properties are not as "soundproof" as they might suppose? This in context is about terraced housing (UK usage) or row housing (US usage). ...
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Dealing with TMI (Too Much Information)

Some people are natural "sharers". They have no qualms about giving the most intimate details of their lives, diseases, relationships, etc., to even casual acquaintances. One example was a ...
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