What to call a mother-in-law?
If a mother-in-law wants a warm relationship with her son's wife, what would she invite her daughter-in-law to call her, rather than "Senora"?
Thanks in advance
PS I am writing a romantic novel with a Venezuelan hero. If anyone would like to open a private correspondence and help me with a few Spanish words and phrases, I'd be very grateful. Dictionaries and phrase books can't do it all!
Thank you Lazarus. I'm guessing a mother is "madre" is when you speak about your mother, and "mama" when you speak to her? (Can't do the accent marks in my program).
The proper term is "suegra", but you wouldn't call your mother in law -face to face- like that. All depends on how close you are to her, or how formal she is. My mother in law insist that I call her "mamá", and my wife calls "mamá" my mother as well (and they are both happy about it), but I am sure this is not the norm. My guess is that the most common way to address a mother in law is just by using her name.