i would really like to be more educated, so i was wondering if you could explain if there is a way to politely ask someone what pronouns they prefer? again, i really would just like to make sure i am not offending anyone and doing it the right way.
It is wonderful to want to be more respectful, thank you for asking this question. Simply saying, “Hello! my name is —-! I use X pronouns. What are your name and pronouns?” or anything similar is a perfectly tactful way of making sure that you start off on a respectful foot. Or, just ask, “by the way, what are your pronouns?” most people will be thankful.