Whenever I'm in Poland and speak to an elderly person or a stranger, I'm used to using 'pan/pani' and it feels right. Then when I speak English to a similar person, it always feels strange to address them with the same pronoun I use when speaking to the most intimate of friends. I usually call them 'sir/ma'am', but that doesn't cut it for me. Does anyone else feel the same way?
By the way, does anyone know if France tried to get rid of their formal pronoun after the Revolution and replace it with whatever the normal one is (tu?)? Also, I can't think of any other Indo-European language that got rid of the formal pronoun like English, are there others? If I'm wrong with the history of the whole 'you/thee/thou' thing, please correct me.