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I wanted to ask this question to my Japanese instructor, but I understand that in Japanese, it is inappropriate to use 〜たい to 目上の人

So how would I phrase this question in a polite way? よろしくお願いいたします。

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    Can you write up the whole sentence, for reference? – Amani Kilumanga Mar 8 '16 at 7:37
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    @AmaniKilumanga I was going to say ずっと日本語の先生になりたかったんですか。But from user4092 's post, I realized I can actually make it more polite by asking using と思いました/とお思いでした – CeciliaL Mar 8 '16 at 21:25
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I don't think it's inappropriate to confirm what's already done instead of his/her current desire (Actually, this question doesn't seem taken as rude, considering the nature of the question, even if it referred to the current situation). So, I'd say ずっと教師になりたいとお思いでしたか.

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You can say ずっと先生になりたいと思われていますか?

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