Struggling with the different uses of Tú and Usted in Spanish?

At first the uses of  and Usted might be confusing.

The reason why they are tricky is that both mean “you”.

Choosing  or Usted depends on the formality of the situation.

It is very important to distinguish between them in order to use them correctly.

This is very different from English then!

So you need to become accustomed to addressing people in different ways.

Once you get the difference, it is just a matter of practice.

For example, simulating a conversation with different people is very useful to get used to them.

Or, if you are going to Spain soon, you will have the opportunity to practice with native speakers in real life situations.

Watching this nice video tutorial will help you a lot!

Using or Usted depends on the formality of the relationship.

is less formal than Usted.

In Spain we use Usted to show respect or courtesy to someone.

Also, we use Usted depending on age and social class.

For example, if we talk to someone older than us, with a policeman or with a professor.

Usted corresponds to the third person singular or plural.

At some points in a relationship a shift occurs from the formal Usted to the more informal .

We use the pronoun to address someone in an informal context, for example a friend.

So if I’m talking to my teacher, I’d say:

¿Cómo está usted? –> How are you? (Formal)

If I’m talking to a friend, I’d say:

¿Cómo estás tú? –> How are you? (Informal)

Hope you enjoyed it!

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