Quiz: ¿Tú o Usted?
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Choosing the proper form of “you” might be more complicated than you think. Read each question or scenario and decide which would be more appropriate. ¡Buena suerte!
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Tú and usted, using the forms of you in Spanish:
In our work with professionals learning Spanish for workplace communication, we often encounter the patterns they learned in high school or college Spanish courses taken years before. One of the most common is the tendency to default to the tú form of you in Spanish when speaking to someone. This isn’t always the most appropriate way to address someone in the professional setting.
Do your students have a default “you” form?
Most of our clients had Spanish courses at some point in the past, and learned that usted is reserved for speaking to elders and people in positions of authority, or when showing respect. Having learned this, they generally default to using tú in the classroom – practicing usted only in the context of grammar drills, not everyday speech. This may even be … Read More »