‘You’ en español
Tú vs. Usted
Remember…We’ve already seen a few
ways to refer to people in Spanish!!
He →Él
She →Ella
Well, for most Spanish speakers there are
TWO ways to say “you”
Tú & Usted
Tú
Tú is the
FAMILIAR form
of ‘you’ in
Spanish. It is
used when
talking to:
• Friends
• Family
• People Your Own
Age
• Children
• Pets
Usted
Usted is the
more FORMAL
version of ‘you’.
It is used when
talking to:
• Strangers
• People Older Than
You
• Authority Figures
• People You’ve Just
Met
In writing, usted is almost
always abbreviated.
Ud.
*It’s also always capitalized.
Tú vs. Ud.
• If you are uncertain which form to use, it is usually better to
use usted until instructed otherwise.
• Spanish even has a verb, tutear, meaning to address someone
using the tú form!
• Me puedes tutear. -You can address me with the familiar tú.
¿Tú o Usted?
Your little
Cousin
Tú
¿Tú o Usted?
el doctor
Sheperd
Usted
¿Tú o Usted?
la señora
Sheindlin
Usted
¿Tú o Usted?
Tu amigo
Carlos
Tú
¿Tú o Usted?
Un perro
Tú
¿Tú o Usted?
Tu jefe
Usted
¿Tú o Usted?
Tu abuela
Tú
Tú o Usted?
Uncle Phil
Tú
¿Tú o Usted?
La mamá de
tu amigo
Usted
¿Tú o Usted?
La amiga de
tu hermano
Tú
¿Tú o Usted?
El profesor
Usted
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