Tu vs Usted in Spanish
Tu is used for friends, family, and people your own age. It is more informal. Usted is used for people you do not know well or who are older than you. It is more formal. The use of tu and usted can change in different countries and cultures.
Did you know?
In some parts of Mexico, Usted is used to address a person in a polite way, even if you are familiar with them. Tú is used to address one person, but Usted can be used to address more than one person. When using Usted, the verb conjugation is the same regardless of the gender of the person being addressed.
What are the major differences between the use of tú and usted in Spanish?
How would you use tú and usted in a conversation with a native Spanish speaker?
What cultural differences have you noticed between the use of tú and usted in Spanish and English?
How do you know when it is appropriate to use tú or usted in Spanish?
In pairs: Select one task
Question: What are the main differences between tu and usted in Spanish?
Tu is used when addressing people who are close to you, while usted is more formal. Usted is conjugated differently than tu. The verb conjugation for tu is the same for all persons, while the verb conjugation for usted changes depending on the person it is addressing.
A: Draw a chart comparing the differences between tu and usted and explain it to your partner. B: Write a dialogue between two people using both tu and usted and explain it to your partner.