¿y tú? ¿y usted? Which do I use?

In Español, you may not speak to everyone the same way. Much in the way we use different words for our elders, in the Spanish language, different words are used to show respect to different people. The words and phrases below are key when speaking to people.

When speaking to those who you wish to show respect, you use usted (ud.)
When speaking to friends or someone younger, you use tú.

Here are some examples of using tú versus usted.

President Obama: ¿Cómo estás?
You: ¡Muy bien, gracias! ¿Y usted?


A new exchange student: ¿Cómo te llamas?
You: Mi nombre es _____. ¿Y tú?

Think of which phrase (tú or usted) you would use for each person.

1. Your teacher 2. Your classmate 3. Your friend's mom

4. An elder man on the train         5. The cashier  6. Mr. Lehmann                   
Intro to video:

In this video we will present a real life application of Español by demonstrating the different instances in which you use the phrases y tú and y usted.
Watch a video here: https://vimeo.com/52681524