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Tú vs Usted


In Spanish, there are two ways to call someone “you.”

Tú means “you” if you are talking to someone your own age or younger.

Usted means “you” if you are talking to someone older than you, or people you want to show respect to. 

If your friend asks you ¿Cómo estás? you can reply “Muy bien, ¿y tú?” (Very well, and you?).

If your teacher or Mr. Nolan asks you ¿Cómo estás? it is more polite to respond “Muy bien, ¿y Usted? (Very well, and you?)

¡Hasta pronto!  

-Señorita T.


About Lauren Tauchman

Lauren Tauchman is a Spanish teacher in Colorado. She serves on the Board of Directors for CCFLT (Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers), she is a certified instructional coach, and a presenter. She has taught K-6, middle school, and currently teaches high school Spanish 1 and 2, using TPRS/CI methods. e-mail

3 responses »

  1. Soooo correct me if i’m wrong BUT….

    Batman is older than the the other guy (I think it’s Robin)?

  2. My bad

    Batman is YOUNGER than the other guy (I still think he’s Robin)?

  3. Exactamente! Jiji (hehe)

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