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Old 14th May 2006, 09:10 PM   #2
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada
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Default Great show... and a little cultural sidenote

Very interesting podcast about the uses of tu and usted. It should be very useful on my trip to Spain next fall.

I'd say that in French, the use of the formal form is a little bit more widespread. At a twenty-something woman, I systematically use "vous" when speaking to strangers unless they are younger than me, including everyone in the service industry. I'd also use "vous" when talking to slightly older acquaintances, like my friends' parents, a grand-aunt, an older family friend or university teachers over 40. Basically, I'll use "tu" with anyone I'd be comfortable having a beer with, and "vous" with anyone else. And when in doubt, it's always safer to be more formal (whereas I got the feeling from the podcast that using "usted" might be perceived as cold or distant, right?)

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