Getting started with Spanish 1
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2 Formal and informal form of address

The use of and usted for ‘you’ in the singular varies across the Spanish-speaking world.

In Spain, the informal is used increasingly not just with friends and family, but among people of the same age in general. Nowadays usted is restricted to formal situations or when addressing elderly people, as a mark of respect, courtesy or polite distance.

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In Latin America, the use of usted is the norm in most countries, sometimes even among family members, and is used in very few situations. There are differences from country to country, with the use of being more widespread in the coastal Caribbean areas, whilst in the Andean areas of Colombia or Venezuela usted is used even between siblings.

Activity 2

Listen to the recording and decide whether people are being addressed using or usted.

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Listen to these examples of people asking and giving their names. Is the questioner using or usted?

—¿Eres Eduardo?

—Sí, soy Eduardo.

—Hola, ¿qué tal? Soy Vanesa.

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a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is a.

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—Hola, ¿eres Mónica?

—Sí, soy Mónica.

—Hola, Mónica, ¿qué tal?

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a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is a.

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—Buenos días, soy Damián Álvarez. ¿Es usted la señora Manetti?

—Sí, soy Luz Manetti.

—Buenos días, señora Manetti.

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a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is b.

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—¿Eres Maribel?

—Sí, soy yo, Maribel Estévez.

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a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is a.

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—¿Usted es el señor Llorente?

—Sí, Julián Llorente, buenos días.

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a. 


b. 

Usted


The correct answer is b.

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