Du vs. sie
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Du vs. Sie
Du is used for informal relationships: family, friends, children and people of the same age.
Hallo Anna, was machst du?
Hi Anna, what are you doing?
Tim, du sollst nicht so laut sprechen!
Tim, you shouldn’t talk so loud!
Sie is used for formal relationships: strangers, older people, professional relationships.
Herr Professor, ich kann Sie nicht hören!
Professor, I can’t hear you!
Frau Brandenbutt, wie alt sind Sie?
Mrs. Brandenbutt, how old are you?
Darf ich Sie duzen?
May I say ‘du’ to you?
- Du has a small letter, Sie (polite) is written with a capital S!
- Using du to someone is known as duzen. Saying Sie is called siezen.
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