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‘Tu’ ou ‘vous’ ?

‘Tu’ or ‘vous’ ?

A listener asked about ‘tu’ and ‘vous’. In English, we simply use the pronoun ‘you’ but, in French, things are more complicated.

In this conversation, we talk about when to use ‘tu’ and ‘vous’… and how to ‘make the switch’ between the two when our relationships have evolved over time. Let’s listen.

In our conversation, let’s see how to use the following expressions, and more:

  • tutoiement (m), (addressing s.b. as ‘tu’)
  • (se) tutoyer, (to address s.b. as ‘tu’)
  • vouvoiement (m), ((addressing s.b. as ‘vous’))
  • (se) vouvoyer, (to address s.b. as ‘tu’)
  • reculer, (to recede)
  • connaissance (f), (acquaintance)
  • collègue (m), (colleague)
  • relations (f pl), (relations)
  • milieu (m) social, (social setting/context)
  • grandes personnes (f), (adults)
  • constater une tendance, (to notice a tendency)
  • se garder de [+ infin.], (to be wary of [doing])
  • astuce (f), (trick)
  • s’y prendre pour [+ infin.], (to go about [doing])

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