• Italian for Beginners at Chorlton Library: Tu vs Lei

    Another Free Italian grammar for my students at Chorlton Library: When to be formal and when not to? Italians are very friendly so we tend to stop being formal at the first possible opportunity with the following phrase:



    Part 1: Tu, Voi, Lei, or Loro?

     Ciao Possiamo darci del tu?

    There are four ways of saying you in Italian: tu, voi, Lei, and Loro. Tu (for one person) and voi (for two or more people) are the familiar forms, used only with family members, children, and close friends.

    Tu, Papa’.
    Voi, bambini (children)

    Lei (for one person, male or female) and its plural Loro are used in more formal situations to address strangers, acquaintances, older people, or people in authority. Lei and Loro are written with a capital L to distinguish them from lei (she) and loro (they).

    Lei, professore, e anche Lei, signorina.
    You, professor, and also you, miss.

    Non Loro, signore e signori.
    Not you, ladies and gentlemen.


    1. The Lei in uppercase, is used as a courtesy address, is becoming less and less common, even in formal correspondence.


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