In this beginner-level lesson, we cover the main differences between informal addressing and formal addressing in Italian. Keep in mind that is always a good idea to be formal at first, rather than informal.

Two Main Takeaways

  • In Italian, we use the “tu” informal addressing when we want to be informal, usually with family and friends.
  • We use the “Lei” addressing in formal situations, and when we want to show respect.

Three Action Steps

  • Listen to the Italian lesson with the player above, on Apple Podcasts, or on Spotify.
  • Download this episode’s printable guide. You can find it here.
  • Take the instant-score quiz below to test your understanding of the lesson.

Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #89: Subject Pronouns in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #69: The Position of Adjectives in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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