Formal You is the thirty-seventh (assuming left to right) skill in the German language tree. In this lesson, the student of German learns how to talk to people in a formal situation.

Tips and NotesEdit

There are three basic ways of communicating the word "you" as a subject in German. The first two, du and ihr, have already been dealt with in the Basics 1 and 2. The new one dealt with in this lesson is Sie, which is the formal "you." It is to be used with people that you do not know well or are in a position of authority, such as a professor or policeman. 

Sie should not be confused with sie meaning "she" and sie meaning "they." In written German, Sie will always be capitalized. The only time this is a problem is when it is at the beginning of a sentence, but context should clear it up quickly.


Lesson 1Edit

  • Sie = formal you (subject and object)
  • Ihnen = formal you (dative)
  • Ihr = your (formal)


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