In French, when you speak to someone, how do you translate "you"? "tu" or "vous"?
Here is a schema to help you 🙂
@F1RUM that often pops up in r/French and r/languagelearning it's a fun little graph, which does teach you about etiquette en français
Dommage que ne soit pas représenté le vouvoiement des enfants envers leurs parents et aïeux dans les familles aristocrates 😄
Long time ago, when there were separate estates of people, the nobles were referred to as "sir/mr." and the peasants were referred to with "thou". Then, after feudalism was abolished, everyone was lifted up to the level of nobles - now everyone is "sir/mr.", and "thou" is reserved for people you're close with.
An alternative way to bring equality is to bring everyone downwards, to the level of peasants. Then everyone is called "thou".
Except not in English.
I'm pretty certain the above happened in Polish, and I suspect a similar thing may've happened in French. In English it probably happened differently, because "thou" was dropped and "you" is somewhere between "thou" and "sir".
My point is, let's default to the higher level of respect.
@wolf480pl Ok, first, this is about French an not English. And I'm pretty disturbed how you associate people close to you (the ones for which you say you reserve "thou", also, except actors in Shakespeare's play, does anyone still uses "thou"? 🤔) with being peasants. I surely wouldn't be friends with you if this is how you think of them… 🙄
@besserwisser sometime, I think they are right to have an easier language. Time that French children spend to learn all subtleties of our language instead of learning really useful things 😕
@F1RUM looks pretty intuitive to me. Very similar to "ty" vs "Pan" in Polish. I suspect German "du" vs "Sie" follows a similar pattern as well.
I wonder if English "thou" vs "you" would follow similar pattern if "thou" survived to our times.
@F1RUM I always use “tu” if it’s the second+ time we are taking... 😄
Whoever is offended, not my fault that they cant get a time machine 😅😂
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!