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duzen
Pronunciation: / ˈduːts‿ṇ /

Translation of duzen in English:

transitives Verb

  • call ‘du’
    (the familiar form of address)
    sich duzen
    call each other ‘du’
    sich mit jemandem duzen
    call somebody ‘du’
    siezen

Cultural Note: siezen/duzen

German has two forms for 'you', the formal Sie and the familiar du. Du is used when speaking to a friend, a child, or a family member. Young people always address each other as du. If someone says, wir duzen uns (we call each other du), it means that they are friends. When speaking to a person or group of people you do not know very well, the polite form Sie is used. Even though there has been a tendency for less formality in recent years, it is still best to say Sie, especially in work situations and when you would normally address someone in English with Mrs or Mr.

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