Psst, learners... don't actually use "tu" for "you" or "tera" for "your(s)".
It's pretty rude to use "tu" with anyone who isn't either an SO, a good friend (and even then tum is more common) or a family member.
If you are speaking Hindi to someone on the road or a coworker DO NOT USE "TU". In other Indo-European languages "tu" can be used in cases way more formal than it can be in Hindi.
You should ideally use "tum" or "aap", "aap" being more formal than "tum" and "tum" being more formal than "tu."
I really don't know why Duolingo teaches this word to start off with... they should have used "tum" at least, ideally "aap."
The possessive of "tum" is "tumara" and the possessive of "aap" is "aap ka" for the record.
Thank you for your contribution. We as foreigners really need the clear distinction and maybe being too familiar with only the informal way will bring more problems later. At least if it was possible to write inf at the end and also consider the more formal versions that would help a lot before we create a not always accurate mental map of the structure of the sentence that is going to be very difficult to break later
Irrelevant to the conversation, I know, but perhaps of some comparative interest: Punjabi (which is very close to Hindi) doesn't have aap (or an equivalent). (Technically, you can say aap, but it's kind of a funky borrowing you're doing when you do...). So, the equivalent of tum is actually considered the more respectful form, and that leaves the equivalent of tu as the informal. The whole system shifts ... so that saying the equivalent of tu is not so bad. Perhaps it's because Punjabi culture is (arguably) more relaxed overall than the Hindi "high" culture and/or the Punjabi people have more of a rural/countryside ethos/identity. Or perhaps in Hindi the invention of aap shifted the system in the other direction.
I noticed this too and this is a troubling deficiency in the course. I don't know what made them choose the most casual form. It seems like it would be much more culturally appropriate for them to teach the other forms first and then only teach the most casual form later or in a few limited contexts.
This is setting people up for some bad cultural misunderstandings.
I would strongly prefer if this could be addressed ASAP.
Absolutely agreed. Hindi is my mother tongue, and my mother is a Hindi teacher. It's been years since I used 'tu' - and I have daily conversations with friends, family, housemaid and shopkeepers in Hindi. I use 'tum' for friends and younger siblings, and 'aap' for everyone else.
Learners/tourists, you can never go wrong with 'aap'. Your friends won't mind if you call them 'aap' - they'd be pleased and perhaps ask you to not be so polite. But if you call someone 'tu' when they expect 'aap', they'd certainly be shocked momentarily and won't forget it soon!
Dear Developers, I was also quite taken aback at how frequently I had to use 'tu' in new Duo course - I totally suggest reconsidering it in the future versions. It seems to me that a non-native is better off avoiding such tricky vocabulary so early in their coursework. Or perhaps the default 2nd person pronoun in the notes section of Basics 2 could be 'tum' or 'aap', or all three?