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Kamu impolite?

I just talked to a man who told me that using "Kamu" is very impolite. It should be "Anda", yet in all lessons I see kamu being used. Is this true?

August 28, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rick392366

I just talked to a man who told me that using "Kamu" is very impolite. It should be "Anda", yet in all lessons I see kamu being used. Is this true?

Yes, it can be considered impolite to address a stranger with 'kamu', especially if this person is also older than you are.

What you can do in such a situation is to not use the 2nd person singular at all.
Instead of using 'kamu' or 'Anda', you can use 'Bapak', 'Pak', 'Mas', 'Ibu', 'Bu', 'Mbak" to address that person.
So, what you actually do is avoid the use of the 2nd person singular, and instead of that, you use a 'title' to address a person.

Examples :
Anda/Kamu mau minum apa ?
Bapak/Ibu mau minum apa?

Anda/Kamu sudah makan ?
Om/Tante sudah makan ?

Anda/kamu mau ikut ke pasar ?
Mas/Mbak mau ikut ke pasar ?

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andraantariksa

Tip

If you're going to talk with stranger (Like on above), use "Saya" rather than "Aku"

August 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

If you look in the tips and notes for Basics 2 (by pressing the lightbulb button next to the test out button), it shows the formality of the pronouns. And yes, kamu is informal, while anda is formal.

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Son-.-Goku

My girlfriend tells me that most people just say kamu but Anda is more formal.

August 30, 2018
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