Expression: On peut se tutoyer ?
Pronunciation: [o(n) peu seu tu twa yay]
Meaning: Can we use tu with each other?
Notes: French makes an important distinction between tu, the informal "you," and vous, the formal "you." There are even verbs: tutoyer means "to use tu" and vouvoyer means "to use vous." Deciding whether to use tu or vous can be difficult for non-native speakers, and then even when you do choose correctly, you sometimes need to make a switch. That's where the French expression on peut se tutoyer comes in.
Some situations, such as a meeting between friends of friends, are borderline - the French feel that maybe they should use vous but would prefer tu. In order to avoid offense, they'll ask on peut se tutoyer ?
Another common scenario occurs when you start out using vous with someone and eventually become friends - at some point you'll want to make the switch to tu.
Variations: Peut-on se tutoyer ? On se tutoie ?
Lesson: tu vs vous
Quiz: tu or vous?
Conjugations: tutoyer | vouvoyer