How to be polite in Spanish?

When I and my family were spending our vacations in Cancún, I took numerous opportunities to ask questions to natives about different nuances of Spanish. In some cases they would answer me: “Puede decir así, pero (…) es mas educado

It reminded me of how tricky cognates can be.
While educación means in the first place education, the primary meaning of educado is polite or well mannered and it makes no reference to your education. Una mujer educada can be señora de limpieza, while profesor universitario can be mal educado or sin educación.

Still, I think cognates are a great way to learn Spanish for an English speaker and you will be 100% when you say educación for education.

Lots of success with your Spanish!


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