Informal mode of address


I'm reviewing German and noticed that you teach the informal mode of address, z.B., "du."

I recall that using "du" inappropriately was considered rude. Has that changed in German-speaking countries? 


Hi Scott,

There is definitely less hierarchy than there used to be, still I use "Sie" instead of "du" when not sure, especially with people who are a lot older than me. 



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