Japanese Online Newsletter Vol. 76 敬語(けいご)

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Many things are difficult when studying Japanese. For example, there are hiragana, katakana, kanji, and romaji. On top of that, they are all mixed in the same sentence. There are many words with the same pronunciation but different meanings, and men and women speak differently. What makes the Japanese language even more difficult is "Keigo". We use honorific expressions for superiors, teachers, seniors, and so on. This honorific language is difficult even for Japanese people.

The term “tame-guchi" is used to describe a word used by friends without consideration or discretion. The end of a sentence such as "〜〜da yo ne" "〜〜da ze" and "〜〜da wa" are tame-guchi and should not be used with superiors.

Keigo is a prefectural way of speaking that confirms the other person's feelings, rather than directly telling that person your opinion. Also, it is an important consideration for superiors in Japanese society. When studying Japanese, please pay attention to Keigo.

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