It’s always a good idea to act and speak politely.
The Japanese 🇯🇵 language is a very polite language. Similar to French 🇫🇷 how you speak to an adult is sometimes different from how you speak to a friend. If in doubt, it’s always best to use
polite (formal) speech.
Speaking politely in Japanese can take on many forms.
Here are just a few:
🍥 Add “gozaimasu” to certain greetings to show respect
Gozaimasu = ございます
🍥 Formal verbs use the “masu” form
Masu = ます
🍥 Handshakes 🤝 are not as common in Japan as they are in North America and other countries. When meeting someone, you often bow 🙏🏽 instead of shaking hands.
You have already learnt that there is informal and formal speech in Japanese.
Do you remember the difference between the two?
Informal speech = how you would speak to friends
Formal speech = how you speak to adults and strangers
Here are some examples:
Japanese children are taught the informal forms of verbs. They later learn the formal forms.
I am only going to teach you the formal forms.
This is important since you are a visitor to Japan.
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