高級 日本語 1『Some respect please?』
Here in the western world you can most often talk to your boss or a stranger the way you would do with your friends, formal speech is not something we stand still and think about often, but in Japan people live by it. Say something using impolite speech and you are thought to have no social manners at all. Let’s gain some respect by talking with respect!
To all Japanese learners one of the more difficult things is Japan’s hierarchy system of social position, knowing your position and how to interact with people of different levels up the social ladder weighs heavy. Respect is everything. Doesn’t it amaze you how Japanese people always praise other people? I’m sure you’ve heard one or two of your Japanese friends saying 「Oh your Japanese is so スゴイ！」just after you uttered your「konnichiwa」. Yes it’s over the top but it all has to do with being polite and respectful.
Different occasions with different people requires different speech but because there are so many levels of respect, new learners (and even advanced learners) will feel overwhelmed by how many different ways there are to say one and the same thing. To help you on your way I’ve created this well, ‘verb cheat sheet’ using the 3 most used politeness levels along with it’s regular meaning. Hope you’ll find it usefull.