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What kind of politeness in Japanese I should use in this particular situation? Hi. I have a question to Japanese native speakers. I'm 18 years old, a student. I do karate, and Japanese masters from Tokyo are coming in November to my country. They are honorable and old men, so I would like to ask you, which forms of politeness should I use communicating to them? Thank you in advance!
Oct 19, 2012 8:06 PM
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The highest forms possible! Use deferential and humble if you can. By the way, the masters won't expect you to be proficient in deferential Japanese, so if you just use the "masu" forms you will be perfectly OK. Just don't use plain forms, even if they use them towards you!
October 20, 2012
Don't forget to bow politely as well.
October 20, 2012
guys, thank you so much! Now I have pretty clear vision of the situation. Thanks a lot! :)
October 20, 2012
I think respectfulness for the visitor You can express respectfullness as your country way is best. We do not expect other country poeple perfectly use Japanese Keigo. I alway say to Japanese in other country. Roman do Roman's way (This is English we have same in Japanese). and Japanese are respects How you welcome that people that more important than words. even if your word incorrect they might be correct you word personally not in public but Just a few word how to say welcome poeple " Youkoso watakushi domo e Oide itadaki mashita" " we are appriciate you coming (Welcome)" " Wakakushi domo wa antagata no okoshi wo omachi shite orimashita (we look forward to see you) if you difficult Youkoso = welcome (polite way) Please remenber words not important, your heart is important. even if they are Our Emperor.
October 20, 2012
Since I'm not a native I won't answer the question, I'll just comment here. I would not use plain/short form. If you know keigo that might be the correct way to speak to them, but otherwise just basic polite form would be enough.
October 20, 2012
Natalia
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