Today’s Word: polite

August 20, 2018 =========

☆  polite  礼儀正しい


Someone who is polite has good manners and behaves in a way that is socially correct and not rude to other people. I think being polite is probably one of the hardest things to do when there are different cultures involved. Unless you know what that culture thinks is polite and not polite, it is easy to make a mistake.

It is possible to learn the culture, so that you don’t make a mistake, but the language can be much harder. Do you agree? As I mentioned earlier in the month, the Japanese Keigo language can make it much harder to be polite in some situations. If you were talking a non-native Japanese speaker in Japanese would you be offended if they didn’t use Keigo? Would that be impolite? Or would it be OK since they are not a native Japanese speaker?