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JAPANESE LANGUAGE N4

Instructor: ZUVS Halls of Ivy

Language: JAPANESE LANGUAGE N4

150 hours dedicated and interactive live classes with an experienced trainer from the winner of the best language training institute of NCR. 

In this module,

A Polite Culture Makes A Polite Language:

N4 is all about basic and polite expressions which play an important role in the working culture of japan.

While learning Japanese, let's learn about Japanese culture, too!

日本語を学ぶときは、日本の文化も学ぼう!

Japanese language and culture go hand-in-hand. If you are learning the Japanese language learn Japanese culture as well. A good way to do this is to try to behave the same way as people actually behave in Japan.

In fact, the Japanese can't be used appropriately without an understanding and respect for Japanese culture.

Japan is a vertical society, which means that people are not necessarily in equal positions, in various hierarchical relationships-

Teacher-Student

Boss-Subordinate

Elder-Younger.

If casual speech is used, respect is not conveyed to one's partner and it causes discomfort. Japanese culture values taking your partner into consideration and then behaving accordingly. Respect is shown to one's partner by the usage of the polite language.

So, it's important to learn polite and casual speech both. In addition, even if a teacher and student will practice casual speech together at some point, polite speech should be used during the first meeting as per the Japanese culture. For example:

English uses only " I" and "You"  to describe's one's self and one's partner, but in Japanese, there are different terms for " I" and "You"  that vary in politeness and familiarity with one's partner.

"I"

私(わたくし)

Women use this form of "I" in both polite and casual speech. When men use it, their speech becomes polite.

あたし

This is used by women in casual speech.

僕(ぼく)

Men use this in casual speech, and it is relatively polite (compared to the next one).

俺(おれ)

This is used in casual speech amongst men.

Try practicing both styles with us at the N4 level.

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