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Thanks and sorry about the romaji (I'm lazy)
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I think you are fluent in Japanese, but please allow me to write this in my poor English.
In my opinion under your environment, children under 12 years old don't need to learn です／ます form. learning basic phrases in plain form( some have ます, such as いただきます, いってきます though ), pronunciations, improving vocabulary would be more effective than attempting です／ます form.
but I'm worried that if I do, then when it comes time for them to converse with a Japanese native (not close to them) that they would come across rude, or too familiar.
Please don't worry. We don't much care about children's speech style. There are tons of Japanese teenagers who are unable to handle です／ます form. And children tend to dislike the polite expressions, in general.
If you have a boy, how to address himself might be one of thorny problems. However, I don't think most adults pay attention to teenagers' speeches, unless he is your own child.
I'd like to hear other members' opinion on this topic, too.
You might have read this also. When I read it, I felt it was new. Yes, in Japan, it is popular that parents get their infant children to learn English, and it looks pretty effective. To master English is getting more vital than when I was a child. On the other hand,
it doesn't seem that learning Japanese is essential to your children living in Australia.
I'm interested in who wants them to learn Japanese, and how your children recognize it. I apologize if these questions sounded rude. I'm just curious about it.
This is one of typical emotions of children.
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