View topic - inappropriate use of polite forms
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During my time studying in Japan, if there was one thing I wish my fellow classmates would have realized was to not always use the polite form. Once you really get to know someone, sitting there clinging onto to the polite form can really come across as someone else said, distant. It would be like having one of your friends seriously asking you to “Would you kindly accompany to dine at the local convenience store?” every single time they wanted to see if you’d to go grab a bento at 7-11 or something.
Granted there are times it’s good to use the polite form when you are asking for a favor and what not, but it’s generally not a good idea to try and annoy your friends by putting distant between you. Basically, if is someone other than a boss/teacher type figure is talking to you in a non polite form, they are doing so to show closeness, so by all means do the same back for them.
Now, beyond that, you would defiantly not want to use the impolite form with any type of boss/teacher type figure as you’ll come across as sounding like a punk. Not everyone can speak perfect keigo, so as long as you stick to desu/masu form of things, I’m sure no one will really have much of a problem even if you slip up a few times.
In general, people above you, always try to speak as nicely as you can, people that are on the same level or lower, you can then start to back off on the politeness. You can defiantly vary how you speak to make a joke, or maybe to piss someone off on purpose, but normally, you’d like to follow that chain of command style stuff for knowing how to speak.
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