Introduction to Keigo, Polite Language
Let's look at Honorific Japanese:
There are actually several types of Honorific Japanese. Today, we will take a look at words used to exalt the person being spoken to.
First let's look at the words you will say to your boss or to anyone you respect. (to exalt--said to someone on higher than you)
|Regular||Honorific||Examples & Explanation:|
|見る (miru) to see||ご覧になる (go ran ni naru)||
You will hear this a lot in stores and on TV. It is used to politely get someone to look at something.
|行く (iku) to go
来る (kuru) to come
いる (iru) to be
You can't escape this one. Every supermarket, mall or store has someone yelling a form of this at you! Thanks for coming!
Or when speaking to a superior, you may ask:
|食べる (taberu) to eat
飲む (nomu) to drink
The McDonald's bag has this scribbled on it. It was a very polite french fry!
|言う (iu) to say||おっしゃる (ossharu)||
You will notice that in addition to changing the form, the new words are almost always much longer.This was just a snippit. If your mouth is watering for more, here is the complete lowdown on keigo