Tuesday, June 21, 2011

英語総合1A Global Issues Unit 7 Politeness

Kyushu rail stewardess ready to welcome me to her train
Hello everyone!
Today we are going to start talking about politiness. Everyone thinks that their culture is the most polite. Canadians are very proud of their reputation for politeness. Japanese also take pride in their reputation for politeness. However, politeness is "a culturally-defined phenomenon" Behaviour that is polite in one culture may be eccentric or even rude in another. This makes politeness very difficult in international situations.
OK, now let's review some vocabulary. Please click the link: 英語総合1A Vocabulary.
What is politiness in your culture? Please leave a comment below.


  1. hiroki10:21 am

    When it`s rain and we talk in front of public we start with a sentence "asimotonowaruimakaoatumariitadakiarigatougozaimasu".
    It`s very polite Japanese.

  2. Japanese politeness is don't excuse every situation.It's also aesthetic in Japan.
    But it's so difficult.So people who don't excuse is so polite all the more.

  3. Yusuke10:23 am

    Japanese always say excuse me(sumimasen) to other people before doing anything.For example, to get off the train or to ask something. Interestingly,Japanese say excuse me when they do good thing to other people.

  4. Takanori10:23 am

    We should clear the dishes from the table ourselves after eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is Japanese important politeness.

  5. Kenta Sano10:23 am

    We send the New Year's card at the New Year.

  6. takuya10:24 am

    When you take a train, you should stand in line.

  7. yukihiro10:24 am

    In Japan, don't use cellphone. It is Japanese politeness.

  8. nanaka10:25 am

    Japanese dispatch "ochuugen" in August. "ochuugen" is fruit,beer,ham and aweet send boss,relative,junior,,,,
    I get it is very happy★and you are happy too!

  9. Honorific expression,Japanese say Keigo. Keigo is talked to people we respect and older people.

  10. Ryotaro10:26 am

    In Japan,SEIZA is very politeness.It is posture when sitting on the TATAMI,and it makes the mind settle down.

  11. The Japanese talk to older people using the polite form of speech.It is honorific.There are two kinds of honorifics:respectful and humble
    experssions.To use honorifics is difficult not only foreign people,but also Japanese.

  12. Ryoichi10:27 am

    Japanese politeness is midsummer gift.
    midsummer gift is things that express feelings of gratitude for people around.

  13. I think that Japanese politiness is to bring a small present when I go to my friend house.This habit isn't taught.Japanese think sorry.

  14. yuma hayakawa10:27 am

    Japanese Politeness is an honorific.When I respect a partner, I speak the honorific.

  15. Tomohiro10:27 am

    A politeness in Japan is honorific expression.
    It's important to use correct honorific expression in Japanese society.
    Japanese honorific expression is very complex. It sprits up into three groups to express respect to people and we must use each groups properly in each situations.

  16. Japanese take gifts to their freinds and acquaintances when they go to hospital and visit home.

  17. j1005910:28 am

    Japanese place the shoes neatly side by side in the shoe cupboard.Japanese is meticulous nature.

  18. Kunika10:28 am

    To use honorific is politeness. We should use senior and boss.

  19. Yoshihiro10:29 am

    Japanese lines up to wait a train at a platform.

  20. I'd like to introduce Japanese traditional politeness "KASAKASIGE". It is that when you pass someone on the road on rainy days, we have to tilt each umbrella outward.

  21. When a train pulls in a platform, passengers who want to get on have waited until all passenger finish get off. I think it is politeness.

  22. Japanese bowing is polite. Japanese usually set straight the pose and atachi both hands in front of the body or put on along the side of the body.

  23. I think that respect boss in the work is polite in Japan.because Japanese think it is good to be courteous with older people.

  24. Miyuki10:33 am

    Japanese poeple give space to eldarly person, pregnant woman and onother necessary person in the train and bus.

  25. Chihiro10:34 am

    In Japan,there is KEIGO.
    they use keigo for higher ranking people.
    It make for smoother communication.

  26. Hi Everyone,

    You are lucky to have Mr. Stout as a teacher. He is great!

    I’m an American. Many people think that Americans aren’t polite, but I disagree. We are polite!

    Many Americans are Christians. Christians believe in the Golden Rule. It says, “do to others what you would have them do to you.” This means, if you are kind to someone, they will be kind to you.

    I think Americans show politeness by being kind.


  27. Anonymous1:05 pm

    In Indonesia, Politeness means showing respect to older people.
    Personally in my home as we are Javanese people, always having my father to eat 1st and don't leave table before he permits you to. Never raise a tone on both of my parents or older relatives.
    Parents are highly respected here


  28. Sayumi12:50 am

    We use polite words and honorific words in some cases in Japan. Japanese really mind what they say because we don't want to give bad impressions.

  29. H.Makoto6:25 pm

    Japanese people don't say bad words in the negative situation. That reason is that Japanese people don't tend to think that the situation is more worse than now. This is Japanese solicitous.