I hope you had a nice week-end. Today we are going to discuss politeness.
Look at the picture on the left. There have been some very interesting manner posters in Japan. Click the link to see some interesting manner posters. Which poster do you think is most effective (最も効果的な) ?
Let's study some vocabulary.
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 considered polite in one culture may be considered eccentric or even rude in another culture. This makes politeness very difficult in international situations. To make matters worse, manners change over time, even within the same culture. For example, people of my parents' generation always wore hats outdoors, but it was considered bad manners for men to wear hats indoors. Now people don't wear hats so much, but when they do, they wear them where ever they please. Also, when I was a boy, I always had to stand when a woman entered the room. I always had to hold doors open for people too, especially women, but now women prefer to open doors themselves.
Can you think of ways manners have changed in Japan? Please post a comment below.
One more thing, I have made a study guide for you. The Final Exam will be Monday 12 November. Click the link to download your second semester study guide.
See you next week.