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Oct
21
comment What are common mistakes made by Japanese kombini employees speaking “manual keigo” (バイト敬語)
Nihongo no Shiranai Nihongo covers this in episode 2: youtu.be/bjEhZOK80q0?t=4m32s
Oct
21
asked Was desu and masu originally geisha-speak?
Oct
20
accepted In customer settings, is it ok to ask for keigo to be repeated in more “normal” Japanese?
Oct
20
comment In customer settings, is it ok to ask for keigo to be repeated in more “normal” Japanese?
I'm accepting this question for saying that it's ok to ask for more normal Japanese, but I'm not necessarily endorsing the phrases used here. In my case, after saying that I don't understand keigo, maybe I'd make a request that emphasizes that I'm after simple-to-understand Japanese, rather than emphasizing too strongly that it'd be non-keigo Japanese.
Oct
19
comment Are there many words that have the same pronunciation ambiguity as Nihon/Nippon?
@Matt: 日本 would fit in the former of the two options you've described, right?
Oct
18
revised Are there many words that have the same pronunciation ambiguity as Nihon/Nippon?
Itai!
Oct
18
comment Are there many words that have the same pronunciation ambiguity as Nihon/Nippon?
@TsuyoshiIto: Is it clearer now, or even worse?
Oct
18
revised Are there many words that have the same pronunciation ambiguity as Nihon/Nippon?
Try clarifying again
Oct
18
revised Are there many words that have the same pronunciation ambiguity as Nihon/Nippon?
Add youtube link, clarify question
Oct
18
comment Are there many words that have the same pronunciation ambiguity as Nihon/Nippon?
@TsuyoshiIto: The former.
Oct
18
asked Are there many words that have the same pronunciation ambiguity as Nihon/Nippon?
Oct
17
comment In customer settings, is it ok to ask for keigo to be repeated in more “normal” Japanese?
+1 for saying that it's fine to ask for more normal Japanese, but I'd like to know what the suggested phrases mean before using them!
Oct
17
comment In customer settings, is it ok to ask for keigo to be repeated in more “normal” Japanese?
The only thing I can think of for phone calls is ask her to speak more slowly first, and then ask her to speak in non-keigo.
Oct
16
awarded  Peer Pressure
Oct
16
comment What are common mistakes made by Japanese kombini employees speaking “manual keigo” (バイト敬語)
@makdad: Is the book "nihonjin no shiranai nihongo"? I heard about it this weekend, and I've seen the tv series version discuss manual keigo.
Oct
16
asked In customer settings, is it ok to ask for keigo to be repeated in more “normal” Japanese?
Oct
16
comment Is it proper to thank waitstaff, cashiers, etc. for their service?
"Well, I'd often ask for her age/number/mail…" - once I was worried that I might mispronounce "フォーク o kudasai" as a gairaigo-ization of the f-word. Thankfully, it appears the latter is fairly different from the former.
Oct
15
comment If I wanted to sound more like a Samurai, what words and phrases should I learn?
This seems to be the exact opposite of this answer, where the answerer worried that "We could see 20 years old boys talking like 10 years old kawai girls or 20 years old girls talking like yakuzas!"
Oct
15
comment Why is the honorific o used for the bathroom?
Episode 11 of "Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo" talks about the o prefix a bit.
Oct
14
comment Is this the correct way of saying attending a school?
Why is this tagged "learning"?