So basically, how do you say something like "talk to the boss the way you talk to your father!" You know, with a threatening tone.

  • you could try attempting something based on these examples and then more people would be inclined to give support: eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=%22the+way+you%22
    – yadokari
    Nov 29, 2013 at 18:28
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    The vast majority of Japanese speak to their bosses MUCH more politely than when they speak to their fathers. So, saying "Talk to the boss the way you talk to your father!" is a very strange kind of threat in Japanese culture because you are, in effect, threatenng someone to speak to his boss very informally.
    – user4032
    Nov 29, 2013 at 23:12
  • Oh... then how about "Talk to the boss the way you talk to your client!"... maybe??
    – user1016
    Nov 29, 2013 at 23:19
  • haha yeah i know that, Japanese people speak informally with their families and formally at work but what i gave was just a random example. All i wanted to know was how to say "the way you" Dec 9, 2013 at 18:20
  • i was halfway to writing an answer and then I wondered -- is there a way to express this using まま?
    – psosuna
    Sep 28, 2017 at 22:57

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How about...
~~する(とき)みたいな(しゃべり)かたをする, ~~するような(口のきき)かたをする, or ~~する(とき)みたいに~~する?


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