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Assume that the employer gives a presentation to the public audience. After the presentation, you as the employee want to appreciate it.

What is the best expression used by an employee to appreciate his/her employer?

For example, is it polite to say "Anata no happyoo ha ii desu." ?

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    Maybe something like お疲れ様でした。Xさんの発表とてもよかったです。
    – Jesse Good
    Jul 4, 2012 at 8:03
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    How about 「(name)+(title like 課長/部長)のプレゼン、大変[たいへん]勉強[べんきょう]になりました。」?
    – user1016
    Jul 4, 2012 at 14:21

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  • It is not appropriate to say あなた to your boss. Call by the title plus the name.
  • happyo → happyoo
  • ha → wa
  • Using the non past form here is wrong. Use the past tense.
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  • But is it polite for the employees to evaluate the boss' performance? Jul 4, 2012 at 12:45
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    @sawa - "ha" is often used in romaji so that beginners will quickly learn to use for the 'wa' particle.
    – istrasci
    Jul 4, 2012 at 20:24
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    @sawa Saying that it is wrong is quite... wrong itself. People who learn は (particle) as romaji "ha" will still pronounce it the same way as you do when you use the romaji "wa". So it does in fact represent the sound. Similarly, people who learn し as romaji "si" will pronounce it as IPA ɕi. They have mapped the roman letters to different sounds than other romanization methods. Nothing is wrong about it though.
    – atlantiza
    Jul 5, 2012 at 0:07
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    @sawa Nihon-shiki Romanization would use "ha", not "wa". If you said "This is incorrect for Hepburn Romanization", or "Nihon-shiki is a bad Romanization scheme", that'd be a legitimate statement, but merely saying that "ha" is wrong is misleading.
    – Golden Cuy
    Jul 5, 2012 at 3:03
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    @sawa Someone used to this style knows that particle は written as "ha" is pronounced differently from はし written as "hashi" (or hasi if they prefer). I know people who use this romanization method and they are conscious of the different pronunciations. Although you may not see the rule, it is there. It's not up to us to decide what romanization methods people use.
    – atlantiza
    Jul 5, 2012 at 13:38
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Here are some options:

  • スピーチ/演説{えんぜつ}お疲{つか}れ様{さま}でした。
  • 今日は、社長{しゃちょう}/Aさんのお話{はなし}を聞{き}くことができて本当{ほんとう}によかったです。
  • 社長/Aさんのお話、たいへん感銘{かんめい}を受{う}けました。
  • 社長/Aさんのお話、たいへん感動{かんどう}を受{う}けました。
  • 社長/Aさんのお話、たいへん勉強{べんきょう}になりました。
  • 社長/Aさんのお話、たいへんためになりました。

Mostly inconsequential, but someone could object the use of 発表{はっぴょう} when referring to a distinguished figure such as one's superiors in rank.

Also note the use of Hiragana for 大変{たいへん} in the written language when you are praising someone or want to appear smart or knowledgeable. You can use 大変 in Kanji when you talk about something negative or adverse:

  • 今日の仕事{しごと}、本当に大変でした。

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