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Uki Uki NihonGO + Culture! - Lesson 12 - small talk part 3

Uki Uki NihonGO! Lesson #12 Small Talk Part 3

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In our episodes, we looked at common small talk phrases in casual and polite speech.
The casual small talk video:
The polite small talk video:

Today, we'll focus on small talk in respectful speech.
You can use this when you run into someone you want to show extra respect to, such as your boss, teacher, or client/guest/customer.

Let’s say you just ran into your boss and general manager in the elevator. Like in polite speech, the weather is one of the most common topics of small talk. But here, the tone of your voice and your body language may be slightly different, such as a deeper bow.

The conversation often goes like this.

A, Matsuda buchou. Ohayou gozaimasu! (Oh, Mr. Matsuda. Good morning!)
Ohayou gozaimasu. (Good morning.)
Kyou wa, sukoshi samui desune. (It’s a little cold today, isn’t it?)
Sou desune. (Yes, it is.)
Dewa, shitsurei itashimasu. (Good bye.)
Doumo. (Bye.)

Notice your boss doesn’t use the respectful speech. Instead, they use polite speech or sometimes casual speech when they speak with their subordinates.

Here are some variations on the weather.

Hidoi ame desune. (It’s raining badly, isn’t it?)
Atsui desune. (It’s so hot, isn’t it?)
Samui desune. (It’s freezing, isn’t it?)
Atatakai desune. (It’s nice & warm, isn’t it?)
Suzushii desune. (It’s breezy, isn’t it?)

Next time you ran into an acquaintance or co-worker, please try out these quick phrases!


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