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Thank you for proposing that we should study Keigo more. I do not have, however, enough skills to warm up the class; the students look all down somehow, and they do not react enough to what are being taught.
Perhaps learning Keigo is too much for other students. Let’s wait and see.
@LilyR Someone else already helped me with the response, but thank you either way! I really appreciate it! Also, we would say "How would you like to respond?" or possibly "What would you like to respond with?" But otherwise your English is perfect. I hope I can get to that level with Japanese someday...
I guess, as far as keigo is concerned, is there possibly a list of words online that shows which formal word corresponds to which casual word? For example 嬉しい→幸い, まず→最初 etc. I know that kanji compounds tend to be more formal/polite but since I don't have a big, detailed dictionary, when I look up pretty much any word I get a ton of results that are translated the same but probably don't have the same meaning/are used differently. For example, if I were to look up "life," I would get 生活, 人生, 生命, 命 and I wouldn't know which of those to use in which context... Does that make sense? So I was hoping my teacher could make me a list of words to avoid in emails as well as a list of words I can used in their stead, but yeah I guess that's not happening. If there's a list somewhere online it would save my life!
@seikan-san, for me it seems that this is not a matter of Keigo, but of mastering language in context. You are indeed ambitious (in a good way) to want to obtain a set of words all in collocation.
My strategy has been to memorize words in sentences, not by individual words, using a good (authentic/idiomatic) textbook to memorize.
It is also useful to write your dairy, and ask someone (Japanese mother tongue people) correct it, and then memorize everything. After one year, you will have mastered all the words that you need to express yourself. You can use the words repeatedly and then they will be yours.
It is easy to say... I should be doing that myself for my French and English.
In any case, I am here to help you if/when you would like to ask specific questions of collocation.
But yeah, you're right, maybe it was a little silly of me to expect there to be a list out there with everything I need... Can you blame me though, it feels like you guys have a list for everything! Hahah
Also, feel free to ask me anything related to English, too!
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