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Exercise 10: Simulation Exercises for Responding to Compliments

Red Core Strategy
Blue Important Supporting Strategy
Black Aditional Strategies
Green General Strategies

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Evaluation of the Sample Dialogues


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Using an appropriate level of politeness

Response strategies used

Sample Dialogue 1

Using the polite desu/masu form (appropriate for a boss)

§   Downgrading the compliments

§   Offering background information

Sample Dialogue 2

Using the plain form (appropriate for a friend of equal status)

§   Questioning the compliments

§   Thanking (accepting)

Sample Dialogue 3

Using the polite desu/masu form (appropriate for a boss)

§   Offering background information

§   Providing positive comments

Note that the above dialogues are just samples, and there are various other ways to respond to compliments that are also appropriate.  We encourage you to observe the language of Japanese speakers and experiment in real-life communication using the strategies you learned in these exercises.  Observe also how people react to you when you give and respond to compliments. 

  • Remember that an important strategy for learning speech acts can be to gather data, almost like a mini-researcher.  You can indicate to your interlocutors that you are not sure how to perform a given speech act such as complimenting and ask them for their opinion.  You can also check with them as to whether your response to the speech act is appropriate in that situation.

View Dialogue 1 (Situation 1) Transcript

View Dialogue 2 (Situation 2) Transcript

View Dialogue 3 (Situation 3) Transcript

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