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Exercise 2: Observing Compliments in Japanese - 2

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

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  • Aside from the strategy of using an appropriate level of politeness (notice the polite but friendly tone of the student in Situation 2), another strategy to be learned here is maintaining appropriate distance in giving compliments.  While in Situation 1, two friends might go on and talk about the sort of store she got the T-shirts in and even the amont of money she paid for it, in Situation 2, the student would not ask the instructor the cost of her clothing!  Unless the student were exceptionally close to the instructor and asked it in private, such a question would be too personal for an instructor in the classroom.  

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