Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Learning culture is useful (was: Re: basic vocab)

From:DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>
Date:Thursday, September 21, 2000, 2:37
From: "David Crowell"

> After a while, I realized that the Japanese got the attention of others > by saying -sumimasen (a word I learned for -Excuse me- to interrupting
> I felt so stupid (Homer Simpons -doh!)
It wouldn't really work for asking directions on the street, of course, but one of my faves was to stand nearby the person you wanted to talk to and softly say "Anoo...." (maybe "um" or "er"). Delightfully deferent, shows the proper amount of polite reluctance that you're breaching someone else's microcosm. You wait for the other party to enthusiastically reply, "Hai!" ("I'm listening.") and then you start in on whatever your point is. Kou