Japanese humility

For those who learn Japanese, one of the first sentences besides the greeting, is “ど う ぞ よ ろ し く お ね が い し ま す – Dozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu” (Looking forward to your help). This saying is frequently used by Japanese people, especially in relationships that meet for the first time.

In Japanese culture, there is a proverb, “Smart Falcon hides claws.” This statement is to express the opinion that the more talented, the higher the status, the more humble it must be. From an early age, the Japanese were taught about humility and ingrained into the subconscious as a cultural trait. In a collective relationship, the Japanese often humble themselves and are humble by asking others for help. They also do not like to be praised too much and to avoid showing off and expressing their personalities. If in communication, you compliment the Japanese about a certain field, they will immediately deny or even feel uncomfortable. So, if you want to compliment them, you have to be very clever, do not compliment directly but can ask them for advice, or simply ask them for more instructions.

The humility of the Japanese people is also reflected in the way they give presents. Regardless of whether the gift is of high or low value, they always give it with both hands and give it with the saying “Although it is of no value, please accept it.” In fact, humble statements are applied in many situations in Japanese communication. People in senior positions, such as the president of a corporation or the prime minister, before speaking often begin with the saying “I’m still learning and I’m very afraid to stand in front of you here”.

Thus, from learning Japanese, children will also gradually understand the Japanese culture of humility and the way of saying “do little more”, be confident but not arrogant, boast or tell the story when practicing. be. From learning languages, people can learn more than they can imagine.

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