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(OT) Re: Re: On using tact

by Trimbach (Curate)
on Feb 27, 2001 at 10:26 UTC ( #61049=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: On using tact
in thread On using tact

I totally understand where you're coming from re: Japanese and the excessive use of tact from a Western perspective.

When I lived in Japan I did not speak Japanese, although I knew some basic phrases and polite words and such. Only problem was, the more effort I put into being polite, the more the Japanese I encountered were polite right back, so much so that after a long string of "politeness" my vocabulary was quickly exhausted and I didn't know what else to say. It made things a little awkward for me because I didn't know how to extricate myself from the situation. I quickly learned to never, ever try to out-polite a Japanese. You'll lose every time. :-D

Gary Blackburn
Trained Killer

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