おはようございます、おじゃまします、いってきます、おつかれさまです。。。There seems to be an infinite number of greetings and polite phrases in Japanese ( I probably have a lot to learn in this area!). I’m hoping to teach my children these “aisatsu” words as early as possible… and the best way they learn is by example, so I better study up on these words and how to use them correctly!
Here are some websites I found to be informative:
1) The Proper Use of Chopsticks at Shoo Town
2) Wikipedia article about Etiquette in Japan
4) Series of cartoons about Aisatsu at “Nikkori Aisatsu Ehon”
I also found a coloring page, ”げんきにごあいさつ” at ぬりえやさん.
We have this book, ”こんなときってなんていう？”, which is an adorable board book about how to use greetings.
I really love how polite all the Japanese people I have met are. The rest of the world has a lot to learn from their culture!