Lesson 8: Expressing Your Feelings

Communication Tips

Japanese people tend to say the negative things indirectly. Because they try not to hurt the feeling of others, and to avoid confrontational situations.

It's better in general to use the mild expressions rather than the direct critical ones. People can take your words differently than you meant.

For example, if you say the food in the restaurant tastes bad, the person may feel guilty to chose that restaurant.

Also, be a little careful about what you hear. The person may be implying something more than the word simply means. People usually don't say "Stop it." or "Don't do it.".

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