anibee's Guide to Nifty Japanese Words 101! (Vol. 24)
"Upgrading" your politeness!
Any person can hear any cool-sounding catch phrase from a random anime and go about spouting it all over the place, pretending to "know" the language. But the REAL way to impress people is knowing how to use the proper 敬語 (keigo), or honourific language.
X desu, yoroshiku onegashimasu.
I am X, nice to meet you!
X to moushimasu, douzo yoroshiku onegai itashimasu.Â”
I am called X, it is an absolute pleasure to meet youÂ”
Kiite ii desu ka.
Can I ask you something?
Kikasete itadakenai deshou ka.
Would it be alright to enquire with you on something?
Kyou wa kitekurete arigatougozaimashita.
Thank you for coming today!
Honjitsu ha kiteitadaite, makoto ni arigatou gozaimashita.
We would like to humbly thank you for gracing us with your presence today.
Knowing how to "upgrade" your speech isn't just helpful when speaking to a superior or a customer, but it's also superbly impressive sounding and shows that you possess a higher level of respect for people, for yourself, and for the language too!