Okay I want to ask the swarm intelligence about that and about your experiences.
Short introduction to the topic, I learned Japanese at university and there we started with the ます-Form in the beginning and used that for the first Semester or the first half of the semester exclusively. And I far later we were introduced to the じしょ-Form, which is now used nearly all over the board to explain Grammar Points, to read about new Vocab.
Now to my question, wouldn’t it be better to start Japanese Classes with the じしょ-Form which is basically the basis of Japanese language and if you are comfortable with it, you can basically build all the other grammar points on top or do you think it is a good approach to start with ます Form ?
I discussed that topic already with some Japanese people and the main argument to begin with the ます-Form is because it is more polite and Japanese is a polite language, so it should be that base form of your studies…
So to sum it up do you think for Japanese learners, would it be better to begin with じしょ形 or with ます形 and why? and which one did you start with ?
- ます Form
- じしょ Form
thanks a lot in advance
P.S.: I’m not that skilled in writing Polls xD could somebody add one for “which did you start with” and one for “which would you rather have wanted to start with”?