Good resources to review Keigo (尊敬語 and 謙譲語)

Hello everybody.
I’ve been reading a book that was recommended for introducing myself to grammar the way japanese kids are taught.

The book is this one. And I got to say it has been a great lecture, specially the first chapters for recognizing the forms of keigo that for the most part killed me when dealing in customer service situations and some shows that use that language too (basically any show that has hierarchical relationships in it).

Does anyone has recommendations to practice 敬語? A show, yt channel, blog, etc.

I must say Its something it went right in front of my eyes without giving it much attention and now it’s making so much sense… I totally recommend the book If someone wants to give a quick review to Keigo or get a hang on 学校文法 (grammat as taught in japanese schools in contrast to how most textbooks teach japanese grammar to foreigners).

Edit: by the way the book its a review on grammar for kids going from 小学校 to 中学校. Doesn’t seem more challenging than any other lecture aimed at kids in that range of age in case you’re wondering.


Tagging @Radish8 because this might interest you :purple_heart:

By the way, this series also includes another two books (they are short 95-130 pages pocket sized volumes):

  • 小学&中学入試 まとめ上手 慣用句・ことわざ: this one an overlook on idioms and proverbs.

  • 小学&中学入試 まとめ上手 四字熟語: this one an overlook on four kanji compound words

I’m finding this series a great discovery. I was eager to get a quick glance on how japanese people are taught their own language, since there’s so much of this that’s assumed on relatively basic content**, that its not really a part of the grammar reference manuals that most people learning japanese are using (including me).

Anyway, I would love to know if anyone has find something among this lines, maybe a channel aimed at kids to review before tests or some educational tv show :nerd_face:

** for example this weekend I was reviewing some scenes from the show Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil (war and belic conflict related show) . And verbs that I’ve learned and added as vocab just as another way to say exactly the same action without clearly understanding the difference in the past, I realized it was clearly related to keigo related choice of words, wether the character was upper or lower on the military ranks… so the old 見る verb could become ご覧になる or 拝見する depending who was adressing whom…
:scream::scream: … anyway… mindblowing moments in my japanese studies… :sweat_smile:

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Ooh, this does look interesting. Thanks for the tag, @jprspereira.


I don’t have a recommendation to practice keigo, but for reviewing, I did use 敬語入門
It’s aimed at fresh graduates from university who are about to start a job and basically don’t know how to properly use keigo. I used that when I prepared for a job interview (which led to me having my current job, although the book probably didn’t have that much impact on the outcome)

Obviously, most situations are related to the corporate life, but some more general stuff are in there as well.


Thanks. I’ll keep it in mind. And I’ll post if I find a channel or some other resource related.

The book from the link I posted it’s much more related to grammar than Keigo (only the first 4 chapters out of a bit more than 30), but it’s been great to become aware of a few rules related, so at least I can hear and identify keigo when is there.

Actually now I’m finding the rest of the book much more useful than the Keigo chapters, using monolingual dictionaries for some months now, and getting the hang of Japanese grammatical terms it’s a great way to make full use of all the info available in those dictionaries.

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