I hope this isn’t a repeated topic. I looked around a bit but could not find this specific question.
So, in the first chapter, Tae Kim puts a lot of emphasis on the だ particle, where I feel like any other source I’ve seen would be using です
On top of that, I was watching one of the videos from Japanese Ammo with Misa, and she went into some detail regarding だ vs です and basically explained that most people do not use だ very often in real life.
Lastly, I read quite a bit of Tofugu’s explanation about them, and it seems that だ is most often used when expressing one’s thoughts out loud, or perhaps making an announcement directed at no one in particular.
It seems like everything other than Tae Kim’s Guide state that だ is impolite, yet he still teaches it in the first chapter? It’s so confusing to me.
Anyway, I suppose my question is this; Is it okay to go through Tae Kim’s Guide learning だ and just pretend I would be using です in these situations? Should I just not worry about it, and go about my studies and allow it to work itself out?
Thank you for reading my ramble, and any advice is appreciated!