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Old 06-22-2003, 10:58 PM   #1
Charles Hill
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Arigato or Thank you

It seems that most people think that Japanese should be used to name techniques. What do you think about using Japanese for things other than techniques? Should we say thank you to our partner in our native language or in Japanese? How about other common situations in the dojo?

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Old 06-23-2003, 02:28 AM   #2
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Just got back from a four-day seminar in Germany. Many different ways were used to say 'thank you' - english, sweedish, danish, german and japanese. I prefer the line 'domo arigato gosaimashite' (sp. ?) simply because just about everybody knows what I mean, and the sensei was japanese. I'll go for tradition on this subject any day.

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Old 06-23-2003, 02:31 AM   #3
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I usually use english. I know a bit of Japanese but it always feels so pretentious, especially when nobody there is Japanese.
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Old 06-23-2003, 06:35 PM   #4
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Quote:
Dan Ross (Dross) wrote:
I usually use english. I know a bit of Japanese but it always feels so pretentious, especially when nobody there is Japanese.
Do you (plural, not YOU, Mr. Ross) wear Nike sweats or a DOGI?

Do you bow into the dojo and onto the mat and to your partner?

...

Why?

I use the Jpn, but I don't feel pretentious, but quaint. I'd much prefer training in fatigues (no more nose-dives courtesy of the HAKAMA), but with Jpn teachers still largely constituting the "charisma" of the art (to use Peter Goldsbury's term), I'd quickly be disenfranchised from participation in group activities. Jpn thank you just fits. (I wish intoning it'd improve my KOTE GAESHI/forearm return, though...)

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Old 06-24-2003, 01:09 AM   #5
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Seeing as how I train in Yokosuka and Kurihama, 65 km south of Tokyo, Japanese it is... in ALL conversation.



-drin
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Old 06-24-2003, 05:58 AM   #6
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Smile Arigato or thank you

In our training, some say thank you and some say arigato XXXXXXX. I think arigato xxxxx is prefer than thank you though it means the same. We are practising Jpn martial art.

Cheers, mengsin

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Old 06-24-2003, 11:50 AM   #7
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Re: Arigato or thank you

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mengsin ng (mengsin) wrote:
In our training, some say thank you and some say arigato XXXXXXX. I think arigato xxxxx is prefer than thank you though it means the same.
How about "terima kasi"?

Don--did I get that spelling right?--Modesto

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