Good books are all over the place and I want to share them with you! I figure if you’re still reading this, you care, so…I mean…it beats shaking down random people in the street and trying to recommend books to them. Star Trek fans know what I’m talking about: you want the rest of your family and friends to love it, but they don’t, so you find your ST buddies…sort of like a cult.
Cult? AJATT. AJATT? Books. Books? Today’s book: a handsome little tome on keigo and how to use it.
||Good book. Not really for going through in one sitting. This is a “keeper”, one you’re going to want to come back to from time to time and add to your SRS piecemeal.
(Maybe you can make yourself a separate keigo deck if your SRS allows easy deck management like, ahem, Surusu 😛 )
Another word of advice…a lot of people used to tell me this and I thought it was the cheesiest double McCheese thing ever, but now I think they were right: keigo is valuable and important, but basic kindness and a smile are even more important; it is possible to deliver cold-hearted keigo, but…what a waste. 😉
Having said that, gaijin are rarely short on personality but do sometimes (frequently?) come up a teeny bit lacking in refinement and etiquette — I’m one to talk! — so…getting yourself some solid keigo would be a worthwhile exercise.
Speaking of color…gol darn, man…This is a beef I have with manga as well…I am more than willing to pay someone to get some color up in here!
Like I said, the highlighting puts English-language books to shame. A lot of English-language business book authors seem to have these weird pretensions to novel-writing. They seem to want to tell you a story.
As a reader, let me tell it straight up: I don’t need your story! Story-telling may have worked for The Richest Man in Babylon, but that was a one-book stand! We just kind of let it slide because George Clason was so smooth about the whole thing. We were young; we were inebriated; he was charming…
Business writers, businesspeople, heed my call: I know that neither academics nor artists respect you; I know you want to be considered “real” writers of artistic and intellectual value; I know that being thought of as nothing but rich philistines grates on your self-esteem, but just get over it and give me some bold type and bullet points, big fella! Tom Peters knows what I’m talking about.