Introduction to Keigo Part 6: 美化語

みなさん、

こんにちは。

We have come to the last part of the Keigo family member, 美化語 (びかご).

By beautifying nouns, it expresses politeness towards the other party. It is used in a lot of situations, regardless of the other party’s status.

日本語:上品な言葉づかいによって相手への敬意を表す。高める相手の有無を問わず幅広く使う。

By attaching 「お」 or 「ご」to the word, it becomes a 美化語。Take note that not all words can become a 美化語。

お+和語(わご) :native Japanese words

ご+漢語(かんご): Japanese words of Chinese origin

Examples:

さけ → おさけ

りょうり→おりょうり

さかな→おさなか

腹(なか)→お腹

飯(はん)→ご飯

住所(じゅうしょ)→ご住所

I have a good bible to help me some words to 美化語。

https://www.amazon.co.jp/敬語のお辞典-坂本-達/dp/4385364257/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?__mk_ja_JP=カタカナ&qid=1528245096&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=敬語の辞典

Please don’t go yet! We still have 2 sections on this, 上下関係(じょうげかんけい) and the FAQs.

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