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Nihongo Jouzu Desu ne ? What does it mean and how to Deal with it ?

Nihongo Jouzu Desu ne ? What does it mean?

 

Nihongo Jouzu Desu ne ?  How to Deal with it? You know the situation, you have been living in Japan for a few months, mastered chopsticks, have stopped hitting your head on low slung ceilings, and have a grasp of a few key phrases. At some point you feel confident to use them, maybe you are at a bar, maybe it is just after you have taught a lesson, or maybe while out and about in town.

Then comes the response. Often accompanied by a look of amazement and raised voice:
“Nihongo ga o-jozu desu ne!”

Nihongo Jouzu Desu ne ? What does it mean and how to Deal with it?

Meaning, of course, your Japanese is so good!

This is how many folks in Japan will respond when they hear foreigners speaking a little Japanese, even when you know yourself your language abilities are not that high or you have simply used an oft-heard phrase.

The following is the best reasons can come up with:

1) There is an arrogance among Japanese that the language is impossible to learn based on the fairly large number of foreigners who can’t even speak a word of Japanese; therefore, the language is praised.
2) It is some sort of aisatsu that was taught in a dark room in the bottom of a school when they were a child, told that it is actually taken as a compliment. Along with telling people that they use chopsticks well.
3) It is patronizing those who do not speak good Japanese yet. I’ve actually heard people murmur behind my back to my Japanese friend that it seems I can’t read all kanji, then have the person come up to me while I’m finishing a form and tell me “Nihongo ga jouzu desu ne!”
4) It is some sort of code for alerting other Japanese people nearby to call the secret police. (Unconfirmed! :D)

But seriously… does anyone have an answer to this behavior? I try to brush it off every time, but it gets REALLY old. I’m very curious if anyone has the answer to the source of this dreaded phrase.

Nihongo Jouzu Desu ne ? What does it mean and how to Deal with it ?

Nihongo Jouzu Desu ne ? Tips to Deal with it?

1. Reverse fire

They compliment you, you compliment them. Try complimenting them on their English (bonus if you do this even if you haven’t heard them say a word of English).

2. Act cocky

Show them they haven’t seen anything yet and you would blow them away with your greatness.

3. Be clever

Say something that allows you to react humorously to the compliment. This is my territory. Sometimes, this works well, sometimes you get an “Ahh, American Joke!” Sometimes you just get confused or annoyed.

4. Show thanks

Thank the person for their compliment. Despite you saying only “こんにちは,” you show your gratitude. This is the most harmless response.

5. Get angry

Never a good option, but this is where you show your contempt for the phrase.

6. Be modest

Tell them that you only know a little, or still have a long way to go. This is harmless if it’s true, but if you follow it with fairly decent Japanese it can come off as snarky.

7. Smile

Sometimes words aren’t necessary. This requires the least effort, everyone loves a good smile, and it may shield off any negative thoughts you were about to have.

Nihongo Jouzu Desu ne ? What does it mean?
Nihongo Jouzu Desu ne ? What does it mean and how to Deal with it?
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