ending a speech

Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by Juuuergen, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Juuuergen

    Juuuergen Senior Member

    Michigan, United States
    American English
    I have to give a short speech in my Japanese class pretty soon, and I was wondering about a good way to end it.

    In the English speaking world, I think the most common way to end a speech is to simply say "Thank you." Is that acceptable in Japanese? Can I simply say "ありがとうございます。”?
     
  2. Quequeda Junior Member

    Tokyo
    Japanese
    Well, the most commonplace ending will be:
    ご清聴(せいちょう)ありがとうございました。
    I think it means "Thank you for listening quietly(with a clear ear)."

    It can be used at the end of most kinds of speeches, except at funerals, where you don't need to thank anybody anyway.
     
  3. Ghabi

    Ghabi Moderator

    Hong Kong
    Cantonese
    Just want to add that "清" in "清聴" is more like "perceptive".
     
  4. Juuuergen

    Juuuergen Senior Member

    Michigan, United States
    American English
    ありがとうございました!
     

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