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Formal Language vs Informal Language A Comparison Formal and informal language affects us everyday To some people the differences are very subtle and the need to use a more formal style or vocabulary is non-existent As a society the type of language that is used whether it be formal or informal is directly dependant on the culture and customs that are the most prevalent In the age of television and the Internet the need to communicate to the audience at its level has degraded the level of formality needed in order to speak Although the increasing amount of informality used has greatly impacted societys standard language it has left the professional world virtually unaffected The art of speaking formally is fading fast However it is important to remember that even though societys goal is to communicate to the masses as easily as possible there is still a need to hold onto some formality within societys language skills When learning a foreign language one of the first things learned is the difference between speaking to ones peers and elders In French Spanish and Japanese these formal tones are brought out in the languages verb and noun forms For instance French has a special form tu which is used for dealing with people that are peers who are on the same professional and age levels Meanwhile the vous form is reserved for speaking to socially important people and those who are older than the speaker The Japanese language is similar to French in that when speaking to familiar people and friends the chan ending is added onto a persons name to bring out the familiarity The chan form is obviously an informal ending much like English-speaking people use terms of endearment like honey or dear However while English-speaking people may not be offended by the use of terms of endearment to use chan would be very insulting unless the relationship was understood by both people to
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