Welcome to Ninjapan. Today’s topic is Japanese can’t speak English.
Have you ever traveled to Japan? The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be held in Japan this year. Many foreigners are expected to come to Japan for sightseeing on this occasion. However, the coronavirus is now spreading in Japan, and some news has stated that it has been canceled or postponed, and we are worried about future trends.
In this blog, I will tell foreigners about Japan.
The theme that I’ll cover this time is the Japanese level of English. One of the surprises, when many foreigners come to Japan, is the level of Japanese English. “Japan is a well-developed country, and despite being a rich country, why can’t you speak English so much?” Why is it that Japanese people are so diligent in the world and have a high level of education that the Japanese cannot speak as much English? This time, I will tell you the reason and measures.
Only about 10% nationwide?
Overseas culture has come to Japan and has recently become international mode. So the demand for English is increasing compared to the past. Many Japanese are studying abroad or traveling on working holidays. However, many foreigners surprised when they come to Japan that most people do not speak English. According to national statistics, less than 10% of English learners are over 25 years old. Few people can actually talk normally. Despite having up to 12 years of studying English in Japan, most people cannot speak English at all.
What is the cause?
1. Japanese language education in Japan
First of all, there is a problem with English education in Japan. Japanese English classes mainly focused on studying for exams and college entrance examinations and mainly focused on studying for exams. Rather than studying English to speak English, I lean toward teaching guidelines that understand grammar and words and learn structure. So I don’t have the opportunity to learn very practical English. Many people can read and write because it is not completely meaningless and they have learned grammar and words well. And as I get older, I learn to read long sentences, but many are not very practical.
In addition, English teachers are basically Japanese. Most Japanese English teachers do not speak English like native speakers and learn English with Japanese pronunciation. The English language class is also unique, with the teacher writing down notes on the blackboard. So when I’m spoken by a foreigner, I can’t hear what I want to say at all.
Another problem is that there are few places to output English. English classes are also mainly literate, so there are few opportunities for conversation, and there are few opportunities to actually state one’s own opinion, or have daily conversations or presentations.
So, there are many adults who have learned, but have no chance to practice, and forgot if they noticed.
2. Japanese English
There is another problem that has hindered the improvement of Japanese English standards. It is in Japanese English. Japan was an island nation, and since ancient times, there have been few opportunities to interact with other countries since ancient times. At that time around the 14th century, foreigners such as the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom came to Japan and began to interact. Japan was cut off from exchanges with other countries by saying that it was a national isolation policy. At that time, much more sophisticated products and new cultures introduced to Japan from overseas.
The Japanese adopted them in Japan, but most of them named their languages in Japanese in katakana as they were. Therefore, many Japanese people think that Japanese English is English, but they do not reach foreigners at all.
In addition, it often omitted in Japanese, and if this Japanese English also omitted, the meaning is completely unknown.
The nature of the Japanese
Japanese nationality is shy and shy nationality. Actually, there are many people who do not speak English because they embarrassed. Japanese people are a Buddhist country, so we value cooperation very much. That’s why it’s susceptible to others. I don’t want to speak too much English because I don’t want to think that I’m bad at speaking English. This goes back to school English classes. In Japan, if you do not answer correctly in English classes, you will not be able to study from around you, so there are quite a few things to say. I have the complex even when I grow up. And since there are many perfectionists, they often speak using the perfect grammar learned at school.
So how should we Japanese people be treated?
These are the reasons why the Japanese cannot speak English.
- Speak slowly
Japanese can understand most words by speaking slowly.
- Use gestures
It is universal, but it can be expressed somehow using gestures.
If you have difficulty talking, use an interpreter.
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