Welcome to the rainy season of 2018
Welcome to the rainy season everyone. I’m not sure how most Japanese people feel about the rainy season, but I can tell that I don’t feel so great.
Reason being that I’m from California, and our weather usually spoils us.
So, because I’m feeling worse than usual, I want bring up a positive topic that is rarely talked about here in Japan…
What English skills Japanese people are good at!
I bet you didn’t see that coming. All jokes aside, Japanese people have many great English skills, and sometimes our desire for improvement causes us to overlook what is actually good in our life.
One secret of improving life: recognize what is already good to help motivate you to get better.
I will present to you, “Japanese strong English skills.”
Probably never thought about it because you haven’t seen how many native speakers write the alphabet. The vast majority of Japanese people have impressively legible writing, even if they can hardly speak.
It’s unthinkable for there to be a foreigner who hardly can speak Japanese, yet have beautiful Kanji handwriting. Wouldn’t you agree?
It is astounding how many Japanese people have even developed stylistic handwriting despite their ability to perform other skills. It could be the many years you had to practice kanji, or your general attentiveness to detail; your handwriting on average is a pleasure to look at.
Due to the standard Japanese people have in English, it can cause trouble for some beginners, because they may be reluctant to communicate without pinpoint accuracy.
However, if you look at the root of this difficulty, it stems from your earnest desire to speak English correctly.
This desire is reflected in positive attitudes, die hard mentality, and very refined expressions.
- Continuous positive attitudes to learn new things are what I get from those who want to learn English.
- Die hard mentality is what I see when an older woman is underlining words in an English book on the train.
- Very refined expressions are what I hear from those who have got over the basic speaking hump, and can convey Japanese concepts in English.
These are all special qualities of Japanese English students.
This is more concrete than the former.
With exception to the ‘R’ and ‘L’ confusion, Japanese students have an above average spelling ability as speakers of a second language.
And just between you and me: many of you are better at spelling than native English speakers.
English sound tends to not accurately represent how we would imagine something to be spelled. But, I’ve been told that Japanese memorize words in the same way you memorize Kanji, by feeling. So having only 26 letters is easy to assemble.
There are many other skills Japanese people have in English that I could write about, but I’ll consider that for a Part 2 some other day.
For now, recognize your good points and don’t overlook them. You may be wasting some good skills by giving up! I can almost guarantee it.[日本語文へ]