英語学習で避けるべき最大の過ちとは|Your biggest mistake with English: Quitting

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Don’t quit

Most Japanese people spend at least 6 years studying English, and in the end eventually quit.

They quit trying to speak and be as good as they wished, that is. 

I wrote this blog as a word of encouragement: It’s difficult, but possible. 

The key is to accept the difficulty and know it’s because of the many differences between Japanese and English. 

Most regions of the world have an advantage over Japan by default, because their language is a lot more similar to English than Japanese is. So you should not compare yourselves to them.  

Let’s take some of the most popular countries Japan is compared with, and I’ll share why you shouldn’t be compared.

Europeans:

  • The same language family 
  • Similar sounds, grammar and writing system 
  • Cross country communication mainly in English

Chinese:

  • Highly competitive countrywide
  • A greater variety of sounds than Japanese
  • Similar grammar to English

Korean: 

  • A greater variety of sounds than Japanese
  • English provides much more job opportunities.
  • Main religion (Christianity) comes from the west.

All of these very important reasons are not applicable in Japan. 

So what seems to be the problem? Why do Japanese people quit?

The discomfort of dealing with the multitude of differences when facing live English.

There is no secret in facing English in person.

I’m kidding. There is.

Becoming a kid again. When you are facing English in person, you will hear things for the first time, every time. 

I repeat, every time. So, if you can accept it and realize that you are not the problem, and that you’ll eventually understand what people say, you win.

Take every experience positively and see it as discovery. That’s what it is! It’s a foreign language. Everything is unfamiliar. 

This dawned on me today when I was at the bank and was told to write a “yen” mark and wrote an “m” mark. 

I thought, “Unbelievable! How could I make such a silly mistake after being here 10 years.”

Unfamiliarity of the situation. Obviously I don’t go to the bank enough.

So remember that you’re not only hearing words for the first time, but you are in an unfamiliar situation too. 

You shouldn’t be shocked if you don’t understand, you should be shocked if you do.

In a good way.

Have a wonderful summer.

Coach Chris

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