Immerse yourself in Japanese culture
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With more than 130 million speakers, Japanese is the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. Those who learn Japanese often have or develop a strong affinity for Japan and its fascinating culture. Private Japanese tuition will provide a gateway to this unique and intriguing culture. Discover Japan, the home of karate and karaoke, bonsai and bullet trains, sushi and sashimi.
Japan is the second largest economy in the world. The Japanese are great innovators, great international tourists and Japanese is the third most used language on the internet today!
Meanwhile, Japanese cultural exports are increasing rapidly. Just think of Japanese animation, sushi and karaoke. Japanese people make up the third largest community on the Internet, after English and Chinese. An estimated 10% of the world’s online population are Japanese speakers.
Learning Japanese connects you to these people, offering an expansive resource for Japanese language learning. You will connect to people who may be future friends, acquaintances or even business associates. Plus, Japanese is not as hard to learn as you think.
Japan is a prosperous country and has the most diverse economy in Asia. The leading Japanese companies are among the largest, most efficiently run, and most well-known firms in the world. Familiar names like Sony, Toshiba, Sanyo, Casio, Canon, Minolta, Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and many others have infiltrated the world market in a variety of sectors.
If you’re in the field of business, engineering, manufacturing, research, economics, or politics, the chances are you will be competing with, if not working for, a Japanese entity.
Japanese consumers spend a lot each year on consumer goods and services, such as food, clothing, travel, and entertainment. The typical household has substantial savings and disposable income. Bearing this in mind, it is perhaps not surprising then that exports to Japan are high. In addition to this, many UK companies have successful branches in Japan.
In addition, when you learn Japanese, you become not only proficient in the language but also gain an insider view of the culture. Understanding the Japanese work ethic, their business etiquette, and knowing which cultural faux pas to avoid can often make or break an important business deal.
Throughout its history, Japan has been shaped by the influence of Asia’s great civilisations: India, China, and Korea. While the cultures of these Asian countries do differ, Asian cultures together share many similarities that differentiate them from Western ways and norms.
A study of Japanese can open your perspective on the values that other Asian nations share with Japan, including religious beliefs, ethics, and aesthetics. A familiarity with Asian cultures also allows you to step outside the culture you live in and see it from a fresh, new perspective.
As we have already mentioned, the Japanese make up the third largest language community on the Internet, after only English and Chinese speakers. An estimated 88 million Japanese, or 9.6% of the world’s online population, are connected to the Internet.
Knowing Japanese can connect you to these people in an instant. They may just be future friends or acquaintances, business associates, or even the market that you or your future employer hopes to target.
Considering that Japan is a geographically isolated island nation that is densely populated and poor in natural resources, makes the strength of the Japanese economy even more impressive. The Japanese have relied on their creativity and scientific know-how to succeed not only economically but also in ecology.
With their drive for innovation, the Japanese are known as high tech leaders in an impressive range of fields.
From anime to sushi bars, karaoke to manga, bonsai to origami, Japanese culture has become part of international culture. A knowledge of the language will give you direct access to Japanese film, animations, and comic books. You could get an insight into the special terminology used in your favourite martial art, help you understand the cultural basis for the origin of the samurai warrior, and develop an ability to order sashimi like a native at your favourite Japanese restaurant!
The majority of people who learn a foreign language choose a European language like Spanish, French, German, or Italian. Choosing a less commonly learned language will pop out on your resume and differentiate you from the crowd. It is not only the words that are different. There are the characters to learn. Who would not like to be master of those!
With a comfortable amount of disposable cash in their pockets, millions of Japanese tourists head to destinations abroad every year. How good it would be to strike up a conversation in Japanese with some of them. This way friendships are made, connections are established, careers are forged. Of course, knowing Japanese will make your own visit to Japan both easier and much more enjoyable.
It’s true that Japanese has a much different system of writing than English or any other European language. However, foreigners can get by with learning the 44 or so hiragana or katakana characters that represent sounds in much the same way as the English alphabet does.
In addition, the grammar of Japanese is in many ways simpler to that of European languages. Japanese nouns have no genders, plural forms, or accompanying articles to learn. The language also has only two verb tenses, present and past, and includes very few irregular verbs.
Spoken Japanese has only five vowel sounds and spelling is phonetically consistent, making the language relatively easy to pronounce.
Like other languages of Southeast Asia, Japanese is a highly analytical language. Though Southeast Asian languages are distinctly different among themselves, as a group they are clearly differentiable from geographically more distant language families, such as Indo-European and Afro-Asiatic languages.
In particular, the grammar of Japanese is very similar to that of Korean and both languages have an equally advanced system of honorifics for showing respect. And Japanese takes its kanji writing system from the Chinese system of ideographs.
Learning Japanese brings you a step closer to taking on Korean or Chinese because many of the concepts underlying the language are similar.
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