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do most japanese people know english
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Posted 6/21/08
i have one japanese friend but shes also half mexican and she lives in u.s. too so......i have no idea they probably can though since most learn it in school right?
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Posted 6/25/08
Most Japanese know English!

However, since they learn their ABCs at the first year of middle school only, they are more adapt at reading and writing English rather than hearing and speaking it.

The loaning of English words into Japanese contributes to that too, although they do have a few weird terms such as "happy price" or "my pace". The first one probably means discounted price and the second would be to explain a relaxed atittude.

They even have a term called "socxer", and it's a shop that sells socks. (It figures anyway. <_<)

I'm just commenting that their English literacy is quite good because of the massive amount of vocabulary used. The word 'squall' is also used in quite a common way too.

Only their listening/speaking needs brushing up because I have heard rumours of some of them running away when a foreigner asks for directions in English.
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Posted 6/30/08

Actually, most of us could understand English (or at least most of the people I know) but most of them are too shy to speak in English because of their accent. But not all of us are horrible in English. We just need to practice more. I'm Japanese but I could speak English fluently and with an American accent even though I was born and raised in Japan. I just watched many American and British films and series and read lots of English books. And I try to use English as often as I can. Plus some of my English teachers in the past are either British or Americans so I try to talk to them as often as I could. I heard in other Asian countries, they teach most of the subjects in English. Well, in Japan even our English subject wasn't taught in pure English except if our teacher is a foreigner.
Posted 6/30/08
my martial arts teacher is fluent in English and hes only came here a year ago
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Posted 6/30/08

m4c_angel wrote:

they know english but not all of them are fluent........


yeah
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Posted 6/30/08 , edited 6/30/08
i had some foreign exchange kids at my school where most of them were asian and they were speaking english pretty good, plus they were learning to speak more fluently at the same time.... mayb that will change your mind
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Posted 11/3/08
but spanish is easier for a japanese since spanish has the same pronunciation as japanese.
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Posted 7/16/09
they should know some right I mean they do take english over there well they should know if the pay attention in class
Posted 7/20/09
i dont think so
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Posted 7/20/09
I spent my whole teenage years living in Japan and I can assure you that as much as I love the country, it's culture and the people, Japan would be the last on the list of countries in Asia that are fluent in English.
Posted 7/20/09
My friend is Japanese, and her english is really good
Well there are some in my school cannot speak that well.
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Posted 7/22/09
yeah, I think students are required to learn english, but not really to speak it fluently
Posted 7/22/09
Nope, their government didn't make English one of the main subjects.
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Posted 7/23/09
They say they don't but you start speaking to them and it turns out their English is actually quite good...they're very shy about it.
Posted 7/24/09
I'm sure they know some english, but not all is fluent.
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