A great article about basic Japanese phrases and custom in Japan. The phrases have pronunciation help for English speakers, which is great!
The Japanese are incredibly kind and hospitable people who will always try to communicate with foreigners in English if possible – or impossible, depending on their level of English. But don’t be fooled by their cool exterior: on the inside they are completely stressed out about speaking English and if you pay close attention you will see beads – or sometimes streams – of sweat forming on their foreheads. See, most Japanese people think their English conversation abilities are below par even if they will be able to communicate with it.
Seeing as Japanese people in general try so hard to communicate in English it is astounding how surprised and grateful they are when foreigners speak any amount of Japanese. My Japanese abilities are nothing to rave about, but here are a few useful phrases that can create an illusion that you actually know some Japanese – trust me…
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