Yukiyo Odate

Tips for learning languages with completely different grammar and culture. -Apply a Japanese speaker’s case to yours-

Tips for learning languages with completely different grammar and culture.
-Apply a Japanese speaker’s case to yours-

I would like to talk about some tips for learning a language which is completely different from your own native language.
This presentation will be focused on what I believe are 3 main points, which language learners should know, if they would like to learn faster and learn a language in a culture respected manner, before learning a new language.
Those 3 points, 1, Mindset of learners, 2, Cultural differences in terms of high context/ low context, and 3, Grammar differences showing interlanguage transition and steps will be introduced with examples of Japanese speakers who usually have difficulties in learning English. Those factors may be obstacle from learning faster, communicating well with less misunderstandings, or getting to a more advanced level.
Several conversation cases in high context and low context between husband and wife, and boss and subordinate in Japan will be introduced, too.
There is always a gap between what learners know and what they are actually able to use. The presentation includes the introduction of my practical way of self-training of the language learning applied interlanguage and exercise cases of interlanguage between Japanese and English.
This will be very helpful for Japanese speakers who would like to learn English and at the same time, it may be also helpful for English speakers or Latin language speakers who would like to learn Japanese.

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  • Yukiyo says:

    @Kai, thank you for the comments and I am happy to know that it was helpful. If you know those tips and differences in the language and culture, you will be able to learn Japanese faster 🙂

  • Kai says:

    This was so interesting and helpful, many people end to forget about the culture aspect of how you speak, and being from the U.K. we have moderate culture. So thank you so much for giving us an insight on how Japanese learners think and speak and how interlanguage works, I find it very helpful as I am about to start learning Japanese!

  • Yukiyo says:

    Thank you! I’m sure that it will help your target languages to improve faster and communicate comfortably 🙂

  • Yukiyo says:

    Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed my presentation 🙂

  • Hi Yukiyo,

    As an Australian in a low context culture, who studies Persian and used to study Japanese (both high context cultures), your explanation of cultural context compared to technicality was very useful. Thank you!

  • AnnamariaA says:

    Very interesting! Thank you!

  • Yukiyo says:

    Sorry @EstherB, not EsherB.

  • Yukiyo says:

    @EsherB Thank you for watching the video and for the comments! I am happy that you enjoyed it 🙂

  • EstherB says:

    So interesting! I laughed so hard when you said “English speakers may not be able to stay quiet very long if you don’t say the subject and verb”. it’s funny because it’s true.

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