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    Re: Can't speak Japanese

    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMania View Post
    It's a big big leap over learning something like French. Everybody thinks the Canadians are bilingual but the fact is there's only a little mandatory French education in the schools and then you either keep taking it or choose not to. I have a friend who did keep taking it and after eight years of classes he knows how to order a lunch and ask people for directions. He can't have conversations.
    I can relate to this. Prior to visiting Europe, I actually took a few French classes so that I would not have much difficulty asking some basic questions. While the vocabulary and pronounciation is not difficult, it is a completely different story when you are in a conversation with a fluent speaker. While I could understand sentences when they were right in front of me, I could barely understand anything spoken to me while in France; they spoke much too fast for me to be able to pick out individual words.
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    Re: Can't speak Japanese

    I find that some hand gestures seem to be Universal...
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    Re: Can't speak Japanese

    I survived TDL by using a lot of hand guestures. When the CM asked how many, I just held up fingers (not the middle one, though). When they asked me what I wanted for lunch, I just pointed.

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    Re: Can't speak Japanese

    ^ Gestures do go a long long way...

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    Re: Can't speak Japanese

    I just hand out candy and that seems to do the trick. THAT is my gesture.

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    Re: Can't speak Japanese

    Quote Originally Posted by NewlandArcher View Post
    MickeyMania, I think you mean to say that Japanese is one of the most difficult languages for English-speakers to learn, simply because of differences due to the phonetic and syntactic structure, etc.
    Not just English speakers, as I'm unaware of many other foreign languages with all the courtesy levels of Japanese.

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    Re: Can't speak Japanese

    There are people who speak English inside the park, no worries. Well I didn't say the spoke it well but they speak it

    Here are some tips on how to say stuff:
    Attention! - Sumi masen
    Please show me... -
    Misete kudasai
    Do you speak english -
    Anata wa eigo o hanashimasu ka?
    Where is it? -
    Doko desu ka?
    What time is it? -
    Nan-ji desu ka?
    Where is the bathroom -
    Toire wa doko desu ka?
    Water -
    Mizu
    Hotel - Hoteru

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