29 Jul 2014

Due to the structure of the Japanese language, only a very small percentage of the Japanese population can actually speak and converse in English. This is the main reason why a lot of store tenants are having difficulties conversing with foreign customers. At desperate cases, they even do charades just to get the message through. I am a witness to this scenario for a couple of times during my stay in Japan and I had no choice but to act as an interpreter for strangers at times.

 

No English! Me speak no English!

 

No English! Me speak no English!

 

No English! Me speak no English!

 

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