https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emma124644

Why you should learn Japanese

Hi, it's most likely you came here either because you are a beginner on duolingo wondering what to study, or just a random person looking through posts. Either way, I am here to say why you should learn Japanese! Here are five reasons why: 1.japan! Japan is a beautiful and very technologically advanced country, full of wonders and excitement. 2.food In Japan they have very interesting and delicious food. Japan is especially famous for its sushi. 3.sights and shops There are so many sights and places to go! Like the bullet train or Tokyo. 4.jobs For the older readers here, in Japan there are so many exciting business opportunities and jobs with good pay. 5.culture Japan is famous for it's amazing culture. I love its anime cartoons like pokémon or smile precure. It's been my dream for a long time to experience a tea ceremony!

And that concludes my five reasons to learn Japanese. Duolingo is helping me towards my dream of going there someday and every day I get closer to mastering this beautiful language. Thank you so much for reading! I hope this has given you a basic idea of the positives of learning Japanese. I will cover these topics in more detail in the future, until then. Goodbye!

June 13, 2019

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deleted_Z

I honestly don't know why I'm studying Japanese.. I mean, there's the Anime.... and I hope that someday I can go to Japan and learn more about their culture.

That's pretty much it.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonah..

I am learning Japanese because I am going to be a missionary in Japan. To spread the gospel is my main mission in life.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hugfanginn

Oh wow, I commend you! Here's a verse for encouragement, fellow brother in Christ: "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." -Romans 12:11-12 God bless and best of luck!

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonah..

Thanks a lot hugfanginn! I'm thinking about going with a group called YWAM (Youth With A Mission).

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Is_A_Skeleton

Honestly, of all the reasons I wouldn't put business opportunities high on the list. Japan is notorious for treating company employees (会社員) very, very poorly.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nanase4367

I love Japan, but I won't want to work there as it has a bad reputation for the poor work conditions and long work hours which is killing workers and preventing them from raising children while their population shrinks. Right now the government is trying to provide incentives for people to have children and reduce work hours but more action is required.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/01/japan-has-some-of-the-longest-working-hours-in-the-world-its-trying-to-change.html

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonah..

why are you learning Japanese (日本語) Is_a_skeleton? PS. i like the kanji :)

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Is_A_Skeleton

As lame as it sounds, so I don't have to rely on Japanese video games being localized (and have the ability to do fan translations for people who don't know Japanese).

It's gonna be a very long journey though!

Edit: Wait, is this just mocking me and I misinterpreted it as an honest question?

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonah..

Just curios to know why your learning 日本語, that's all. Take some chill pills bro :)

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Is_A_Skeleton

"Take some chill pills bro :)"

???

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonah..

you just sounded a little, well, angry in the edit of your last post that's all. Just a joke.

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BirdBrainNariman

I personally just picked up a few sentences off Duo for conversation with other foreigners in my city.

Remember, Japan is a pretty expensive place to go to, and they also don't take kindly to any non-white/non-Japanese. Travel with caution!

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonah..

I think they are friendly people no matter what you look like.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BirdBrainNariman

See: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/06/03/commentary/japan-commentary/face-reality-racism-japan/#.XQKyfi2-JrZ

And we mustn't forget the 'whitewashing' of Seretha Williams in an animated promotional commercial.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deleted_Z

.... Or maybe just for the anime.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BirdBrainNariman

Since when is there an African or African-Japanese in Anime?

We Kazakhs were lucky to get decent representation in Japanese media (Yuri on Ice), but sadly, even that anime portrayed us (along with Koreans) as arrogant.

As Thanos once greatly said, "Reality is often disappointing​."

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nanase4367

Since when is there an African or African-Japanese in Anime?

To name a few, there is Afro Samurai, and a black superhero in One Punch Man. Although not African, Yasutora Sado in Bleach has partial Mexican heritage. There needs to be more representation in anime in order for people of different ethnic and racial groups to be viewed positively by the Japanese media. Japan gets a bad reputation for not treating non-white/non-Japanese with respect and I think changing the way the media portrays certain groups would change that.

We Kazakhs were lucky to get decent representation in Japanese media (Yuri on Ice), but sadly, even that anime portrayed us (along with Koreans) as arrogant.

I don't really want to get into politics here but I think the current attitudes and disdain towards different groups is caused by the Liberal Democratic Party who has ruled Japan for most of the post-WWII era and has some party members who hate Koreans and Chinese and other Asians.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/for-top-pols-in-japan-crime-doesnt-pay-but-hate-crime-does

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nanase4367

Although I never experience such racism when I went to Japan in 2013 as a Chinese, the racism is a huge problem for Japan especially towards other Asians in East and Southeast Asia. In the article I wholly agree with the third paragraph as it is a huge problem in Asia and globally, and the media in Asia needs to take steps to treat people of different races with respect.

And we mustn't forget the 'whitewashing' of Seretha Williams in an animated promotional commercial.

That is Naomi Osaka, not Serena Williams. Naomi Osaka herself is Japanese.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roblikescats

Not my experience at all. As a white person travelling from the UK, I've spent about five weeks in Japan and have mostly found Japanese people welcoming. It is also not an expensive place either if you compare it to Europe/the US.

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KCNfoster

I am going on a trip to Japan in September though I'm sure I won't be fluent by then (I only started Japanese duolingo about a month ago!). However, I grew up with an interest in the culture through manga, jdramas, and jpop. I've never fully learned a language before and it seems like an interesting challenge. My goal is to go through the entire Japanese Duolingo tree before our trip. :D

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonah..

that's going to take a lot of work to complete the whole tree, (then again you are farther than me in levels in just a month whereas I have had Duolingo much longer than that) well, good luck! さようなら。

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nelson-James

There are a few other online resources that can help a lot. Check out Memrise, and I'm also fond of a site called Japanesepod101.

While becoming fluent by September might not be probable, you could reach a level where you could easily have casual conversations and get around with no trouble by that time.

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nelson-James

I'm studying Japanese because well yeah I like anime, but I was a film student, and when film became democratized when we moved from a very expensive celluloid medium to an increasingly more affordable digital one I started noticing very good independent filmmakers springing up in a lot of foreign countries including Japan, and I really wanted to collaborate with a lot of those filmmakers.

June 14, 2019
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