There are more foreigners in Japan now than ever before, and you want to talk to them.
But, there seems to be a problem.
According to a survey done by the Japan Ministry of Tourism,
87% of the foreigners that come to Japan are not from English speaking countries.
That means that almost 87% of the people who come to Japan are not English native speakers.So, you shouldn’t talk to them in English, right?
Let me share a little story with you.
A few years ago, I was with my dad in a cafe in Munich. We were talking in English, and then two German people came up to talk to us.
And they asked us in English if they could borrow one of our chairs. My dad and I were waiting for someone, so we couldn’t let them borrow our chair.
And so the two German people went to the people next to us.
Those people happened to be French people. And what language did the German people use to talk to the French people?
They talked to them in English. Now, the French people also didn’t let them borrow their seat, so the German people went to the next table, which had German people sitting at it.
And what language did the German people use? They used English!
Because they didn’t know the other person’s native language – or they thought that they didn’t – they talked to them in English.
When you want to talk to someone, but you don’t understand their native language, and they don’t understand your native language, what are you going to do? Well, you have two options.
Either you don’t talk to them, or you use a third language that both of you understand.
In today’s world, that third language is English.
And that’s why, in most cases, even if the other person is not an English native speaker, it’s a good idea to try and talk to them in English.
Now, there’s a chance that the other person might speak Japanese, so if you want to, you can try speaking to them in Japanese. But if that doesn’t make sense, then, really, English is your only other option if you don’t know their native language.
Now, let me ask you.
When you see foreigners outside, in the real world, what language do you normally hear? Leave your answer in the comment box below.
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