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  • 2017,5
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Studying domestically vs studying abroad.

In our lesson today, we talked about the differences between learning English only in Japan vs learning English in an English speaking country.

 

 

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Unfortunately the students in the discussion did not have any experience in studying abroad.

 

We mentioned that students have different goals when studying English.  Some people study to pass a test, watch American movies without using subtitles, to travel around the world, for work, and many other various things.

 

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For people studying English in Japan, it can be very useful for grammar and syntax, vocabulary building and test practicing skills.  You can accomplish a lot by doing that.

 

However, for people that really want to explore, meet new people and experience different cultures, I believe studying in an English speaking country is the better way to go to learn conversational abilities.

 

 

 

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So we concluded that, depending on what your personal goals are in learning English, there are options to choose from.  Hopefully you will make the right call!

 

 

 

I will share one example here, I used to take a business Japanese course in my Hawaii college.  There were a lot of lessons on humble and honorific Japanese expressions, things you would hear in stores and hotels from workers to customers.  At that time I had no use for such knowledge, and I didn’t really pay attention to the lectures.   I had a decent grade in that class, but nothing to get excited about.  I should have tried harder.

 

 

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Fast forward about 5 years later and I was now living in Japan.  Going to the supermarket and department stores everyday trying desperately to remember what I learned in that business class.  I sure did regret not trying harder in school.  Oh well, live and learn.