|Why Learn Japanese?
Japan has the 2nd largest economy on earth. There are over
120 million Japanese people and even though they study English
for 6 years in public schools many Japanese people cannot speak
I have been hired to interpret at such companies as
Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and even Disneyland International
when they visit the United States. There is tremendous
opportunity for someone who is fluent in Japanese.
Japan and the western world have strong ties that won't
easily be broken. There is a saying in Japan that, "If
America sneezes Japan catches a cold". If you consider how
much trade goes on between the United States and Japan it is
easy to understand why learning Japanese has tremendous
Japan's International Appeal
In recent years Japan's influence on the world has been
booming. Movies, comic books (manga), animation (anime),
video games are now a major part of Japan's offerings to the
world. It's not just cars and electronics anymore!
Why Not Spanish or French?
Spanish, French and German are fairly traditional languages
taught in American schools. Most companies teaching
languages teach these languages by default. It is a common
misconception that Japanese is harder to learn than other
language. This misconception is fueled by the fact that
Japanese writing is so foreign looking when compared to the
European languages. However Japanese grammar is MUCH more
uniform and easier to grasp than the European languages.
It is of my personal opinion that Japanese is a much more
lucrative language than French or Spanish. Although
granted Spanish is an important part of life in America, there
are MANY people who can speak Spanish and not so many who speak
Japanese. Which one do you think is worth more money in a
Japanese grammar is almost identical to Korean grammar.
And Korea (not North Korea) is a very up and coming country that
I believe will be just as important as Japan in the technology
sector in years to come as companies like Samsung and Hyundai of
Korea have become major players in the world. So learning
Korean after Japanese is also an interesting goal. And
again, in my opinion, much more interesting than knowing French
and Spanish. And also MUCH more lucrative.
Chinese grammar is nothing like Japanese grammar, however the
writing system called Kanji used in Japan is actually based on
Chinese kanji. And although Chinese writing is MUCH more
intense than Japanese writing your child will have a big
advantage in learning Chinese if they already grasp Japanese.