Saturday, June 15, 2013

Japanese Education ~4~ English part 2

 When I am teaching students English, I found a few things.
The English beginners often make some mistakes because of
the differences of rules between Japanese and English.
 Today, I introduce some of them.

1  The beginners don't start writing from the big character,
such as... what time is it now?
   Our language doesn't have the difference of big character
and small character.

2  The beginners don't add "?" at the end of the sentence of
an interrogative sentence.
   We don't usually use "?" in the literary expression.
(Casually, people may use it)

3  The beginners tend to have difficulties to distinguish between
 "b" and "d". For example, students write "dook" instead of "book".
 Or, "Yes, I bo." instead of "Yes, I do."

4  Japanese language don't have the concept of "the plural". So,
  we need to study it, taking time.

5  Japanese people have a lot of difficulties to distinguish "r"sound
 and "l"sound.

6  Japanese learners(including me) have difficulties to know in what
cases we need to use "a" and"the". Actually, there is a general
explanation. You use "a", you should use it if it's countable noun.
But it's confusing. And I don't know exactly in what cases people need to
use plural expressions.

7 A preposition is one of the most difficult things when we speak
or write English.


Anonymous said...

I think the most important thing about learning a foreign language is the expression... when I'm speaking Japanese, sometimes it might not be grammatically wrong, but it sounds awkward or funny to native speakers.

I was listening to someone from the Czech Republic the other day and he used the present tense a lot. Instead of saying, "If you do this...", he would say, "If you are doing this...", which I don't think is wrong but was quite curious.
This is something like what I'm talking about.

marimari said...


It's impossible to speak
second language perfectly.
I think we should keep learning
but we should not be too nervous.

That's OK if you correct when
you notice your mistake.

That's my way.

Nvaier said...

I think the most important thing is to simply understand, and be understood. Perfecting your pronunciation and grammar will of course help, but let's not forget the main purpose of languages, that is - communication. So as long as one can express his thoughts in a foreign language - and can be understood - everything is fine.

marimari said...


Gestures would be also important
make yourself understood.