何で日本語を喋られないの?

Or in English: Why can’t you speak Japanese? I have almost a decade of Japan life under my belt… Why am I still at the basics? In all honesty, I am just lazy and have no motivation to learn it.

But if I speak great Japanese, won’t I be able to get a better job? The answer is no. There would be a greater variety of jobs, but the pay remains relatively the same but with longer work hours.

I was first introduced to Japanese in University, but that had nothing to do with me moving to Japan actually. The stuff I learned there was so button down formal, that I couldn’t understand real Japanese when it was actually spoken to me. The vast majority of Japanese I learned was in my first 4 years in Japan, and what was my motivation? Women! I also dated a girl that spoke close to zero English… That was a not surprisingly brief experience, but she was amazing in bed and… I. shit. You. not. This is how I learned…

So what happened? I got married to a wonderful women who could speak English well, and we moved back Stateside for a few years before returning to Japan. Why don’t I start Japanese up again? Simple… I don’t need to. There is no cost benefit. I should though… I live here now… but there is so much other cool stuff to do.

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12 thoughts on “何で日本語を喋られないの?

  1. Then how were you able to get a permanent citizenship? dont they require language knowledge? isn’t everyday life difficult?

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    1. I am a permanent resident, not a citizen. I have the equivalent of a US green card. I got here because my wife is Japanese, but it is easy as hell to get a work visa. To get Japanese citizenship is an insanely difficult thing to do. I can do everything but vote and am ineligible for some social services. I am still a US citizen though.

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      1. Oh i see. Thank you for taking the time to answer. I always liked asian culture in general and japanese is a language that challenges me.

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      2. well since you are married to a japanese wife i don’t see why you should overexert yourself. I wouldn’t either.

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      3. Your blog is very interesting. You write about topics that most gaigins who want to visit japan wonder. I would like to find blogs written by japanese people who write both in english and in japanese. Do you know any blog like that? If it is not too much trouble of course.

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      4. The only Japanese blogs in English that I know are travel or hobby blogs. Google ‘japan blogs’ and there is a big aggregate site with all kinds of blogs about Japan. Most are pretty much the same though. Loco in Yokohama is pretty good, but mostly revolves around race issues.

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      5. There is no such thing as a Gaijin school for Geisha, or a modern one at that. Regular school for Geisha take years and years of training and pretty much giving up your life for your art. There is no modern school either… the modern equivalent is a hostess… So if you’re a good looking woman who can grease a conversation thats all you need.

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      6. Thank you for your useful answer. So since there are only hostesses left does the tradition of geisha tend to be extinct?

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