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.