"learn at least some of this..." Japan Favorite Tip by LAOWAI

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Favorite thing: learn at least some of this very difficult language BEOFRE you go- if at all possible, as A LOT OF JAPANESE SPEAK A LITTLE ENGLISH and VERY FEW SPEAK A LOT. Make an effort- it will pay off.

Fondest memory: Japanese people are among the friendliest in the world. I was there a week and I met a man and his wife waiting for the train. He continued speaking to me in Japanese even though I understood next to nothing of what he said. He sat across from me on the train.Thirty minutes later, after i tried using my phrasebook to speak to him about fixing my carborator and other useless phrases, he spoke the few words of English he knew : You My Offi-Su- Happy Happy.

Now, 7 years later I still call him Otosan, or father. He treats me like a son so it's only fair.

Plus he takes me on helicopter rides- and that's pretty fun, except when he flies and scares the bejeesus out of me because he's not very good at landing.

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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