GUESS × JAPAN BLOG
The reason why English is a very difficult language for Japanese is simple. This is because the words, grammar, and pronunciation of Japanese and English are completely different. It can be said that this is the main reason why the Japanese lack English.
The language has only three basic elements: words, grammar, and pronunciation. Grammar is simply how words are arranged. In other words, learning a language is about remembering words, their alignment and pronunciation. That's it. English is difficult for Japanese because all three are completely different in English and Japanese.
The number of pronunciations of English is overwhelmingly higher than that of Japanese, so Japanese people do not understand English and Japanese cannot hear English. Nevertheless, pronunciation is not so important in Japanese school education.
There is no doubt that this fact affects the English ability of the Japanese.
For example, there are five vowels in Japanese, "A, I, U, E, O", but it is said that there are 24 in English. Consonants are 16 in Japanese but 24 in English. Japanese cannot pronounce correctly because there are many pronunciations in English that Japanese does not have. So you can't understand. I can't understand what I can't pronounce because I can't hear it.
Also, the change in English voice, which rarely occurs in Japanese, is one of the main reasons why Japanese cannot hear English.
The past and present circumstances surrounding Japan also affect the English ability of the Japanese. First, Japan has never been ruled by a foreign country. Also, in Japan, advanced education in Japanese is available. The fact that there are few opportunities to need English in daily life may be another reason why the English ability of Japanese people is low. Let's look at each one.
180 degrees differenct between English and Japanese