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Article: Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Japan...
... Some Tips For Expats
It’s not really necessary for expats living in Japan to learn Japanese. This is especially true in cities like Tokyo or Osaka. But many who make the country their home prefer learning at least some basic Japanese so they can communicate better with their Japanese friends and integrate into the lifestyle and culture.
Some knowledge of the Katakana script of the Japanese language usually comes in handy when reading menu and shopping signs.
A few basics
If you would like to learn Japanese, begin with the basic words and phrases. For instance, Eigo o hanasemasu ka, translates to Do you speak English? Or if someone asks you Nihongo o hanashimasu ka?, they are asking you if you speak Japanese.
You can reply with either a hai (yes) or iie (no)...
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