Why Aren’t Japanese People Good at English? Part 3 of 5











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In Part 1, we talked about “Shy Personality” as the first reason and in Part 2 we talked about the “Physical Challenges” that students face.

In Part 3, we discuss the third reason why Japanese people aren’t good at English. The concept is very simple: Katakana.

 What’s so bad about Katakana?

There are 5 main reasons why Katakana is bad for you. They are Pronunciation, Meaning Change, Not from English, Outdated, and Original Japanese Word. Please see my other article for more details about these.

 Isn’t Katakana helpful to learn new words?

Well, that’s true to some extent. However, if you choose to learn through katakana, you will also be learning words from other languages like ゲレンデ which cannot be understood by native English speakers.

In addition, your pronunciation will suffer greatly, you will be using many words that don’t make sense in English, and you will be using outdated words that nobody knows or uses anymore.

 What can I do about this? Katakana is naturally part of Japanese so it can’t be helped!

First of all, I HIGHLY recommend that you COMPLETELY FORGET Katakana when learning and speaking English. In other words, Katakana has 0% relation to English! It is NOT a tool for learning. It is a tool for communicating in Japanese. Nothing more!

 Your Action Step is simple. Cut out ALL Katakana when learning and speaking English. Learn English in English and your English will naturally improve!


What do you think? Is Katakana helpful when learning English? Or do you agree with me (it is BAD for learning English)?

Please let me know your ideas in the Comments below!

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