English is quite difficult language, most of us agree. I know people, who can’t under stand English movies without sub titles. That is OK, I guess; English ‘IS’ difficult, even Japanese feel so…There are hundreds of reasons I can count, why Japanese can’t speak ‘understandable’ English. And I strongly believe that it is everything to do with their own language which is so complicated, and jumbled that poor guys won’t be able to understand any other languages. Japanese have three scripts to ‘happily’ confuse themselves, Hiragana (to write Japanese origin words), Katakana (to bastardize the foreign loan words) and Kanji (a symbolic script which looks like window panes with hats and spider legs).
More than that, I can count thousands reasons why, I can’t speak Japanese!!! As the part of conspiracy of deputation, even I was ‘forced’ to learn Japanese Language but after few weeks, I surrendered my ‘worthless effort of understanding’ to this language.
Japanese don’t have ‘L’ (‘R’ is used) and ‘Th’ (‘S’ is used) in their Altaic Originated script, this ‘loop hole’ lead to confusing and hilarious conversations. ‘Thank you‘ becomes ‘Sankyu‘ and ‘Election‘ become ‘Erection‘… (You can easily say, Japan has erection once in 4 years… haa…haa… 🙂
Sometimes i wondered why Japanese have to make something so simple like language as so complicated… one fine day, I bought a news paper (to check ‘Manga’) and my God!!! First of all news paper was in Japanese (which I can’t read anyway), more than that it will be written vertically (up-down) and ‘to add spice to adulterated food’ have to read it from right to left [Reverse way].I can’t use the phrase ‘out of blue’ when Japanese peers used to speak some funny English. But most weird one I ever heard/ read; when I was leaving Japan, I got a ‘Sayonara’ mail from one of my peer, which read: “Aditya-san, you must feel hard when go from Japan” [What the heck!!! Was he really meant, me to have a HARD while leaving Japan, Why…Is this kind of semi-ethnic ritual on this island before leaving the country…?] By the time I left Japan, i really felt English is not necessarily window to the world 🙂