But, the blog attracted 10 times more traffic than usual, because one Japanese power twitter user retweeted it to her followers as the subject was also of interest to her. It was a surprise to me, because I thought the "learning English fever" was gone with the 80s and 90s. I was wrong.
The Japanese are still learning the English language, by masterfully not learning it. They simply stay in Japan learning English for narrow academic purpose or superficial use in a 100% Japanese environment.
The problems of learning English for Japanese and learning Japanese for Americans arises from the vast differences between the two languages. One European told me that the experience of learning Japanese was like learning to walk backwards. English and Japanese are quite different languages, as is the fundamental mindset of people who speak those two languages. Learning a new language is like learning a new perspective of the world. A leap too far for some people to make.
That being said, Japanese continue to make the effort to master the English language. Many Japanese think that in this global economy, learning English is a must. The choice of English as the language of choice may be taken over by other languages in the future, as the world changes. But for now, English is still the language with the greatest global use. I encourage Japanese who wish to get out of the country and do something truly global.
Meanwhile, I try to keep describing the differences, in both of my blogs, between the languages and cultures of the US and Japan in order to increase the interest and promote understanding among the two countries. After all, we are all connected in one way or another and as the globe gets smaller, we need to draw a bit closer.