U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Asia
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 08-20-2018, 03:33 PM
 
8,056 posts, read 7,315,809 times
Reputation: 6411

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by Forever Blue View Post
lchoro, good to know thanks (& I meant thanks to you above for that link too).

Jdawg8181, it would be nice to learn how to do simple conversation when traveling: Ordering foods in a restaurant, buying things when shopping, etc. at the least.
They have a couple of programs called Meet and Speak and Japan-Easy that teaches simple phrases.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/japaneasy/

Here's the official travel information agency.

https://www.japan.travel/en/things-t...ls-and-events/
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-20-2018, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Southern California
5,485 posts, read 8,163,398 times
Reputation: 5167
Javawood, great, well maybe we can PM each other & I can ask you certain questions & you can answer them...especially as we get closer & closer to the Olympics time.

I know it's pricey, but I hope to be there in person to see the opening ceremony. The events I plan to see are:

- tennis
- gymnastics
- track & field
- maybe a 4th event

lchoro, thanks for the other info!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-21-2018, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Macao
15,948 posts, read 36,185,822 times
Reputation: 9484
Quote:
Originally Posted by Forever Blue View Post
Jdawg8181, it would be nice to learn how to do simple conversation when traveling: Ordering foods in a restaurant, buying things when shopping, etc. at the least.
This thread is two years old. And you are still at the 'thinking about' level.

Take a look at youtube, they have thousands of videos on basic 'shopping' and 'ordering foods' lessons....You can also go to the bookstore, and after you look at 2-3 pages of basic grammar, they usually start the first actual lesson with 'Ordering Foods' or 'Shopping'.

If you start with Pimsleur, they'll start with a 'So you meet someone attractive you want to talk to...' with the hi, good to meet you, and such.

Anyway, first step is to pick up a book, or turn on youtube and look for the 'Japanese Language', and you'll immediately see 100s of 1000s of lessons in Japanese.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-21-2018, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Southern California
5,485 posts, read 8,163,398 times
Reputation: 5167
^ Thanks, yes, I know. Enough time has passed for me to know the language by now. I bought some kind of lesson set at B&N bookstore & subscribed to some lessons on youtube. There must be an app out there that translates for you when you speak into it, right?

Give me a list of some of those apps if you guys know. Other than that, I know...I either start learning it or I don't.

Last edited by Forever Blue; 08-21-2018 at 12:19 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-24-2018, 04:16 PM
 
1,574 posts, read 826,420 times
Reputation: 1661
Japan is preparing for 2020 by retrofitting their cities for foreigners who don't know the language. Even before the Olympics, learning the language hasn't been a requirement for travelers.
It's beneficial to learn the language if you intend to live and work there. As someone who's studying for the "N1" language proficiency test, it's a very deep rabbit hole unless you have a Chinese (written) or Korean (grammar) language background. The culture shock, crowded (yet orderly) conditions and density of the cities are the biggest hassles for a first-time tourist.
And of course the summer humidity. If you wear antiperspirant, make sure to pack some in your luggage, because it's very unlikely that you'll find the limited selection of Japanese antiperspirants.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Asia
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top