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Why Learn Japanese

  1. 1. Why Learn Japanese?
  2. 2. Japan has the second largest economy in the world. <ul><li>Japan is a rich, and booming country. Leading Japanese companies are amongst the largest, most efficient, most well-known businesses in the world. Companies like Sony, Toshiba, Sanyo, Casio, Canon, Minolta, Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi and many others are successful in the world market. So whether you are considering business, engineering, manufacturing, research, economics or politics, chances are you will be competing with, if not working for a Japanese company. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Knowing Japanese brings business opportunities. <ul><li>Japanese people spend 100s of billions of dollars each year on food, clothing, travel, and entertainment. It is not surprising that Australia exports more goods and services to Japan than any other country. </li></ul><ul><li>Being able to talk to potential Japanese customers in their own language is a key to winning their business. When you learn Japanese, you will also learn about the Japanese culture. Understanding the culture can often make or break an important business deal. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Japanese is a gateway to other Asian languages and culture. <ul><li>Australia’s closest neighbours are Asian countries. Japan has been shaped and influenced by a number of these countries. Although the countries do differ, Asian cultures share many similarities. So learning Japanese can help you to understand the values of our other neighbours. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Japanese-speakers are the Internet’s 3rd largest language group. <ul><li>Knowing Japanese can connect you to these </li></ul><ul><li>people. These people may be future friends or </li></ul><ul><li>business connections. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Japanese are innovators. <ul><li>Japanese people have used their creativity and scientific know-how to succeed. They are known as high tech leaders in areas such as robotics, and manufacturing. See Some Japanese innovations at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://web-japan.org/jvt/en/index.html </li></ul>
  7. 7. Japanese cultural exports are exploding. <ul><li>Anime, sushi, karaoke, manga, bonsai, origami; Japanese culture has become popular international culture. A knowledge of Japanese will help you understand Japanese film, anime and comic books, help you appreciate terminology used in your favourite martial art, and allow you to order sushi at your favourite Japanese restaurant! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Knowing Japanese will set you apart from the crowd. <ul><li>The majority of people who learn a foreign </li></ul><ul><li>language world wide choose a European </li></ul><ul><li>language. Choosing Japanese will stand out </li></ul><ul><li>on your resume. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Japanese are international tourists. <ul><li>With lots of spare money to spend, a large </li></ul><ul><li>number of Japanese head overseas each </li></ul><ul><li>year. Approximately 30 000 Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>tourists arrive in Australia each month and </li></ul><ul><li>more than 50 000 in August during their </li></ul><ul><li>summer vacation. So whether you are interested </li></ul><ul><li>in the thrill of the ski slopes or the warmth and </li></ul><ul><li>sunshine in Queensland, Japanese is a handy tool. </li></ul>
  10. 10. It’s not as hard as you think! <ul><li>Yes Japanese has different writing systems, </li></ul><ul><li>but in many ways it is simpler than </li></ul><ul><li>European languages. Japanese nouns do </li></ul><ul><li>not have gender or plural forms. There are </li></ul><ul><li>very few irregular verb forms and spelling is </li></ul><ul><li>phonetically consistent. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The list of advantages continues…. <ul><li>You may be able to think of many more advantages such as university entry bonuses, and future generations developing friendships with other nationalities helping to promote world peace. Discuss your ideas with others. </li></ul>