Friday, 30 September 2016


One could argue that as a group the Japanese are the world’s worst learners of English—maybe of languages in general. Partly it’s because of the many significant differences between the two languages. 

However, that’s not all. There are things that Japanese people do more, or less of, than other nationalities. 

I decided to identify what they were. I'd then try shifting in the opposite direction. 

And so: I want less analysis, study, grammar, formality, schooling, pressure, memorization, intensity, mistake phobia, standardization, testing and drills.

And I want more listening, play, self-direction, spontaneity, computer tools, social learning, and authentic materials.

1 comment:

  1. 100 days after writing this, this still makes good sense to me. My 100-word language-learning philosophy in a nutshell.