I am taking a Japanese class at Millsaps (it's one of their adult enrichment classes). I am really enjoying it! Of course, I am probably murdering the language with my Southern drawl. LOL
Our teacher is also teaching us about Japanese customs. One of the differences between American and Japanese is the way the American thought processes and speech structures are self-centered, while the Japanese is centered around the other person. For example, when we say yes, we mean whatever is correct from our viewpoint. When the Japanese say yes, they mean the other person is correct. So if someone were to state, "You don't have something," the American would say "No I don't," whereas the Japanese would say, "Yes, you are correct." I find these differences very interesting.
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