Janisu comments

Posted in: Body confidence and body positivity in Japan See in context

This discussion is hilarious... all you skinny judgmental folk need to wake up. I am fat, my husband is skinny- I run on the treadmill 6ks a day, he sloths on the couch. I run rings around him, when we do anything like walk or play tennis together. His blood sugar is a concern at the docs - mine isn't. my cholesterol is perfect and I have no health issues... he has several health concerns. I am the same shape and size as my mother and grandmother... 5'2 and 85kg... and yet we eat the same food i the same amount... I call BS.

And when I'm in Japan I get enough offers to have no concerns about my vanity, although hubby gets a bit defensive about it.

Who wants to be with some ego on legs that cares what weight you are? let the fools sneer - who are they to you? precisely no-one...

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Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese See in context

Also, buying kid's literacy books will help you more than anything. And diving into translating helps you learn quickly, also.

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Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese See in context

Seeing as it takes English speakers all their school years to become proficient in English, (and the vast majority never do become proficient), I'd say that that comparison is a little off. Of course it takes time! I've never been answered in English when I use my limited Japanese unless I've asked the person if they speak English. I usually ask them to speak slowly.

Seeing as we want to buy a house and spend 3 months of every year in Japan in our retirement, I think it's a bit rude to make no effort to speak with a level somewhat above basic. Japanese people don't expect perfect native fluency, just as English speakers don't expect it from migrants and tourists. Be reminded, a lot of Japanese people are not great at Japanese - don't feel bad.

I've always been met with total delight when it's discovered that I can speak a little and read somewhat; help is always forthcoming. I think it's totally worth it just for the sake of .knowledge, if nothing else.

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