lexus accessories : Compared to what? English is the only language widely taught inJapan.I'll bet you a fiver that you can find more Americans withoutethnic connections that can handle Spanish or French, languagesused in the two nearest foreign countries, than you can findJapanese who can get along in Korean or Chinese....Which country pioneered teaching Japanese to speakers of Westernlanguages? Hint, it wasn't Japan.it SHOULD be easier for Americans to do business in Europe >sinceEric & Anthony, I do not agree that it is a cop out, but I must agree that the point isquantitatively not very important. I've lived extensively in both Europe &Japanand agree with Anthony that there are more Americans in Europe gruntingGerman and fracturing French at tollerable levels of incompetence than thereare Americansjabbering tollerable Japanese. However, Eric's comment is not as bad as itsoundsin that Americans are rather monoglottish. In perspective, there is noticableimprovement. That is, I have seen significant increases in the numbers ofAmericanswho have taken the time to learn basic language skills. At current rates oflearning, Americans will be as multilingual as the Swedes currently are by theyear 2902. Sucking, however, whether soba or spaghetti, will be of little help.
lexus accessories : From: ()Subject: Re: Kantor Statement On Auto Sanctions Newsgroups: bit.listserv.japanDate: 1995/06/05 At 10:40 AM 6/2/95, Earl H. Kinmonth wrote:Look at this for a moment from the perspective of motives and incentives.Since English has long been established as the language of internationalbusiness, Americans and business people from other English-speakingcountries have had little incentive to learn foreign languages, whereasbusiness people in other countries saw English as an essential tool fordoing business with America, English speaking countries, and in some cases,international business in general.Recently, however, anglophone business people have started to come to therealization that they are at a disadvantage when relying on interpreterssupplied by the non-anglophones they do business with; and that learning aforeign language provides important insights towards overcoming thecultural barriers in foreign markets.I am not in a position to make any sweeping statements about Americanlanguage abilities. I do not think that the *unique American mouth* or the*unique American brain* is incapable of learning foreign languages. In thepast Americans in international trade saw no benefit to learning languages,and therefore did not invest their time, effort and money where theyexpected no reward; now that the benefits of learning a second languagehave been demonstrated and accepted, more people are studying foreignlanguages, including Japanese.
lexus accessories : This is a cop out. Americans suck at all languages.______________________________ ___________________________Enough! Grow up or find another forum! This sort of adolescent prattleis a collosal waste of our time. Your statement is sheer balderdash! Howold are you anyway??I just wrote a message encouraging everyone to be brief and professionalin their postings. Then I am exposed to this nonsense. Use this as alesson and stop wasting our time.Dean GaddaOregon Department of AgriculturePortland, Oregon USAFrom: ()Subject: Re: Kantor Statement On Auto Sanctions Newsgroups: bit.listserv.japanDate: 1995/06/05 Wait a minute. The Japanese such at all languages, too. (you know how badEnglish Japanese spead, don't you). What important here is not capabilityof language itself, but rather interests and willingness to learn languagesand societies. And Americans (and actually many Japanese) tend to do soabout West instead of about Non-west.I agree with the incentives observation. Foreigners are often surprisedto hear that in Dutch high schools, we learn German, English and French.However, when 50% of your exports go to Germany, when France is not onlyeconomically important but is also a major diplomatic language, and whenEnglish is the language of international business in an economy where 50%of GDP is earnt in trade, it is not so surprising. On the other hand,the largest market for the US is Canada... (of course, the causality maywork the other way around as well, but unlikely I believe)
lexus accessories : Similarly, I agree that it is silly to suggest that the American brain ormouth can't deal with foreign languages. However, there is a majorproblem in language instruction in the US I believe. It especiallyappears to be the case in high school. I have reapeatedly met people whotook a foreign language in high school as long as I did and they can'teven speak a sentence. But this may have more to do with high schooleducation being poor in the US in general, rather than just languages.Why is this so? Why do US high schools lag in so many areas, includingthe sciences? May I suggest the school district system which leads tolow funding in poor districts and leads to waste in the richer districts?**************************************** **************************************Re mco (A.F.) van EeuwijkPh.D. StudentJapan Economy ProgramDepartment of EconomicsUniversity of Michigan Phone: +1 (313) 998-0629Ann Arbor, MI Fax : +1 (313) 998-035348104 U.S.A. Email: **************************************** **************************************Selling large numbers of PC's in Japan had to wait until IBM made DOS/Vand MS had Win 3.x/J. Apple stole a march on them by several years.People in Japan buy German and UK cars *specifically* with the steeringwheel on the "wrong" side. I never understood why anyone would want sucha car - it makes overtaking and turning right positively dangerous.And taking the ticket out of automatic barriers positively hilariousespecially in the middle of the rainy season. Fun to watch though :-)
lexus accessories : Most European manufacturers make LH and RH drive models to satisfythe requirements of each country. So they *could* buy either model.Three factors which may be more significant are: Fuel economy - in a country where petrol is almost $1/litre. Size - Japanese people are more petite than Americans. Reliability - Japanese cars are second to none.I am reminded of the latter by a timely article in the UK ConsumerMagazine "Which", a highly critical and independent review magazine.It begins: Japanese cars "leave the opposition standing" when it comes to reliability. Two of the four "best buys" in the survey of 28,000 vehicles are Japanese, one British, and one not awarded (executive cars). The winners: Super-Mini : Nissan Micra Small Family Car: Rover 200 Large Family Car: Nissan Primera, Toyota Carina EIt continued: Japanese success was not necessarily bad news for Britain. The success of UK collaborations with Japanese manufacturers shows that cars can be built - and built well - by British workers.BTW Is there anyone from Germany on this list? I would be interestedto hear what the German press has to say about the US sanctions.It seems to me that German car manufacturers have the most to lose.
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