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July 02, 2010

When Japanese feel most ashamed about their lack of English

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'What Japan Thinks' has posted the results of a survey on when Japanese people feel most ashamed by their lack of English. The survey was carried out by goo Research. The 'What Japan Thinks site states: 'Between the 23rd and 26th of April 2010 1,187 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-base questionnaire. 61.4% of the sample were female, 10.1% in their teens, 17.4% in their twenties, 30.9% in their thirties, 24.9% in their forties, 10.1% in their fifties, and 6.5% aged sixty or older.'

Both men and women who responded to the survey said the most common time they felt ashamedwas 'when a foreigner asks me the way and I cannot answer'. The second most common time for men was 'when I see a foreigner with a problem in Japan and strike up an English conversation, but I end up having problems too'. For women, it was 'when on overseas travel and I cannot order food, buy stuff, etc'.

Click here for the results in English. Click here for the original goo site in Japanese.

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