July 14, 2011
A survey of Japanese business people conducted by the British Council has revealed that over 94% feel that English is becoming more important due to globalization but that 79% felt that their own level of English was not good enough for business use. Only 18% stated that they were "confident in using English", with women being more confident using English than men.
Michael Thundercliffe commenting for the British Council said: "Having confidence is very important for speaking... Japanese people tend to worry about making mistakes and hesitate to speak. Native speakers don't expect perfect English. What they expect is quick and effective communication. The key to confident speaking is to have a lot of practice and use English regularly."
• British Council Japan
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