Quote from bethelstudent
Konichiwa, I think.
In any case, I don't think I could do so well in Japan. The language requirement will be hard to pass.
Konnichiwa. Or こんにちは, if you prefer.
Japan is an interesting ancient country. I had the opportunity to live & work there for 4 months back in 1989. Yes, the Japanese as a people can be somewhat racist (especially towards Koreans). Not like us Amurkins here in the good ol' USA, nossirree Bob!
While I was there, the Japanese were definitely sexist. If you were met at the airport by a female employee of the company you were visiting, that was a definite insult. I'm not sure if this has changed over the past 20+ years, but hope so. Japanese tend to use "-chan" diminutive endings when referring to a female...or a child (like calling a woman named Keiko "Keiko-chan"). A male would be called by their name, plus "-kun", "-san", or "-sama", depending on what level of honorific/formality you need to use (such as Hironaga-san).
I think the main complicating factor in learning Japanese is Kanji (the Chinese/Japanese ideograms). There are thousands of them, along with the two simpler alphabets/phonograms (Hiragana & Katakana). I only picked up a few Kanji while I was there, but could read Hiragana & Katakana fairly well (now VERY rusty due to lack of use...my bad).
One good thing about the Japanese language, though, is that if you see a word written in Hiragana or Katakana
, you KNOW how it is pronounced. Not at all like English, where letter combinations are pronounced in totally weird/different ways. Just look at how the letter pair "gh" is pronounced in the words cough, ghost, and though. With the simplified Japanese alphabets, you can see a character and KNOW how it's pronounced. English is a weird
language. In Japanese, a given Kanji ideogram may be pronounced in different ways depending on the context. I guess in this way, Japanese is also a weird language.
The Japanese also seem to have a different view on openness with patients. If a physician knows that a patient has a terminal condition, they may very well not tell that to the patient, at the patient's family's request.