“The Japanese have two words: “uchi” meaning inside and “soto” meaning outside. Uchi refers to their close friends, the people in their inner circle. Soto refers to anyone who is outside that circle. And how they relate and communicate to the two are drastically different. To the soto, they are still polite and they might be outgoing, on the surface, but they will keep them far away, until they are considered considerate and trustworthy enough to slip their way into the uchi category. Once you are uchi, the Japanese version of friendship is entire universes beyond the average American friendship! Uchi friends are for life. Uchi friends represent a sacred duty. A Japanese friend, who has become an uchi friend, is the one who will come to your aid, in your time of need, when all your western “friends” have turned their back and walked away.” -Alexei Maxim Russell
The previously mentioned quote allows us to peer into Japanese culture and understand how their interpersonal relations are conducted. The Japanese are wonderfully polite, pleasant, generous and with time can be friends for life.
I can personally attest to the previously mentioned comments since I was in Tokyo last year for a couple of days and I was incredibly impressed. In my short trip, I met so many helpful, funny, and kind people who made my trip memorable and utterly unforgettable. I can honestly say it was one of my most rewarding travelling experiences and I continuously look forward to my return whenever that may be.
However, it is important to state, that I am no different from the grand majority of people today who are compelled and exhilarated by Japanese culture.
Some of the greatest artists and filmmakers of all time such as Van Gogh, James Tissot, Sofia Coppola and the Wachowskis have all been influenced by the life of Japanese people in some way or another and have expressed it in their work.
Brummies are not immune to the Japanese influence since like many major UK cities there is a significant Japanese presence in the city of Birmingham. Whether its art, culture, or food, the intrigue of Japan has caused many to consider learning Japanese as a second language.
Superprof is here to show Brummies where Japanese courses can be conducted in the city of Birmingham.
Japanese food such as sushi and ramen are important aspects of Japanese culture that should not be ignored. (Source: pixabay)
Planning a trip to Japan or deciding to learn Japanese solely after discovering how delicious sushi is probably not the best idea. Although we can all agree on the fact that sushi is pretty spectacular, learning a new language takes dedication, time and motivation; and the majority of those who learn a foreign tongue impulsively do not stick with it to the point of fluency.
With that being said, to learn a new language from a beginner to an advanced level, it helps if the learner has a love for the culture and a passion for the foreign tongue.
Therefore, to effectively learn the complex Japanese language, the culture of Japan must stand out to the pupil and be a primary reason for acquiring the foreign tongue.
Consequently, Superprof will now analyse some of the most important aspects of Japanese culture to immerse learners in the language they are considering studying thoroughly.
It is important to state that all cultures have their strong points and without further ado, here are some of the strongest aspects of Japanese culture that will encourage learners to stick through the difficult parts of language learning and in the future attain proficiency:
The three previously mentioned positive aspects of Japanese culture are incredible and undeniable. Nevertheless, there are many more positive aspects of Japanese culture, and a few honourable mentions include the beautiful mix of traditional and contemporary culture, the safety, and of course the futuristic toilets!
In the grand city of London, citizens can clearly notice the influence of Japanese culture and this impels some to study the Japanese language at a qualified school.
Group or individual Japanese classes are conducted in many language schools in Birmingham. (Source: pixabay)
Since Birmingham is often considered the UK’s “second city” for its size, work opportunities, economic growth, and immigration. There are many possibilities open to citizens; the sky truly is the limit!
Language schools to study foreign tongues such as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Arabic, Korean, and of course, Japanese are easily accessible to Brummies of all levels and ages.
The following are the best language institutes currently situated in Birmingham to learn more about the Japanese language:
While there are a few more language schools to learn Japanese in Birmingham, the three previously mentioned options are the most highly recommended since they boast engaging educators and glowing reviews from past students that have seen noticeable results in conversation skills, reading and writing, identifying grammar and vocabulary, and overall linguistic abilities.
Birmingham has great language institutes to study Japanese; nevertheless, the city of Leeds and the bustling metropolis of Manchester feature great Japanese language learning schools to their citizens.
Fluency in a foreign tongue can be attained through online classes with a private language tutor. (Source: pixabay)
We are currently living in the information age which means that we have more knowledge at our disposal than ever before. Mandatory academic disciplines and foreign languages can be learnt through the guidance of a professional tutor rather than in the classroom.
Many interested ones from all walks of life have been learning a foreign language with the help of a qualified tutor in the comfort of their own home in the city of Birmingham and its surroundings. The following are the best online resources for Brummies to find an accredited and experienced Japanese tutor near them:
It is important to note that Glaswegians can easily find Japanese tutors using the previously mentioned online resources.
Learning more about the Japanese language and culture does not have to be a problematic and unengaging experience. The qualified Japanese teachers in the Birmingham area bring the Japanese culture to life and make studying entertaining.