August 2, 2008
I've enjoyed my travels there, and would like to learn more of the language and culture. Work has also serendipitously made me the HR support for our Tokyo sales team.
This is actually my 4th language. In spite of my on-off self studies of Japanese for 8 years+, I struggle with speaking it. My listening skills are better (depending on how fast the speaker and if they're not speaking one of the localized dialects). Ironically I am much better at reading, since I can read a good amount of Chinese.
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I've been informally trying to learn the language myself for the last 8 years (since my first trip to Japan in 2000). My job has recently accelerated my interest in getting even more familiar with Japanese culture and language.