Breaking the Language Barrier in Japan

Submitted by Brea Harris on the 2016 fall semester exchange program with Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan…

I am winding up my third week in Japan and it has been a crazy roller coaster to say the least. The hardest challenge I am facing so far would be the language barrier. You think you’ve studied a language long enough and that you’ll be proficient. But that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Simple tasks like going out to get food become 10 times harder when you’re faced with having to use a mix of broken sentences and charades just to try to get your point across.

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