[2] OneWord Communication

Little children convey their intentions with one word

Little children who’ve only just learned a few words, convey their intentions using one word, as in “miruku” (milk), “oshikko” (pee), “mama” (mom) and “papa” (daddy). They use them to issue demands. In the same way, they crawl or toddle when they want to move around. When they begin to go out, they learn to use words like “sanpo” (walking) and “kouen” (park). No parent teaches their child to speak through grammar.

You can communicate only in English

Many English words are used in Japanese, such as “coffee” and “table.” In addition, English is taught from primary school in Japan. Even if you don’t understand Japanese at all, you can convey your intentions by saying words in English like “toilet,” “taxi” and “hotel.” It is said that there are about 3,000 everyday English terms that can be understood by Japanese people.

One word casual conversations are normal

In coffee shops you can make your order with one word: “coffee.” If you want water or sugar, you have only to say so. When you encounter a friend, you might say “genki?” (Are you well?), and your friend will reply “genki” (fine). When you offer someone a cookie, you would say “taberu?” (Do you want it?”) and you friend would reply “arigatou” (thank you). In this way, in most casual exchanges communication is achieved with just one world.

Sentences are constructed by simply combining words

If you combine “hot” with” coffee,” it becomes “hot coffee,” making you able to more clearly convey your desires. It is much easier to learn separate terms like “excuse me” “hot” “coffee” and “please,” rather than entire phrases like “Excuse me, hot coffee please,” as you can combine them with other words.

The secret to Japanese pronunciation

Japanese phonics consist of vowels (a, i, u, e, o) and combinations of consonants and vowels. Unlike in English, there are no sounds with only consonants. For instance,” street.” This is pronounced as “sutori-to” by adding the vowel “u” after the “s,” an “o” after the “t,” and an “o” after the final “t.” Vowels always follow consonants, with “u” and “o” being the ones most commonly used.

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