Gesturing in Japan

Speaking Japanese is frustrating. After six years of study, I am still bumbling around in the dark. To be fair, it’s not an easy language for a Devonian to learn. People say yes when they mean no, there are several different words for I and you, and the drink called Cider is actually lemonade.

A carved representation of 6 years communicating in Japanese.

Recently though, I have realised I don’t need words; gestures are far more effective. They save time and limit embarrassment. Continue reading


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