Could ‘Japanglish’ Be A Legitimate Language?

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An American academic in Japan, Marshall Childs, advocates for "Japanese English" to be considered a legitimate form of English, similar to the variety spoken in India, Jamaica, or the Philippines. He believes that Japanese students should feel free to use English in a way that suits them, even if it means breaking commonly accepted rules of grammar, pronunciation, and sentence structure. Childs claims that "Japlish" is acceptable because it enables Japanese people to understand English better by blending the two languages.

However, some of his colleagues disagree with Childs’ views, leading to a public quarrel in Japan’s English language newspaper, the Daily Yomiuri. Daniel Webster, a fellow American academic, argues that Japanese English is erroneous and detrimental to students’ learning as it won’t help in international communication. Webster believes that people from other Asian countries and the Caribbean who converse fluently in different kinds of English, be it local or standard, have an advantage in communicating with the world without subtitles. He adds that "Japanglish" is merely gibberish and will remain so.

As Japan tries to improve its English teaching standards, a best-selling textbook called "English for the Over-40s" and growing enrollment of executives in English courses to advance their careers highlights the gap in English proficiency in the country. While some politicians and business leaders worry that this lag may make Japan less competitive in commerce and diplomacy, others are concerned about western influences eroding Japanese culture.

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