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The Law of Inverse Returns Scott Barlow December 6 1996 Shoji Azuma Japan 355 - 1 The law of inverse returns states that the better the foreign learners Japanese is the worse the reaction of the Japanese native population will be to the learners use of Japanese In this paper I argue that the better the learners Japanese is the better the treatment to the learner of Japanese from native Japanese I will argue this point by making three statements and then provide opinions and reactions of others whom I have interviewed over the Internet The better the Japanese language that one has the more the freedom he feels I felt this feeling while I was in Japan and I could finally go to the bank and make a deposit or withdraw without fumbling and literally making up my own Japanese vocabulary Until further Japanese study did I find out that the word to withdraw money from the bank was the same as taking something down like from a shelf These are the same words but in Japanese it is the context that they are used is what is important Not only does better Japanese save you the embarrassment of making a mistake but having better in Japanese also helps natives feel less of a burden on them than if you didnt speak good Japanese In Japan as a missionary I had the opportunity to visit a retirement home once a week During our visit with the elderly we also cleaned up doing the normal housekeeping that was necessary for them to live in a cleaner better environment I am very glad that I had Japanese that I was able to understand the retirees especially when the needed someone to talk to and when I was able to understand and help them clean where they asked me to Through the understanding that I had then as a missionary in the Japanese language
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