If you say “How are you?” to a Japanese,
he or she may say “I’m fine, thank you. And you?”
This phrase is not wrong, but it may sound a little awkward to native English speakers.
The reason why you hear this phrase very often in Japan is because almost all the Japanese students learned this when they were in 7th Grade.
So did I. hahaha (^-^)
In your country, when do you start learning English in school?
In Japan, we start to learn English in middle school, 7th Grade.
Personally, I feel that 9th Grade is very late for studying a new language…
I guess this is one of the reasons why Japanese people are not so good at English, or any foreign languages… (>_<)
But there are also other reasons… (to be continued…)
The education system in Japan is as follows:
Elementary School: 6 years – 1st Grade to 6th Grade
Middle School (Junior High School): 3 years – 7th Grade to 9th Grade
High School: 3years – 10th Grade to 12th Grade
College / University: 4 years
In Japan, it is mandatory to go to elementary school and middle school.
But it is very common to go to high school and college / university although it is not mandatory.
After high school, some people choose to go to two-year junior college, or start working. (^-^)
According to the World Atlas, the population of Tokyo – Yokohama is about 37.8 million. http://www.worldatlas.com/citypops.htm
However, it is said that during the day there are as many as 40 million people in Tokyo.
Where do the 3 million people come from?!
They commute from the other surrounding prefectures like Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, etc.
This web page introduces interesting facts about Japan♪ (^-^)