Hey guys -For those of you who've traveled around or lived in one or more of the countries above (or any other Asian countries, for that matter), how would you compare them? I'm curious about-how people view foreigners-cultural and behavioral differences-lifestyle differences-your favorite things and pet peevesOnce I get fluent in Korean (somedaaaay!) I'm thinking about where to go next. I'm interested in how other Asian countries compare. Thanks!
ive traveled to both countries. korean and japanese culture are more similar than korean and chinese, i think. japanese people bow but chinese don't. japanese people are the nicest people in the world. chinese people ... well,,, they weren't as friendly but i never got any super rude encounters. i went to china 5 years ago and things were pretty dirty but i heard they cleaned up a lot for the olympics.english fluency is not very good in either countries from what i remember. learn some basic pratical phrases before you go to either.japanese grammar is very similar to korean.chinese grammar is more similar to english so it might be easier to learn for english speakers.
Out of curiosity - do you know if there's a way to teach English in Japan that doesn't involve the JET program?
This is all great information!! And it kind of confirms the suspicions I had, too.Out of curiosity - do you know if there's a way to teach English in Japan that doesn't involve the JET program? Or other jobs available to English/Korean speakers? I'm not fluent in Korean yet (obvs!) but when I am I'm thinking Japan might be a good next stop.Keep the anecdotes coming! ^^
They are not xenophobic and don't stare like Koreans do.They take more pride in their country/traditions, Always saw women wearing komonos and streets are spotless
Quote from: kiwikimchi on June 13, 2011, 11:50:20 AMThey are not xenophobic and don't stare like Koreans do.They take more pride in their country/traditions, Always saw women wearing komonos and streets are spotlessOn these 2 points, I know of some disagreement. Honestly, I've never been to Japan. But those who have spent considerable time (not vacation) in both countries say it's way more xenophobic in Japan. The people just don't show it as openly as Koreans.Also, I would say Koreans are extraordinarily proud of their country and traditions (some might say to a fault). I often see people wearing hanbok.As for China, I only visited there for 10 days in Beijing and Nanjing. I found people to be very open and engaging (and not just to practice English). While it may still be a form of racially segregating people (I don't know how to phrase it), people seemed genuine in social contacts. Also, I found the Chinese to be very laid-back in ways. Yes, I know there is pushiness and straight-forward attitude. However, people were not rigid. People seemed relax, whistling down the street and openly enjoyed life.