What do the Japanese study as a second language?

In many Japanese universities, learning a second language has become a required subject of the curriculum. The choice of the second language depends on the preferences of the people, with justifications like “I learn a second language because I want to travel around the world” or “I choose a language that is easy to learn”. Outside of English, what are the most popular languages ​​among Japanese students?

1. German

  • When mentioning the word “German” There tends to be a feeling that you are part of the elite.
    (Male / 25 years old / vocational college)
  • Because I’m in medical school.
    (Female / 21 years old / 4th year of university)
  • Because I want to live in Germany, and since I already forgot several things, I would like to study.
    (Female / 23 years old / university student)
  • Because because of my schedule I couldn’t choose another language!
    (Female / 20 years old / 2nd year of university)

2. French

  • Because it is very useful outside the country.
    (Male / 21 years old / 4th year of university)
  • Because it has many beautiful words.
    (Female / 20 years old / 3rd year of university)
  • Because it sounds classy and cool
    (Female / 22 years old / 4th year of university)

3. Chinese

  • I like the way it sounds, and I think it would be very cool If I could speak it
    (Male / 21 years old / 3rd year of university)
  • Because I think it will be necessary later.
    (Female / 20 years old / 3rd year of university)
  • Because in a way it is useful.
    (Male / 25 years old / Master’s student)
  • Because I love grammar.
    (Male / 21 years old / 2nd year of university)

4. Spanish

  • Because in a few years the number of Spanish speakers will exceed number of English speakers, so I think you need to learn it.
    (Male / 20 years old / 3rd year of university)
  • Because I want to travel to Spain and South America.
    (Female / 21 years old / 2nd year of university)
  • Because I like the atmosphere of the circle of Spanish speakers.
    (Female / 21 years old / 3rd year of university)
  • Because I heard that your pronunciation looks like Japanese, so it’s easy.
    (Male / 25 years old / Master’s student)

5. Korean

  • Because when I was a girl I liked Twice (Korean band).
    (Female / 20 years old / 3rd year of university)
  • I heard that it looks like Japanese, and I think it’s interesting to know their similarities and differences.
    (Female / 20 years old / 3rd year of university
  • Because I like dramas Koreans.
    (Female / 19 years old / vocational school)
  • Because I wish I could watch Korean dramas without subtitles!
    (Female / 21 years old / 4th year of university).

Other languages ​​that responded

  • Purposes. Because I’m interested Finland.
    (Male / 21 years old / 4th year of university)
  • Bahasa Indonesia. Because it’s easy.
    (Female / 23 years old / Master’s student)
  • Alone English. Because instead of learning another language, I think it is better to perfect English.
    (Female / 20 years old / 3rd year of university)
  • Only Japanese. Japanese is enough. I don’t have time to learn other languages.
    (Male / 23 years old / Master’s student)

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