Saturday, January 8, 2011

68% Japanese students study German

68%! This figure is so fascinating to me, since I'd be thrilled if even ten percent of our NKHS student body were clever enough to find their way into our German program. (Numbers like twenty percent; forty-; sixty-; nearly seventy percent seem-- radical!)

Furthermore, since the Japanese also learn English (making German their third--or so--language), their world is certainly worthy of our curiosity. They're on to something. These are the kids who will be some of your chief competitors. After all, interest in all things Asian is breaking the lock on the world's pop culture, which the US has enjoyed since post WWII.

Are Asian teens so very different from us?

Maybe you'll enjoy this peek into an Asian (South Korean) boy's band, TVXQ. They incorporate an English chorus. Let me know what you think of their choreography; sound; message.

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Did you see elements of the Asian society, which might eclipse the current fascination there is with Times Square?


Meine kleine Prinzessin (acappella)



Diese Band scheint (=seems) DBSK in Asien zu heissen.




Hier: Noch eine Band aus Süd Korea, SHINee.
"Nur" 12 Millionen HITS auf diesem Lied: LUCIFER.

15 comments:

  1. i think that Japanese and Asians in general live so much more different than Americans! I did some research they have 25% more school time than Americans on the course of their school year! I think this makes them a huge competition in business and marketing in America. It really is amazing that they normally learn 3 languages, and some people probably know even more! They must find Germany appealing and a successful country if about 68% learn its language.

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  2. I agree with Felix. Asians and Americans live differently. I also think their teens are not so different than us. I feel like the teens their do a lot of the same things here. But they go to school 6 days a week so Asians are more intelligent and are way ahead in technology because of it

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  3. I wounder what the reason behind this is

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  4. As we can all see, Asians in general are a bit more advanced then us. Obviously, this is apparent in our buisness world and I think this directly relates to their knowledge and languages. This helps them with foreign relations greatly!

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  5. Both countries are more advanced in the school department than the US and I beleive that this country needs to rise in its school comitment, as said in previous comments they have a 6 day school week along with an 8 hour day. So they should be smarter than Americans.

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  7. I think that other countries are more diverse than the united states when it comes to their education.

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  8. These guys are very interesting. However, I couldn't understand them half of the time. I think that the U.S. will eventually be the worst country in the world. Compared to other countries and their fast learning and doing more athletic things instead of just sitting down and watching tv or playing video-games. It's just sad to see how far behind our country is in technology, the sciences, and the other things that make the other countries seem so ahead of us.

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  9. I have remarked that asian are mostly in good schools. They are very smat too. My brother usually goes to brown for summer programs and he said that most of the people are asians. he actually goes to a private school, and it is the same.

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  10. Asians value education more than people in the US do. Its a big part of their culture.

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  11. Sie arbeiten harter in der Schule als wir.

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  12. Wir haben sich harter in die Schule besser als in Japan Studenten.

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  13. to refraese my earlier comment they have an higher standered of their education then we do in AMerica the most technologically advanced country in the world.

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  14. Wie kuhl! Sie tanzen sehr gut auch! Ich denke das ist sehr gut fur unsere blog. Ich mag diese neuen lied. I like having something new on the blog! This was a great idea!

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  15. It's so interesting that so many people in Japan speak German. I always find that fact to be surprising. It also shows how important German is in world business.

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