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Musings / March 27, 2019

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I once asked Yasushi Akashi, 88, the first Japanese citizen employed by the United Nations, about his struggles learning English. Akashi replied that his Akita accent affected his pronunciation, and that a professor had made fun of him, saying “You speak Inglish.”

From that point, he overcame his difficulties, including pronunciation of “L” and “R,” which Japanese are said to struggle with, and after studying abroad,........

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