When you talk to Japanese and Koreans in different parts of the world, they’ll have very different opinions about what’s happening there.
But the same goes for American and Japanese speakers in different countries, said Julia Hirsch, a linguist and professor at New York University.
This is because the languages are different.
In Japanese, the Japanese are very similar to the American, and they have a very specific vocabulary.
In Korean, the Korean are a little bit more specific, and so you see a lot of overlap, Hirsch said.
But when it comes to speaking, the differences between the languages can make a big difference, too.
Japanese speakers are more likely to think of the speaker as someone who’s speaking a Japanese language, while Koreans are more inclined to see someone who speaks Korean as a foreigner.
Hirsch told National Geographic she thinks this is because when Japanese speakers speak Japanese, they’re more likely than Americans to think that the speaker is speaking a foreign language.
So when they talk to one another, Japanese and foreign speakers are likely to see each other as outsiders, she said.
This means that they tend to focus on the person’s accent and how they speak, rather than on how much of a foreigner they think the other person is.
To learn more about how language differences can affect how we speak to each other, check out the infographic below.
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