All Academic, Inc. Research Logo

Info/CitationFAQResearchAll Academic Inc.
Document

Accounting Episodes as Communicative Practice Affecting Cultural Knowledge
Unformatted Document Text:  19 said that they would confront and blame others if they were dealing with “Japanese.” The reason they often mentioned for not confronting others was language; They saw a difficulty in expressing themselves in English in confrontational situations. The following two excerpts further demonstrate the difficulty that the informants perceived in communicating in English even in non-confrontational situations: Excerpt 10 #14(Yoko) pp. 8-10 When they ask me about Japan or about me, I’d like to express my feelings especially when we get close, right? But I can’t find the right words to explain [how I feel] because I’m not fluent in English as in Japanese. So I try hard and think saying, “Umm, Umm,” then they change the subject. So when I talk with Americans I’m always a listener. I don’t talk about myself. I’d like to but I can’t. They don’t have patience either.... Excerpt 11 #13(Satoshi) pp. 5-6 S: In the office we chat. They are mostly Americans. When talking, they often ask me all of a sudden, “What do you think?” They explain to me in detail because they know I’m not so good at English. I would always feel bad when they show concern to me like that because then the conversation stops for a while. I: Even though the conversation stops for a while, do they answer if you ask? S: They answer if I ask but I don’t feel like asking, that’s the truth. I: You don’t feel like asking because you feel bad? S: Yes. They are just chatting, [and I feel bad about] asking them to seriously explain to me... Yoko in Excerpt 10 and Satoshi, a 26-year-old who had been in the United States for 2 years, in Excerpt 11 described a difficulty in communicating with “Americans” in English because of their own language ability. These excerpts also imply that because of the difficulty it was not easy for them

Authors: Kotani, Mariko.
first   previous   Page 19 of 27   next   last



background image
19
said that they would confront and blame others if they were
dealing with “Japanese.” The reason they often mentioned for
not confronting others was language; They saw a difficulty in
expressing themselves in English in confrontational
situations.
The following two excerpts further demonstrate the
difficulty that the informants perceived in communicating in
English even in non-confrontational situations:
Excerpt 10 #14(Yoko) pp. 8-10
When they ask me about Japan or about me, I’d like to
express my feelings especially when we get close,
right? But I can’t find the right words to explain [how
I feel] because I’m not fluent in English as in
Japanese. So I try hard and think saying, “Umm, Umm,”
then they change the subject. So when I talk with
Americans I’m always a listener. I don’t talk about
myself. I’d like to but I can’t. They don’t have
patience either....

Excerpt 11 #13(Satoshi) pp. 5-6
S:
In the office we chat. They are mostly Americans.
When talking, they often ask me all of a sudden,
“What do you think?” They explain to me in detail
because they know I’m not so good at English. I
would always feel bad when they show concern to me
like that because then the conversation stops for
a while.
I:
Even though the conversation stops for a while, do
they answer if you ask?
S:
They answer if I ask but I don’t feel like asking,
that’s the truth.
I:
You don’t feel like asking because you feel bad?
S: Yes. They are just chatting, [and I feel bad about]
asking them to seriously explain to me...
Yoko in Excerpt 10 and Satoshi, a 26-year-old who had been
in the United States for 2 years, in Excerpt 11 described a
difficulty in communicating with “Americans” in English
because of their own language ability. These excerpts also
imply that because of the difficulty it was not easy for them


Convention
All Academic Convention is the premier solution for your association's abstract management solutions needs.
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.
Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!
Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!
Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

first   previous   Page 19 of 27   next   last

©2012 All Academic, Inc.