Voyage to The Another Eorzea 1
This is the series of my journal to note what I experienced and thought as a non-English speaker in another Eorzea, NA DC. It may help one who has JP friends to know what they see.
To understand the way how JP players communicate, you can read: Guide: The Way People Chat in Japanese DCs, too.
The Background and What I Noticed
"How about becoming a YouTuber?" My husband said to me and it was one of the reasons I took my another toon from Elemental to Aether. Finally, the plan is stopped and I've started running this blog as a substitute way to be a support for English-speaking players in Japanese servers.
It's not often but I play in NA to learn the methods of communication in English. Raising my child, I don't have enough time to join a FC. With this short-time playing, I was surprised at several points there. Some have already referred on the page linked above.
Sudden recruiting to a FC & TELL
I wonder, did those occur because of the returner mark on my toon? It was unique to the English-speaking server that people welcome me even if I tell them I'm a Japanese and not fluent in English.
Novice network is not only a place for offering supports to novices but a place for debating.
It's an obvious difference between NA and JPN that players often have debates on the novice network or not. The topic can be about the main story and perhaps about a delicate world, religious problem.
Some take harsh attitude as if they have an argument, I feel. This impression may comes from my background, Japanese culture. I'll mention of this "debate" later.
People often do big pulls in the leveling dungeons
Big pulls in there are generally seen in NA unlike in Mana. The party members maybe used to wipe. I've never seen anyone complains or go jump ship. I'm a healer and sometimes I apologize after wipe, then others talk to me with abbreviation: but I can't respond in soon. I should learn more short-cut words. This must have happened to among foreigners in my DC..
Well, Japanese players often don't like doing big pulls when they're on leveling. If you really want to, it's better to ask other members whether to do or not at first.
Those are the experiences I've had. Then, I'd like to observe how Japanese and English speakers perseive "debate" is.
Debate and Agreement
I don't say with certainly, but it can be said that Japanese are not good at that. They're liable to agree with others: if they want to oppose some opinions, they cares not to make the mood ruined. It may caused by the culture that respects the unsaid communication much than verbal.
On the other hand, I feel English speakers love exchangeing their own thoughts. They say their view points clearly, like "I don't think so". Also they speak about religious things that are avoided by Japanese, it seems. I see most of the people there can have civilized discussions.
For Japanese, it can make them feel be denied their personalities when someone disagrees about their own opinions. Of course it's just an opinion to the others'. Since there's not a custom like getting another new conclusion with some arguments in Japan, people seems to get some blows when they receive negative words. From this observation, you had better not to expect hot debates to Japanese players.
In addition, you need to know that they don't like religious topics. It comes from their not belonging any religions and the aspects of the riligious events like Buddhism, Shintoism and Christianity are absorbed to Japanese culture. Because of this, they celebrate Christmas without knowing what the date is and go to shrines and Shinto shrines without differentiation. They are the parts of festivals or sightseeings: it may be one of the features of Japanese cultures.
These books I noted below could make you more interested in the differences of the communication between Japanese and English.
- Richard E. Nisbett, The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why
- Haru Yamada, Different Games, Different Rules: Why Americans and Japanese Misunderstand Each Other
Both are what I read when I was a college student majored in linguistics. The former one is wrriten by a social psychologist. It refers to how each of the geographies and histories made the way to communication between eastern and western countries. And the latter one is written by a sociolinguist. She highlighted the difference of the teasing culture and how to raise their children between Japanese and American. Both books are really interesting and useful to understand the aspects of each languages. Why don't you read them if you want to know the Japanese linguisic identities or cultures?
I'm looking forward to finding much more discoveries in NA. I love both of the cultures and the languages. The cultural differences are so fascinating and make us to understand what they, foreigners to us, are for real. Some articles on the web say, "Japanese players are too conservative." Some may be like that, but not all of them is. If you're interested in JP DC and just not decided to join in, it's the time for you to jump into there! The door to another Eorzea is near and always open there.