At lunch with my cow-workers, I was struggling to use Japanese, with the native speaking teachers, but I was enjoying the process of bombing. But while I was “bombing,” I did catch onto one part of the conversation, and they were asking if I could distinguish between Korean, Japanese and Chinese faces.
I was honest. Sometimes I can distinguish Korean and Japanese but not all the time. If a Korean person has strong features it’s a little easier to tell (it’s not really the eye so much as it higher, more defined cheekbones, and in men a stronger jawline). When the Korean person has softer features I have a harder time. Truth be told I still struggle to tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese. People say there’s a slight difference in the eyes, but I really don’t see that.
Are you able to tell the difference? If so, how can you tell? The way I know some people are just saying they can see the difference is because at my table of co-workers some of them (natives) said they sometimes have a hard time telling the difference. Let’s make this a bit more fun, shall we. I am going to put up the faces of three different men and three women. There is one Japanese man, one Japanese woman, one Chinese man, one Chinese, woman, one Korean man, and one Korean woman. You have to find out which is which and I will give post the answers on the Japan Guy tomorrow.
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I’ve never been to Korea or China, but for those who have, aside from facial distinction, what differences have you seen between Japanese, Korean, and Chinese mannerisms? Culture?
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One of my duties as a new ALT in a Shougakko ( or Japanese elementary school) is to have lunch...