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Problems for Learners inIn Japan, english is compulsory for all public school students from Junior High to end of High School, six years in total, however the standard of speaking and pronunciation is low in general. This is due to a combination of cultural factors and the drastic differences between english and japanese in Alphabet, Phonology and Grammar. Alphabet. Japan uses three scripts Kanji, Katakana and Hiragana. japanese learners are exposed to Roman script (Romaji) extensively and study it in school so have no problems reading roman text however pronunciation is very different even for english words that have been adopted into Japan. Phonology / Pronunciation japanese has only five vowel sounds in long or short variations. Also, it is not really possible to have one consonant directly after another, a consonant is always followed by a vowel and “n” is the only consonant which can normally end a word. Because of this when faced with an english sound like the “str” in strength they will often pronounce it as “ste-rength”. There is also no native “/l/” or “/v/” sounds at all in japanese words and many speakers have great difficulty pronouncing and sometimes even hearing the difference between “/l/” and “/r/” and “/v/” and “/b/”. Intonation