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Many Japanese travel to Philippines to study English

许多日本人为了学习英语去菲律宾旅游



MANILA - Growing numbers of Japanese are opting to travel to the Philippines to study English at affordable costs ahead of the planned speaking efficiency-focused college entrance exams and Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.

越来越多的日本人计划在以演讲效率为重点的大学入学考试、2020的东京奥运会和残奥会之前去菲律宾旅游,以负担得起的成本来学习英语。

The number of Japanese visitors to the Southeast Asian country has steadily risen in the last few years, reaching 584,180 in 2017, up 9.1 percent from a year earlier, aided by demand from students and services industry workers who want to put themselves in an English-speaking environment.

过去几年来,日本赴东南亚旅游的人数稳步上升,到2017年达到了584,180人,较上年同期增长9.1%,这得益于学生和服务业工人的需求,他们希望把自己放在一个用英语沟通的环境中。

"Travelers aiming to study English (in the Philippines) are surging in number. About 100 Japanese junior high and high schools implemented study abroad programs in 2017," an official at the Tokyo office of the Philippines Department of Tourism said in a telephone interview with NNA.

菲律宾旅游部门东京办公室的一位官员在接受NNA的电话采访时说“想要学习英语的旅行者(在菲律宾)人数激增。大约有100所日本的初中和高中在2017年实施了出国留学计划”。

Many Japanese are choosing the Philippines to study English because of the language's official status and the nation's geographical proximity to Japan, as compared with other English-speaking countries, as well as relatively low study and living expenses.

许多日本人选择菲律宾学习英语,是因为与其他英语国家相比,菲律宾的官方地位和地理上与日本的地理位置相近,学习和生活费用相对较低。

Japanese schools such as Ritsumeikan Uji Junior High School, an affiliate of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, and cram schools now send their students to Filipino schools during school vacations.

日本的一些学校,如京都立命馆大学附属的立命馆初中(Ritsumeikan Uji Junior High School),以及补习班,在学校放假期间将学生送往菲律宾学校。

As the Japanese government plans to overhaul the English-language test for standardized university entrance exams for those who enroll in the academic year starting in April 2021, there will be much more emphasis on speaking and writing skills, in addition to reading and listening proficiencies.

日本政府计划在2021年4月开始对参加高考的学生进行英语标准化考试,除了阅读和听力技能外,还将更加注重口语和写作技能。

Japan's service industries are also contributing to the rise in the number of Japanese travelers to the Philippines as some firms are dispatching their employees for English training programs in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

日本的服务行业也在推动日本赴菲律宾旅游人数的增加,因为一些公司正派遣员工参加英语培训项目,为2020年东京奥运会做准备。

The Philippines is closer to Japan and less costly than Singapore and Malaysia, Masaaki Shibata, official in charge of human resources management at MK Co., a Kyoto-based major taxi and limousine operator, said in an email interview. MK initiated a training program in the Philippines in 2015, in addition to similar training programs in Australia and Britain.

总部位于京都的大型出租车和豪华轿车运营商MK Co.的人力资源管理官员Masaaki Shibata在接受电子邮件采访时说,菲律宾比新加坡和马来西亚更接近日本,成本也更低。MK于2015年在菲律宾发起了一项培训计划,并在澳大利亚和英国开展了类似的培训项目。