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  • Do I need to speak Japanese?

    I will be going to Tokyo in September and plan on visiting Disneyland. BIG THRILL!!!! I do not speak a lick of Japanese and was wondering how much of a language barrier there will be in the parks?
    I mean, will I be able to understand the dialog in the HM? Do the face characters speak English? Will the shows be in English and Japanese? Do they have a PAL Mickey setup? Should I just take a quick class at Berlitz?
    "Some of us prefer illusion to despair!" ~ Nelson Muntz of The Simpsons when being teased for liking Snow White and being told that she was just an actress.

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    Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

    I bet if the rides are all said in Japanese, you may have to pick up a translating machine somewhere on Main Street. I think all Disney parks have the service available for people who can not understand a certain language that is being spoken.

    I am also under the impression that in the rides, the audio is said in Japanese and then English. I can be wrong, but that is what I heard.

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    • #3
      Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

      There is no quick class in Japanese... 4 years of Japanese will usually teach you the same as 1 year of Spanish.

      That said, you'll have no problem sometimes mostly probably.

      Japan uses a LOT of english these days, though not very perfect. Anything written will be in English and Japanese. Anything spoken -- well, it all depends on the situation.

      Many people don't know Japanese at all and they have a great time there. Just go and have fun.
      -Tim

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      • #4
        Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

        Well, there's no "quick" class if you want to really learn Japanese. However, you
        can learn some phrases enough to help you get by.

        I know that TDLFAN et al will know for sure.. but here's my take.
        * All signage is in English and Japanese. (actually I believe it's actually
        English that's more prominent).
        * The attractions & shows are in Japanese (like HM). But some which allow it have
        subtitle in displays in English.
        * I have not heard of a translation system/box or PAL setup either.
        * Many CMs speak english. English speaking CMs have a special buttons.
        * Don't know about the Face chars. But the guess is that many are from US.
        * There are english speaking tours and an english version of the map available at the City Hall

        Anyway, you'll probably get a more authoritative answer from someone like
        TDLFAN. :-)

        Have a great time in "Nihon"!

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        • #5
          Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

          But isn't there a device the OP can rent at Tokyo Disneyland that lets him here the ride audio in English?

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          • #6
            Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

            Thanks for the info everyone! I thought as much but wanted to make sure. I was just kidding about the Berlitz course. I took one of their courses to learn German and it was a hoot! I can order 50+ types of beer in German. And I don't even drink!!!!!!!!! LOL! )

            I also spoke to a CM friend that assured me I would have a great time
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            • #7
              Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

              No Pal Mickey, I'm afraid. The only resort with Pal Mickey facilities is the Walt Disney World Resort, but I've heard rumours of the Disneyland Resort being fitted with capabilities.
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              • #8
                Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

                Originally posted by Speedway
                No Pal Mickey, I'm afraid. The only resort with Pal Mickey facilities is the Walt Disney World Resort, but I've heard rumours of the Disneyland Resort being fitted with capabilities.
                WDC has taken patents in Japan on the technology used for the "Pal Mickey" service.
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                • #9
                  Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

                  Originally posted by Disney Wrassler
                  But isn't there a device the OP can rent at Tokyo Disneyland that lets him here the ride audio in English?
                  No. TDR parks do not offer that service. However, some shows do have an english phone-like hook you can listen to, such as HISTA (TDL's Microadventure). TDS' 3D show in Arabian Coast do provide some type of translator available in that show ONLY. Ask a CM for it.

                  BTW... I do not speak/read japanese and do just fine. There will be a CM available to help or find you someone who can speak english. Otherwise.. learning japanese is not a bad idea if you ask me...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

                    You don't need to learn Japanese, but learning a FEW words will go along way. Try and learn phrases like Thank You, Please, Excuse me, etc...

                    Oh ... and it will probably be hot in September still, so you might want to ask for KORI ... (ice).

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                    • #11
                      Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

                      日本語は易しいではありませんよ!
                      -Tim

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                      • #12
                        Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

                        Online translator says "Japanese is not plain!"
                        "Tonight I wash my hands of you
                        You set the bar I could not live up to
                        Tonight the light is breaking through
                        So thank you very little and send me postcards from hell"
                        Zebrahead

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                        • #13
                          Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

                          Originally posted by Hector
                          Online translator says "Japanese is not plain!"
                          That's because online traslators suck with Japanese.
                          -Tim

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                          • #14
                            Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

                            As with most languages.
                            "Tonight I wash my hands of you
                            You set the bar I could not live up to
                            Tonight the light is breaking through
                            So thank you very little and send me postcards from hell"
                            Zebrahead

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                            • #15
                              Re: Do I need to speak Japanese?

                              易しい in this context means "easy," not "plain."
                              -Tim

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