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It's always been a dream of mine to go to Tokyo ever since I was three. But I have trouble learning Japanese and I want to know wat percent of Japanese people speak English.

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    Not a large percentage. It's taught in schools but pronunciation is not taught well. Many Japanese mcan read better than they can speak. But I've not had major problems in the 6 or 7 times I've been in Japan. Any large hotel and some smaller ones have staff who are fluent in English. Many restaurants have models of food outside. Your server may not speak English but you can sign to them to follow you outside where you just point to what you want. This works well and they won't be surprised if you do this. over 2 years ago

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    Very few. But the city is still manageable. Try the World Nomads Japanese Language guide as a starter, and another solution that is far from perfect but at least does allow you to communicate s Google's translate app. This works offline with stored phrases but if you are going to go, use it with a local SIM and you'll be fine.

    Go! Be fearless and have a wonderful time. over 2 years ago

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    I think not much.. over 2 years ago

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    it does not matter ! Japanese are sooo polite they either, 1 will walk a mile to help you, literally, I have had several occasions where with just a very basic exchange of where I wanted to go, a person has accompanied me for up to 20 mins to my destination, a bit uncomfortable when you can't speak Japanese, but they didn't care so I learn't not to care.... OR 2- avoid you ( so as not to make you or them uncomfortable.
    My wife is Japanese over 2 years ago

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    It's not directly relevant to your question, but if you're wondering about tipping, Japanese restaurants generally don't. Several years ago, a group of six of us left a tip and the waiter chased us down the street to return it. over 2 years ago

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    I've never had language problems in Tokyo. Most hotel staff speak some English and shops know how to deal with foreigners. A few words of Japanese like hello and thank you are easy to learn and go a long way. There's lots of English signage, and it's really easy to get around on the subway. It's a fantastic city! over 2 years ago

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    Japanese is friendly and helpful, you don't need to worry too much about their English. over 2 years ago

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