Today’s Word: enthusiasm

April 22, 2017 =========

☆  enthusiasm  熱意


Is enthusiasm a good personality trait to have in Japan? In Australia, it is definitely a positive trait – to have enthusiasm for your work and your life is something that many people admire. For example, with the useful phrases this week, one is:

“I admire your enthusiasm.”

This nuance of this would depend on the tone of voice of the speaker, and also the context. If the job is one that the speaker doesn’t want to do, then the nuance is that they admire you because they don’t have or couldn’t imagine having any enthusiasm for the situation. On the other hand, if there is a positive nuance, then it means that the speaker wishes they could be like you and have more enthusiasm.