Today’s Word: common

August 22, 2018 =========

☆  common  共通の


When you talk about a common opinion, or common knowledge, or a common feeling, you mean that the opinion, knowledge, or feeling is shared by the people you are talking about. So, for example, when talking about culture and cultural gaps, it might be common knowledge that most Japanese people celebrate the New Year rather than Christmas. However, it might not be common knowledge that there is an Obon season in Japan, to honor the spirits of your ancestors.  

Having common knowledge, and customs and culture in common with others can make bridging the cultural gap much easier. Do you think there are some cultures that share more common knowledge and customs with Japan than others? Which countries?