Today’s Word: negative

August 24, 2018 =========

☆  negative ネガティブな


If someone is negative or has a negative attitude, they only see the bad aspects of a situation, rather than the good ones. When I was working at an English school, my Japanese coworker told me to stop being so negative! I was really surprised, because I didn’t consider myself to be a negative person. After thinking about it, I realized it was actually a cultural difference.

I was talking about things like the humid weather and crowded trains – I didn’t feel like I was complaining, but it seemed negative to my Japanese coworker because he was very stoic. He was very good at “gaman” Ha ha! So, in the end, we realized that it was just our different cultures, for me, talking about the humidity and crowds was just everyday chatting, but for him it was negative. So, we agreed to not chat about those topics! It was an eye-opening experience for me.