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Japan produces a lot of students who successfully answer question about the English language in tests but who aren't fluent English speakers.

Do you mean oral or written tests? A person may learn a language to point when he reads books pretty easily (and so does very well on the written tests) without becoming a fluent speaker of it.
I think we have no Chinese or Japanese people on LW.

I suspect this is mainly due to a cultural rather than a linguistic barrier. Based on this survey, LW has more members from Finland than from the English speaking India.






It's culture in the sense, that Western people are more interested in discussing rationlity because of the way they were raised while Indian people likely focus on getting formal qualifications and passing standardized tests.

To the extend that the debate about rationality leads to new approaches of looking at problems it's valuable for society. I find it unlikely that Indian's would come up with founding MealSquares due to their narrow-minded focus on playing by the official rules.

A lot of the ideas coming out of the LW sphere won't produce commercially successful products but society doesn't need all ideas to be successful.
YCombinator makes the bulk of it's profits with the top 10 company of it's portfolio and would be okay if the other companies would make no money.
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I think it's mostly written tests. Tests about vocubulary and tests about grammer. You can make a lot of grammar mistakes and still be understood. As far as I understood the Japanese train the correct grammar rules in school and the students don't really use the language. Then they forget everything a few years after they left school because they don't use it.
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