A foreigner living in Japan for the past two years is now fluent in katakana.

“ワタシハマイケルデス,” says two-years-a-gaijin Michael Baxter.

“I’ve finally nailed it but I’m still not getting a lot of respect around here.”

Michael says he still has to prove to locals on a daily basis that he can converse fluently in katakana.

Michael regularly informs people ‘ニホンゴダイジョウブデス’ while shopping.

“Sometimes I speak in katakana and I still get ignored,” he says.

Michael is planning on taking the KLPT (Katakana Language Proficiency Test) in December.

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