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I’m visiting Japan for 2 weeks during Sakura. I am learning Japanese and will work to speak and read where possible. I lost my vocal cords to thyroid cancer and my voice sounds deep and coarse. My concern is that my voice is going to sound abrasive to people.

I want to be more immersed and engaged with locals. I’m traveling alone and thinking of making a small card with brief info about my voice. How do you think this would come across? I’m open to other ideas. I understand local people may be embarrassed to practice English with English speakers, but I’d really like to meet people while I’m there to help with this. I just don’t want to scare anyone! Any input welcome.

I have clear face masks so that people can read my lips easily.

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I’m visiting Japan for 2 weeks during Sakura. I am learning Japanese and will work to speak and read where possible. I lost my vocal cords to thyroid cancer and my voice sounds deep and coarse. My concern is that my voice is going to sound abrasive to people. 

I want to be more immersed and engaged with locals. I’m traveling alone and thinking of making a small card with brief info about my voice. How do you think this would come across? I’m open to other ideas. I understand local people may be embarrassed to practice English with English speakers, but I’d really like to meet people while I’m there to help with this. I just don’t want to scare anyone! Any input welcome. 

I have clear face masks so that people can read my lips easily.
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