TCS: English Lessons in Japan – Weird, Alarming – and Funny

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On a branch
floating downriver
a cricket, singing.

— Kobayashi Issa


Learning another language is challenging, especially when the new language has a completely different alphabet from yours. But apparently the Japanese decided that they wanted to make learning English even more of a challenge by combining it with a morning workout routine. Some of what they are teaching is alarming —  what to say when you are mugged surely must be aimed at travelers to America — and some of it is just plain funny. Almost all of it is slightly off — the meaning is clear enough, but no native speaker would phrase it the way they do.

Americans trying to learn Japanese should take note — you may not be saying what you think you are.




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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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