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Month: July 2013

The Japlish-to-Engrish dictionary

The Japlish-to-Engrish dictionary

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every J-blogger must one day post a series of photographs depicting hapless, hopeless, surreal and / or otherwise amusing uses of the English language by the Japanese. And thus, after two years as Muzuhashi, so this day has come to pass. Some of the photos here were taken several years ago, some are of subjects that must surely have been spotted by other J-bloggers, some depict bizarre uses of the Japanese language by…

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Wrong Way Round – Day 23

Wrong Way Round – Day 23

Teshio – Minato-machi (天塩 – 港町) – 91kmPart-way through the morning I saw a young man on an overloaded, single-speed shopping bike – aka mama-chari – cycling towards me on the opposite side of the road, and followed him as he pulled into Shosanbetsu michi-no-éki. His name was Mr Enduring Magnificence, and he was on a six-month circumnavigation of Japan.‘How on earth do you manage on a mama-chari?’ I asked him.‘The morning after the first day of the trip,’ he…

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Lines

Lines

Some of my colleagues ask the first and second graders to fill a page of their English notebooks every day, usually with words or phrases they have recently been studying. Since the teachers don’t have enough time for marking and the students don’t have enough time for additional homework, the benefits are, to say the least, questionable. Ploughing through a mountain of beginner’s English every morning does occasionally throw up some oddities, though: one student filled five pages of his…

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