Monthly Archives: February 2012

Nihongo Muzukashii?

The other day, a Japanese man I know set about explaining why Japanese was so hard. It was one of those conversations that begin with a fellow who can’t speak a lick of English taking pride in telling you how … Continue reading

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Good: Freshly Cooked Tempura

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Birthday Celebration

Not long ago, we had a family celebration for the oldest of my wife’s relatives – her 88-year-old uncle. He wasn’t there, though, because longevity isn’t always a good thing and he survives more or less only as a physical … Continue reading

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Good: Simple Snacks on Simple Plates

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Missed Opportunity

One of the things that you hear about eikaiwa teaching is that it is easy. This is usually said by people who are rubbish teachers. If it were easy, Japan would be full of confident and fluent English speakers. It … Continue reading

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Health Checks With The Neighbours

My wife is not very good at saying ‘shit’ in English. This is because it is a swearword and she is aware that only the very most accomplished speakers of a foreign language can swear with aplomb. I can sense … Continue reading

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Good: Buddha In The Window

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