My dive into the world of Sumikko Gurashi continues with a book I picked up recently - すみっコぐらしの英会話 or Sumikko Gurashi English Conversation. Its an English phrasebook featuring the super cute Sumikko Gurashi characters. As an English educator here in Japan I don't think its the most useful book for someone looking to practice English … Continue reading Sumikko Gurashi English Conversation Book
Japan has a lot of elderly people. About a quarter of the population is 65 and over and with a declining birthrate there is a full-blown crisis happening. Living on a rural island amplifies this. I interact with the elderly almost as much as children - the trouble is 9.9 times out of 10 the … Continue reading Japan Scene 7: Flip a coin for elderly men
A few weeks ago I attended a yard sale-style event put on by the boarders at the High School on my island. The aim was to sell-off stuff and raise funds. There were books, clothes, crafts and chocolate. One booth even had currency from counties all over the world. I took the opportunity to pick … Continue reading Japan Scene 6: Air Traffic Controller
It was supposed to be a regular Thursday night futsal session. I've never been much of a football/soccer player outside of my inter-school league in high school but I willingly got connected to the futsal club on my island. Futsal now served two purposes for me. 1. To get exercise and 2. to socialize with … Continue reading Japan Scene 2: Futsal x English Master
What do you do when you are a designer and have to make frequent trips to Japan but you are unable to find the time to learn to read or speak the language? Why design a katakana typeface that has English phonetic sounds embedded of course! Thats exactly what Michael Johnson and his team at … Continue reading Phonetikana – Katakana Typeface
There is a brand new English Language school in Tokyo Japan that caters to the needs of Japanese otaku who want to learn English but may refuse to to take regular English classes for fear of being too different and not fitting in. Teachers and students of the school are encouraged to wear costumes of … Continue reading Cosplay + English Classes = Cosplish
A friend of mine sent me this video in an email. Many English language speakers like me who are studying Japanese find it very difficult because of the difference between the languages, how it is spoken, read, pronunciation and much much more, but have you ever thought about it from the other side? Here is … Continue reading Speaking Japanese is hard but English is even harder
The English Language has many loan words from many languages, but we don't care about those other languages except Japanese right? We all (I hope) know about the cool words like "ninja", "anime", "karate" and "samurai" just to name a few. But what about the non Japanese enthusiasts among us did they know that words … Continue reading What did English borrow from Japanese?