English T-shirts in Japan #3

I’ve had a busy evening changing over from the ready-made template on LongCountdown to one of my own custom designs, which you may have seen on my other blog, Nice4Rice. I hope you like the new look. It’s all part of sprucing up the blog for the birth of little Rikuto at the end of July. I’ve been slack of late with writing new blog entries. I think I’m suffering […]

Double without you

One of the biggest difficulties in teaching English to adults in Japan is you are constantly battling against what they have previously learned. Most Japanese have studied English in some capacity for at least six years, most of which, if not all, were at the hands of a Japanese English teacher, and in some cases the teacher wasn’t even an English teacher, just a homeroom teacher reading from an English […]

English T-shirts in Japan #2

In my first post on English T-Shirts in Japan, you saw the “Honey Spunk” shirt. Here’s another classic, modelled by one of my seven-year-old students. What do you think? I explained the meaning to the class by kicking myself on the bum with my heel, and yelping “Ouch!”. I think they understood! If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I’d love to hear from you!

English T-shirts in Japan #1

The Japanese love to wear clothes with English on them because it supposedly looks cool, yet they often can’t understand what these slogans say. This week I had one student with the expression “No Time to Kill” emblazoned on her shirt, which although perfectly acceptable English, I doubt this housewife is busy enough to warrant wearing such a shirt! Clothing manufacturers take advantage of this ‘English is fashionable’ attitude and […]