A, B, C: Good afternoon.
A: Why do many Japanese learn English?
English is the international language and many foreign companies are coming to Japan. To have a good command of English helps you to get promoted and …
A: But English education is not working very well in Japan. Why do you think so?
Let me tell you my case. I started to learn English when I was 13, when I entered junior high school. Fortunately, I liked English. But we place emphasis on grammar and translation and this may discourage children to learn English. So we should place emphasis on listening skills and communication skills.
A: Very nice. What do you think about the space trip? Like to the moon?
A: Yes. I wish I could go, but the opportunities are limited to people who have many… much money.
But I understand we have a problem on the earth and we need to pay attention to the environmental preservation. So, if things don’t work, I think it is good to make a space trip.
A: Do you smoke?
No, I don’t.
A: Which do you think will win, smokers or non-smokers?
I think non-smokers will win.
A: How can we stop smoking?
Well, I think hospitals and clinics can provide them the opportunity to get to know other smokers. Japanese are group-oriented, so it’s kind of peer pressure.
Recently, the Japanese government decided to invest the money for smokers to stop smoking. And we can provide nicotine pad at reduced price …
A: Please explain the Japanese word. What is “Uchiwa”?
Uchiwa is a flat and round fan. It’s about this big. It usually has a decorative design, painting, or Chinese characters. It is used for fanning a fire and cool down yourself.
A: What’s the difference between Uchiwa and Sensu?
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