What’s Wrong With This Picture?

This is the handout I got today at my Japanese school. Once a week we’re subjected to Business Japanese. Recently we had to write an essay on “What Is Your Dream?” and I was seriously tempted to write, “My dream is to never get a job at a company where I have to use the honorific form on a daily basis. Or ever, for that matter.”

So while I was trying my best to figure out how to tell B-san (who is my superior, despite the fact that his name is B-san) that I was having difficulty communicating with the technical department about the new product development project, my attention kept straying to that guy’s ARM. I was wondering what the sensei would say if I changed the dialogue to read, “I am having trouble communicating with the technical department because I am an ALIEN.”

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

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