February 08

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No Wonder Everybody Hates English

Japanese game shows are famous for testing just how much abuse people will take in front of an audience, but this one truly raises the bar! I mean, what kind of masochists sign up to have their English corrected on prime time TV? Here three hapless contestants must step up in front of the worthy professors on the right and recite whatever appears on the screen.

Check out what this poor lady is supposed to read! If I’d been forced to read this “silver shoon” piffle in my formative years, I’d have given up the damn language too.

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s from a famous poem, but honestly, if there was anything designed to convince people that learning English is an utter waste of time, this would be it.

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

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

A young woman is found dead in an abandoned car, with a pair of strangers old enough to be her parents. Their suicide note apologizes for a disaster that hasn’t yet happened. And someone is stalking the…read more

…or watch the book trailer (0:52)