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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.

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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