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    Yubaru

    Actually, in "Word" you can choose to use either American or British English with "centre" being perfectly "correct" in the latter.

    You miss the point, BOTH should be allowable but to do that makes it difficult for teachers teaching AMERICAN English. Plus telling students that one or the other is correct/incorrect is screwed too.

    @JTDanMan

    We speak English in America, not "American."

    Actually American's DO speak AMERICAN English, however if you noticed the discussion was about writing not speaking and there too American's write AMERICAN English.

    You just choose to drop the American part before saying or using the word English, because if you believe everyone speaks and writes English the same you would be 100% wrong.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 3

    Yubaru

    Household incomes, meanwhile, fell by 6% from a year earlier in real terms, excluding inflation.

    So to include inflation means that it dropped roughly 8%?

    This is going to haunt Abe in the long run. He has been pushing for higher wages, and some companies increased bonuses but NOT actual wages. The bonus increase was window dressing, the consumers here DO NOT spend cash in a poor economy, that is a historical fact about Japan.

    Stocks may rise, but that hardly trickles down to the average worker. Haves vs have-nots...the gap ever widens.

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  • 2

    Yubaru

    All I would like to add here is it's thanks to the internet that "Engrish" has becomes it's own language in a manner of speaking.

    This topic however has been hashed, re-hashed, regurgitated, up-chucked, laughed about, argued about and lord knows what else for literally decades.

    All I suggest is that folks take in tongue in cheek, enjoy the humor, laugh with them and not at them.

    BUT if you are really interested in seeing things change, start small, because there is no way the old-farts in MEXT are going to make any real changes that matter.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 4

    Yubaru

    What's the point to learning all the esoteric grammar....nothing! Learning to speak the language...that is something different, and with the amount of vocabulary the Japanese have in their heads they SHOULD be able to carry on a conversation without a problem, but they can't because of the way they are taught.

    Learning a new word(language) should be a fun process not torture. Life isn't about taking tests, it's about being practical.

    Engrish comes about not because of being lazy but due to a process of teaching that is screwed up from the beginning.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 16

    Yubaru

    Kyushu town approves nuclear reactor restart

    In reality this is not accurate, the "town" didn't decide, the council-critters did, and what is not being talked about is just how much money that is floating around to get them to make this choice. The people in the town are relative hostages to the nuclear power plant company as it subsidizes a ton of things in the town (including the politicians) and put a crap load of pressure on them to vote yes.

    It isnt 100% guaranteed that the reactors will go back online as the prefecture has to vote on it as well.

    Here's to hoping THEY get it right.

    Posted in: Kyushu town approves nuclear reactor restart

  • -1

    Yubaru

    I'm not a native English speaker. Many posters above say that the Japanese are lazy not asking native speakers. So I said "many Japanese don't even realize that they need native-check" when their English skills are elementary.

    Fair enough and thank you for sharing this. One piece of advice, ignore the folks here who make blanket statements about Japanese people doing this or that.....those comments come mostly from ignorance and do not need any response.

    However, I will say that until "gyousei" types get their acts together and stop accepting incorrect English NOTHING is going to change. The attitude comes across as "So what" "Accuracy doesnt matter", it's a perception thing and also a problem with having to learn to accept that mistakes are made, and that it's NOT the end of the world to have them corrected.

    All of the alternatives you listed are correct English in each country, not made-up weirdness, so either American or British usage would be fine, wouldn't it?

    In a perfect world yes, but try getting a JTE who INSISTS on teaching American English to accept the B.E. spelling as being correct and then having a word document show centre (here too by the way, a goofy red-line shows up underneath that spelling even though it's accurate) and them go "AhHA...YOU are WRONG!"

    Then me go bang my head up against a wall!

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 5

    Yubaru

    English is very important for company employees for promotion, or students for entrance examinations. It affects their lives. Still they can not get it right, but that's not because they don't care about it or are lazy.

    Important yes, accurate no.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 2

    Yubaru

    Chances are if it was someone other than the wannabe dictator Hashimoto running things this may have had a better chance to get pushed through. Cutting the waste in government is almost always a great thing for the people, but replacing it with Hashimoto's version of government is not the way to go.

    Posted in: Hashimoto's plan to integrate Osaka prefectural, city governments voted down

  • -3

    Yubaru

    They don't even know that English is a difficult language and they need native-check.

    I just hope that it isn't some of the natives that haunt this place. There are plenty of natives that can't spell or use proper grammar to save their own lives let alone print a sign properly. Just being native doesnt qualify as being right.

    Oh and what "native-check" are you referring too? Are you going to spell it centre or center? Colour or color? Elevator or lift? WC/toilet/restroom/lavatory or loo?

    So if we "natives" can't get on the same page, how does one expect the Japanese to follow suit?

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • -1

    Yubaru

    Just sitting back and waiting for the "gomen-gomen" press conference and see how these folks take not having the damn foreigners accepting their apologies.

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  • 6

    Yubaru

    I know they worked hard to make those English signs.

    Bull...you wish you could have a job as easy as some of these so called sign makers here. The computer spits out the design and all they do is spray some paint. If that's called hard work then I am in the wrong business.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 0

    Yubaru

    One of the few things Japan has going for it is its reputation for quality.

    A reputation built around a house of cards in many instances, with numerous problems swept under the rug to try to protect Japan Inc.

    If this sort of corruption isn't taken seriously, they will take the entire Japanese economy down with them.

    Japan's economy has been in the toilet for quite a while, so what's different?

    Posted in: U.S. consumers sue Takata over airbags; seek class action

  • -2

    Yubaru

    If these people are originating from the infected area, shouldn't they be quarantined 23 days before even boarding a flight?

    Did you ever stop and consider that this is why they want to leave. Leave them in quarantine in a 3rd world country and odds are pretty damn good they will catch the disease.

    Better yet, let them travel to your house instead, ignorance breeds ignorance, so you should be fine.

    Posted in: Canadian journalist in Japan tests negative for Ebola

  • 2

    Yubaru

    Who cares? If Japanese were the International language of business and tourism then I'm sure Japanese would be butchered everywhere too.

    I take it you have never been around a Japanese language school. Pretty much all languages get butchered at one point or another but it certainly seems that English gets hammered here in Japan a heck of a lot more.

    Not to mention the FACT that MEXT is pushing for English fluency in Japan (another failure in action). It takes paying attention to detail for people to eventually get it right.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

  • 0

    Yubaru

    6th tip...stay home, heat up some sake, draw your own bath, get in, relax, and enjoy!

    Posted in: 5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter

  • -1

    Yubaru

    “I think it should be delayed” by a year and a half to April 2017, the prominent official told a small group of people in a recent conversation on condition of anonymity

    First off it can't be THAT small of a group of people if it's being reported here. Second, it's been known that Abe likes throwing out trial balloons every once in a while.

    Lastly this SHOULD read....."It should be CANCELLED and the previous increase rolled back to 5% as it has been proven to be a failure in every sense of the word"

    Posted in: Senior gov't official calls for Abe to delay sales tax hike

  • 2

    Yubaru

    Better odds of dying while using my smartphone as I cross the str

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  • -1

    Yubaru

    If you hand it in and someone does claim it, I think you're entitled to 30%.

    10%....

    I have turned in lost items to the police before and filed the paperwork. There are a number of boxes to check with regards to making a claim for "rewards". It's up to you whether you even want to be notified if the owner makes a claim for the goods or not.

    Posted in: If you found a large sum of money in a secluded spot, would you keep it or hand it in to the police?

  • 1

    Yubaru

    Famima kicks butt down here in Okinawa over Lawson's (No 7-11's yet) BECAUSE they are self serve. Lawson's takes too much time, particularly when they get busy. Who wants to wait around for 5 minutes, or more, for a 100 yen cup of coffee.

    Posted in: Convenience stores vie for coffee market crown

  • 2

    Yubaru

    About time that Japan gets treated the same way it treats "outsiders" in so many facets of society, including sports.

    Posted in: Japan facing ban from international basketball

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