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Aso meets Obama

BBC News link

Oh, dear. How embarrassing. First off, the President doesn’t even remember the PM’s name, does he? NOT that I blame the President for it; politicians of their stature should possess some degree of personality, surely? Well, that Aso person clearly doesn’t, so why would/should anyone remember his name?

Btw, doesn’t the name “Aso” spell dangerously close to “arse”? It's also one letter different to "aho" which means "an idiot" in Japanese. :p

As for (what’s there of) Aso’s “English,” again;- embarrassing. If you can’t even manage to reach the full-stop, DON’T BOTHER.

I said this elsewhere on this site but here is what my former English teacher said:

“If you learn a new language late in your life, what counts is how solid you are in your mother tongue.”

This is ever-more true in this case.

As we all know, Aso’s Japanese isn’t that solid. Alas!

上記に追加。こっちに来る日本人に、「上手く英語を話せるようになるには、どうしたらいいんですか」と訊かれるたびに言うのだけれど、

一度口を開いたら、まる(句点ね)に到達するまで、何があっても絶対に止まらない事。Erとか、「エー」とか、ウダウダ挟むのも、しゃべりながら悩むのも、駄目。いっその事、フルセンテンスを頭の中で考えてから、しゃべればいい。

日本語で考えて頂ければ、ごく自然の事だとお分かり頂けると思うのだけれど、何か言うたびに、「えーと」、「うーんと」、「何ですか、そのぉ」ばっかり連呼して、まるまで行き着かないしゃべり方をされたら、イライラするでしょう?聞く気が失せるでしょう?同じ事です。

 

 


♪Let it snow!

先々週の日曜、イギリス中が雪だったらしい。しかも十数年振りの大雪。ロンドンも例外ではなく、バスは全路線運休、しかも5つだかあるロンドンの空港も閉鎖だったそうな。

降りだしたのは、先々週の日曜の夜。写真はその時の近所の様子。

Here are some photos from two Sundays ago when it snowed heavily in the whole of the U.K., and it was no exception here in London.

London snow as it was falling

London snow - the aftermath

London snow - white house, white roof

 

 

 

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