Saturday, January 21, 2017

English - Just for Me

I live in a small-ish town.  Most of the foreigners I've met or seen are from other Asian countries, and I've not met another native English speaker here.  I know one French woman, married to a Japanese man, who speaks French, Japanese, and English.  I know a few Japanese people who speak English fairly well, but still don't understand word plays or idioms.   I love both word play and idioms!  My upper level students find idioms very difficult, and when I think about it, they are.

One day I was in the mall and saw these wall murals in Baskin Robbins, or as it is known here - 31. I had to take photos!  

Variety is the spice of life

Wear your Sunday best

Seize the day

The ice cream clerk asked what I was doing.  She didn't speak English and didn't know the Japanese translation for the phrases. I tried to explain the simple translation, but she didn't understand so I didn't try to tell her the play on words.  I've concluded these signs were made for me - who else here understands them?  I've never bought ice cream here before, but maybe I will.  After all, they do have English signs for me.


Anonymous said...

Hi Pamela ,lol,i know what you mean ,i went to Thailand and it was difficult trying to explain what i wanted to tell them and the same for them they had no idea what i was talking about,lol.

Queeniepatch said...

Is this part of Baskin Robbins' global decoration for their shops?
Yes, play on words and idioms is only fun if you understand them. When I was newly arrived in Japan, children, and adults, would tease me with Japanese puns.

kiwikid said...

Great signs, love play on words like that. And yes they must be just for you!!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Common idioms are such an Unwitting part of our vocabulary.
Hope you are feeling better and healing well.
xx, Carol