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.

4 comments:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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

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

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