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Hello everyone!  How’s it going?

Today is the most exciting day of my life.  Why?  Because Speak Up is now open for business and  I have to say it’s great to be teaching again.  I’ve missed it so much!

I really hope you can come and see the place.  I really feel we can offer you the best possible place to build your skill and help you to “speak up”!  We have an amazing free library of books for you to read, a warm, friendly atmosphere and of course, I’m here to help you reach your goals.

 

Book a free trial lesson and see why Speak Up is the best new English  school in Japan.   We are waiting to hear from you!

Unfortunately for an English school like Speak Up, there are times where Japanese English really makes trouble for us.  One of these times is when I have to describe our school.  Here’s something I heard a few days ago:

Oh, so your school does マンツーマン (man-to-man) lessons?  I really love マンツーマン classes because I can study exactly what I want to study.

The phrase “man-to-man” is so common here in Japan, but unfortunately it’s not correct English.  Do you know what the problem is?  Any ideas?  Well, there are a couple of points to consider:

 

Problem One

Is every student a man?  Is every teacher a man?  Of course not!  A lot of my students are female, so I feel strange every time I sit down for a “man-to-man” lesson.

Woman-to-woman?

Woman-to-woman? Not man-to-man!

Problem Two

If you ask a native speaker what they think of when they hear “man-to-man”, they won’t think of studying a language with a private teacher or tutor.  No, they’ll think of being forthright ( 率直) in a conversation, or perhaps even this:

マンツーマンボクシング!

 

So, to fix this incorrect English, the next time you want to tell them about Speak Up, tell them it’s a “one-to-one” language school.  Maybe if enough people stop saying “man-to-man”, I can stop writing it on my business card.  See you next time!

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