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“Man-to-Man” versus “One-to-One” or “マンツーマン” VS ”一対一”

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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