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April 04, 2005

English as Dream Fulfillment?

A recent ad for English language school Gaba featured a list of responses from Japanese people to complete the sentence, "If I could speak English, I would..." The Neomarxisme blog posted about the ad last month, with translations. Example responses include:
"I would lecture the loud foreigners on the train."
"I would become a wife of a foreigner and raise kids in California."
"In the future, I would want to not be isolated from my friends in the Space Station."
"I would open a shiatsu massage parlor in Hollywood for celebrities."
The post spawned a lengthy discussion on cultural and linguistic imperialism, postmodernism in Japan and the question of whether Japanese people really hate English.
English, Pt. III

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