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July 20, 2005

Okayama Seniors Speaking English - Without Using English

The head of a clinic in Okayama City has published a book for seniors that enables them to speak "English" without even knowing their ABC's, according to The book, titled "Ima kara Osokunai, 80-sai no Eikaiwa" (It's Not Too Late, English Conversation for Over-80s), is written entirely in Japanese, with pronunciation approximating the English phrases. For example, "Good Morning" is written in a combination of kanji and hiragana, coming out as "Gu Mou-nin." The word "Welcome" is "Ueru-kamu" while "I introduce myself" is a stretch, but becomes "Ai Indo-no-Juusu Mai-Serifu." Clinic owner Tadashi Fujii has been teaching English conversation to visitors -- average age 83 and most of whom had never learned English -- since January 2003. The book is published by Bungeisha and sells for ¥1575.
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