More funny English

On hand wipes and elevators, funny English is everywhere. For the English speaker Japan's a fun place to be, for the English grammar teacher.... hard work probably.

▼Back escalators are always convenient for it.

▼'Look here' seemed to simple.

▼Why bother spelling our character, if chara will be understood!

▼A cafe with a teria attached to it is so much better than a regular
cafeteria, or a simple cafe.

▼The regular customers to this desert shop probably aren't so keenly
aware of the 'new lactobacillus'.


# by engcafe | 2009-02-10 08:53 | Let's talk!  

Funny English.

You see it almost everywhere. For the tourist Japan is a constantly entertaining place.










# by engcafe | 2009-01-11 11:19 | Let's talk!  

solace, comfort, and console



# by engcafe | 2009-01-11 10:59 | Let's talk!  

American English Q&A...

We received this question from one of our guests. So we asked a couple of Yanks. The answers are fun(!)

QUESTION the way, I have a question. Do you say you watch a “baseball match” or “baseball game” or “ball game” on TV? Which is the latest expression ? I mean how would people usually say it today ? What is the most popular way of saying it. Oshiete kudasai. Thank you..


  ●From an American lady:-

Its 'watch a baseball game'. 'match' is only used for tennis,
boxing and wrestling; and 'ball game' is what old men say.

  ●From an American guy:-

'ball game' or 'baseball game' - both fine

'baseball match'? only some british idiot would say something like that.
of course i can't say much because americans tend to say soccer game

# by engcafe | 2008-11-30 12:29 | Let's talk!  

Let’s focus on one word...

Endeavour (British English)
   Endeavor (American English)

attempt, effort, try
A challenging business. A difficult new activity. a purposeful or important undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness); "he had doubts about the holeendeavor", “it was a great endeavour”

try, challenge, strive attempt by using effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy", “yes I will endeavour to”, “we will make every endeavor to”

b0145181_8513545.jpgThis word has special meaning for New Zealanders as it was the name of Captain Cook’s ship on which for England he discovered New Zealand. This ship even appears on our 50c coin, so any school kid is aware even a little of our maritime legacy. The Maori were first in their canoes, Chinese b0145181_8515669.jpgwere next, the Dutch were the first Europeans and then Captain James Cook famously sailed around the whole two islands mapping the coast lines. His map is known to have three major mistakes, all with the South Island.

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A View of the Endeavour River, on the coast of New Holland (Australia), where the ship was laid on shore, in order to repair the damage which she received on the Great Barrier Reef. It delayed the expedition seven weeks.


Cook spent 12 years at sea on three famous voyages indicated below in order of red green and blue. After his assassination in Hawaii the crew went home... it took quite a while. What a legacy he left. Cook endeavoured to travel further than any man.
What do you think? Did he live a good life?



# by engcafe | 2008-11-14 09:00 | Let's talk!