Essays on English in Japan

Native speaker check!

I can tell when the knock on my office door is not one of my regular students just by the sound. The knock will have a hesitant, unsure rhythm, followed by a long pause before the door opens quietly and I'll be asked to do something. Of the many requests from unknown students I receive after the door opens, most are reasonable and interesting, but the one I hate the most is: "Could you give this a native check?"

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Maru/Batsu

I am a bit nervous as I enter the huge auditorium filled with hundreds of students on their first day of university. As I walk down the stairs from the back, I sneak glances at all of them fiddling with their new information packets, checking their cellphones and sneaking glances back at me. I walk to the front of the room and sit in the first row with the rest of the teachers. Behind me I can hear the students nervously chatting, anxious for their new lives as university students to begin.
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「Essays on English in Japan」へ、ようこそ。名前のとおり、英語のエッセーについて日本で語ろうという場所です。このサイトは僕の著書『僕、ニッポンの味方です アメリカ人大学教授が見た「日本人の英語」』をきっかけに誕生しました。まだ始まったばかりですが、新しいエッセーを随時更新します。今のところ、掲載されているエッセーの大半は『僕、ニッポンの味方です』に収録されている日本語のエッセーの英文ですが、あらゆる話題の新しいエッセーを紹介していくのでお見逃しなく。あなたのお気に入りのサイトになりますように。読むことと考えることを楽しみましょう!

マイケル
2009年3月20日

Welcome to this site!

Welcome to Essays on English in Japan. This site is just what it says: essays about English in Japan. This website goes together with my book, 僕は、ニッポンの味方です! An Anti-Grammar Manifesto—The Other Side of English, released by Media Factory Publishers in March 2009. Though this website is just starting, it will have new essays all the time. For now, most of the essays are English versions of the Japanese essays in that book, but keep checking back to find new essays on all kinds of topics. Hope you like it! Happy reading and thinking!
 
Michael
March 20, 2009

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Michael is currently teaching at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, in the American Literature section of the English Department. More information in the About Me page.