Why You Should Embrace Your Accent


There’s a sad lie going around in this world that only some accents are worthy of the top. Everything else needs to be hidden, padded down, and cleaned up to sound more “presentable” to the outside world. When I first started learning Japanese, I really, really tried to hide my American accent as much as possible. I wanted to sound like a native so badly, but do you know what?

Native speakers are totally overrated.

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Teaching YOUR OWN Kids English in Japan


I love how when I meet new people in Japan many of them love to say, “Oh wow, you’re kids have it so lucky; they’re gonna grow up speaking English.” As if teaching children a second language was as obvious as learning to walk. It’s not that simple, people. Continue reading