Essential English…

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English not your first language? Why not learn the all the essential phrases you will need on your trip to Britain courtesty of Japanese TV!

I stumbled over these videos a while back (courtesy of a friend of mine), and remember thinking at the time that it isn’t often that you come across something that is practical, fun, catchy, and that you can incorporate into your keep fit routine.  

Sadly, since then, many of these videos have been removed from YouTube due to copyright reasons, but I managed to find two classics, which feature essential key phrases such as:

  • Spare Me My Life
  • Lets Go Dutch
  • I have a bad case of diarrhea
  • I was Robbed by Two Men

Full details below (you will never get the tune out of your head)

Lesson #1:  I have a Bad Case of Diarrhea


Lesson #2: Is the Taxi on its Way?


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  1. Lores… am I slow?

    What is the purpose of these vids…. were they training vids for travellers?

    Is the aerobic team simply presenting through repetition so the listeners can learn?

    Interesting phrases to focus on. I wouldnt be sharing with too many strangers that the source of my abdominal pain was a bad case of diarhea!


    August 3, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    • Hi Chaz,

      These are serious videos to teach Japanese people essential English phrases for when they travel to the UK / US / Canada etc.

      For some reason, they think that aerobics help you remember these key phrases.

      They are just bizarre aren’t they!!




      August 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

  2. Fantastic. I teach English to small French children (I clearly did something awful in a previous life) and shall be adopting something similar for them from September.

    Jon in France

    August 4, 2009 at 9:11 am

    • Yes I think you definitely should! Where can you possibly go wrong with aerobics and a repetitive tune to really drum home those well used English phrases such as ‘I have a Bad Case of Diarrhea’? (Leotards optional)


      August 4, 2009 at 9:14 am

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