Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today I’d like to talk about a mistake that is very common in Japan – that is writing the letter t incorrectly. This might be something that only happens in Japan, I’m not sure. But I’m going to talk about it anyway, because it’s one of my pet peeves.
The letter t, as you probably know, has two strokes – a vertical line and a horizontal line.
And the correct way of writing the letter t is like this: you write the vertical line first, down, and then the horizontal line, across. But I have seen hundreds of people in Japan write it the opposite way, which is wrong.
Now, some people might say, ah, who cares, it doesn’t really matter, does it? Well, maybe it’s not as important as communication, blah, blah, blah … but I still find it irritating. Partly because I think, look, I have spent countless hours and been responsible for the deaths of many trees, trying to learn how to write the thousands of letters from the Japanese alphabets. The least you can do is learn to write 26 letters, that don’t even have many strokes. Usually only one, or two … not like some of the ridiculous kanji that have about 50 stokes.
So that’s today’s lesson, the letter t. Down, across.
Today I recommend this page.
It’s a page of hangman games. This is a fun way to study and the games are well organized into categories, like fruit and body parts which are good for beginners – and there are games under the difficult level too – which says for native speakers. But if you’re studying English, you can try those too if you feel like a challenge.
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I started doing weight training at the gym recently
So what’s been happening? Have you had a good summer?
Yeah, not too bad. Just been working really. Not much else. How about you?
ぼちぼち。 仕事してるだけかな。 他にあまり遊んでない。 お前は？
Yeah, same, just work, pretty much. And I started doing weight training at the gym recently.
Oh yeah? For rehabilitation?
Yeah, to fix my knee. And because I need something to do before I can do sports again.
Do you like lifting weights?
Yeah, it’s alright. I kind of enjoy it. But I prefer doing strength training through sports.
Why is that?
Because it’s more fun and you feel like you’re achieving something – you’re not just lifting up some metal and putting it down again.
But what are you achieving by playing sport?
Well, like if you’re practicing kata in karate, then you’re learning some kata – which is interesting and fun - and at the same time you’re strengthening your muscles.
例えば空手の型を練習したら型を習うことが出来る。 それは面白いし楽しい。 それと同時に筋力トレーニングにもなる。
The letter t is written: down, then across. But don't just take my word for it, check out
"Spinner the Writing Spider" writing the letter t:
Spinner is so cute!
Hangman is a good game for studying English:
Sarah and knf (a native Japanese speaker) play a game of hangman offline. As you can see it's good for learning spelling. I'm sure knf will remember how to spell that word now. I cut the last part off because I was just laughing and he never did work out how to spell it :)
Show 828 Wednesday 17 September
The Daily English Show