One TV show I like a lot is Eigo de Shabera Night, an educational variety show put on by NHK which helps Japanese viewers who are studying English succeed at mastering the language. The Japanese, of course, have a difficult time learning English, and despite studying for six years (or up to ten if they take it in university), most don’t really get the hang of it. The Eigo de Shabera Night show helps motivate viewers by showing Japanese ESL learners doing things like interviewing famous Hollywood stars or working in international settings. I recently appeared on the show, and was seen having a meeting with the man in charge of those cool Otona no Kagaku science kits, who speaks very good English, and most importantly isn’t afraid to open his mouth and communicate even though he might make some errors here and there. During the taping, I was interviewed by the NHK staff about how I learned Japanese, and was able to talk about a lot of the things I often blog about on J-List.
This gaijin is Patrick Harlan. He wants to teach you English.