Engrish in Japan
Yes, you read the title correctly, Engrish. It is a term used in Japan which refers to how the Japanese use English incorrectly pertaining to pronunciation and grammar.
I was completely shocked by how poor the grammar and spelling was in major magazines, on t-shirts, and in various texts. I thought, jeez does anyone spell check or ask a native speaker? Well that was their business I thought, that was until I had to start thinking about my little one starting school.
Asia has the worst reputation for English language skill in the world. I was not new to this fact, but what to do now that I have to throw my child into their school system.
Engrish in the School System
As I go around town, there are tons of English language schools for children. My husband tells me that this generation of parents are determined to have their children speak English fluently. However, the problem remains the same, few native speakers are teaching English. I have heard from some native speakers that they have been forced to use the “Japanese” pronunciation of English in their teachings, so what to do?
I am a native English speaker and I definitely cannot have my child learning to say Apperu instead of Apple!
I am looking for suggestions on this one. Seriously. My son starts preschool in April and it seems like an arduous task to have to unteach Engrish once he gets home.
What would you do?