‘Japanese isn’t English’

Why is it that many people in Japan find it difficult to listen to and speak English?  In this documentary, Sean Mahoney, who has been teaching English at Fukushima University since 1997, and Carolyn Biggs, who taught English for three years, discuss issues making the teaching of English in Japan rather problematic. These issues include ‘katakana’ and ‘romaji’.

This is a sequel to Teaching English in Japan – Carolyn Biggs


Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Directed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
15 minutes
In English
© Japan Desk Scotland 2016


This is a part of Documentary Films Production.

This has been shown on:

(1) Saturday 12 November 2016 at the Japanese Class, Glasgow, Scotland;

(2) Monday 13 February 2017 at the Japanese Class, Daiwa Sports, Wishow, North Lanarkshire, Scotland;

(3) Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 April 2017 at Department of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, for the second-year master’s students (Monday 3rd), the first-year and the third-year students on Tuesday 4th and the second-year students on Wednesday 5th; and

(4) on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2016/17.