This Is The Reason Why I Have Been Learning Conversational English Part 2

Hello there! How have you been so far? Since here is still really muggy, I am super lazy to do something. I do apologize for the delay.

Today I want to write about something English. A couple of days ago, I finished the Trevor Noah’s book in English. He is a comedian from South Africa and now lives in the States. He is very popular in the States. Since my American friend likes him, while staying at her house, I had seen him a lot on his TV show. Most of the time, understanding jokes in English is tough for me because jokes always relate to their culture references. If you don’t understand the culture, even though you understand what people are talking about, you never ever get why it’s funny.

If you are interested in different culture, I high recommend reading his book. You can figure out there are so many different worlds, society or culture in this world.


Anyway, I bought the e- book for one dollar at Amazon Japan. I figured out it was a bargain. I love reading any kinds of books in English to improve my reading skills. For some reason, Amazon sometimes makes products’ prices down. I was lucky to find the deal  then. Now, it costs around 7 dollars at Amazon Japan. We have the Japanese translation version of his book as well. It costs around 20 dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just don’t understand why it’s so expensive. The book was really good indeed. I enjoyed reading it and it has become one of my favorites. However, Trevor Noah is not popular in Japan AT ALL. How many people know who he is in Japan? Probably the majority of us don’t know him. I am sure nether my husband nor my daughter know of him. If my American friend didn’t introduce him to me, I also wouldn’t know of him at all. I understand it costs to translate into Japanese, but it’s too expensive! E ridicolo!

Now, I am reading Kain and Abel by Jeffery Archer from England in English, and I really really love his books as well. He has become one of my favorite authors to read something in English. I can say the same thing in his book. I bought the Kain and Abel e-book for one dollar at Amazon Japan. Then, I found out it normally costs for 10 dollars. Then, Japanese translation version costs 20 dollars because Japanese version has two separate books for one book. Each book costs 10 dollars.

If you love 20’s culture, I recommend his book as well. Somehow, this book reminds me of Frank Sinatra and his songs. I love people who have strong wills or ambitions and make their dreams come true! This is a someone’s success story that you really can enjoy reading.


If I didn’t handle English. I would have to spent more money to read their books of the Japanese versions. My other favorite British author Ken Follet’s books are the same. I didn’t notice the fact until now. I guess I can say the same thing to buy DVDs at Japanese Amazon. It’s always more expensive to buy DVDs with Japanese subtitles or dubs. So, I always buy import versions that don’t have Japanese subs or dubs at all. They are really cheap.

I can say that when we read original books in English, it’s fun and when we see original movies in English, It’s much fun because we can hear original actors voices! It’s much better than hearing Japanese dubs.

I do want to keep learning conversational English because I can take advantages from these facts!

Thanks for reading my blog post and I will post in two weeks again!




6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. panamayuck
    Aug 30, 2018 @ 10:19:20

    I think you make a great point. Learning a new language is more than just understanding what words mean and saying them. It goes much deeper than that. It’s about understanding all parts of culture and people.


  2. Thomas
    Aug 30, 2018 @ 15:26:06

    I enjoyed your article. Learning about new cultures is always fun. I want to see the world someday.


    • yumi
      Aug 31, 2018 @ 10:53:59

      Hi, Tomas!

      Thank you for visiting my blog!!! I agree that learning different culture is always fun! It’s always open our horizons! I hope you can visit the places where you have been learning their languages some time!


  3. Helga Jaermann
    Aug 30, 2018 @ 19:06:00

    Your right Yumi it is difficult to understand comedian from a other country, I still have problems to understand all jok’s from Switzerland 😜😜😜


    • yumi
      Aug 31, 2018 @ 10:52:21

      Hi, Helga!

      Thank you as always for visiting my blog! It’s very interesting that you are a German fluent, but you are not from Switzerland. Then, you have some problems to understand Swiss jokes! Thanks for sharing!


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