Unnatural English Expressions

Name: M.K


Event Date: December 12, 2019

Time: 13:00-13:30


Write a summary of your Event (100 words or more)

The topic I chose for this event was Unnatural English Expressions. We are often influenced by Japanese and translate directly from Japanese into English (called interlingual transfer error) and sometimes things sound weird to native speakers. Some expressions sound impolite or could create misunderstandings. There are some Japanese expressions that cannot translate into English. In these cases, instead of translating, you should find another way of saying that expression. The point is that English and Japanese are very different languages. It’s important to grasp the concept of English words. In order to do that, I would like to recommend that students be exposed to natural English.


What do you want your audience to gain from your Event (50 words or more)

I want students to learn something new. However, I don’t want to give them a bad impression of English so that they don’t want to learn it. As I talk about these errors, I also want to give clear solutions such as the importance being of exposed to native English or reading books while referring to English-English dictionaries, etc.


What do you want to gain from doing your Event? (50 words or more)

As presenter of this topic, I want to learn about not just the examples I put in my presentation, but also other examples so that I can become an expert on this topic. Through preparation and practice, I want to acquire the skills for making an easy to understand presentation. I hope this lecture will serve as such practice and lead to self-improvement.


List 5 key vocabulary words (or phrases) that you plan on using during your Event to help students understand the content/main message of your presentation/activity. Be sure to introduce these words sometime at the beginning of your Event.

1. make sense しっくりくる

2. grasp 把握する

3. hesitate 躊躇する

4. weird 変な