Haruhi: “Now Teaching English to Students”


The newly revised edition of English textbook “World Trek English Communication I” (intended to teach English to Japanese students) will feature renowned KyoAni heroine Haruhi Suzumiya, bound to be regarded as an effective motivator for young anime fans whilst confusing those unfamiliar with the fictional girl.

The textbook will be available to first year Japanese students of the new school year starting April 1st and will boast a reading section based on the Haruhi series, however this 6-hour reading is slated for near the end of the school year and will likely serve as the most difficult content in the book.



While the concept of anime characters being used to teach students about important issues or to maintain their interest is nothing new, some are wondering if Haruhi’s popularity will be able to reach that of a certain famed English teacher

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:36 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It would be pretty neat if it were released online in some form. I could see it being used as a study aid for those learning japanese.

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    15:42 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Does the textbook use the same English translation as the Yen Press version or has it been simplified a bit for Japanese teens?

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    15:52 22/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Replying to myself, I'm looking at the Yen Press version and the textbook version seems to have used the Yen Press translation as a starting point but it's a bit more concise compared to the same paragraph in the image.

    Yen Press: "Apparently, it was decided at some point that the seating order was to be changed every month. Class President Ryoko Asakura went around with a cookie tin of quadruple-folded pieces of paper to be drawn. I drew a quite-excellent seat next to the window facing the courtyard, second from the back of the room. And as for the person in the seat behind me, I don't know how it happened, but Haruhi Suzumiya sat behind me looking like she was suffering a cavity."

    There are a number of differences, most notably how the paragraph in the textbook omits mention of Ryoko Asakura, almost like she's been erased before she even gets erased by Nagato.

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    16:03 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    " the textbook version seems to have used the Yen Press translation as a starting point but it's a bit more concise compared to the same paragraph in the image."

    Sorry, I meant to say that the textbook version in the image is a bit more concise compared to the same paragraph in the Yen Press version.

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    Comment by loplop
    23:18 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If they use Haruhisky's artwork, they might be on to something . . .

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kyonko is better

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    Comment by No Name
    14:18 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >April 1st

    I smell a fools joke incoming.

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    04:12 24/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan doesn't really do April Fool's Day to the same extent as the English-speaking world.

    It's being printed in April because that's the beginning of the school year in Japan.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    04:04 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have they still not figured out, that you cannot learn a language through a book?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 26/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's for beginners. Not meant to make you a master at the language.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:16 27/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't really change anything. You can learn any language you wish in 6 months (with an hour per day investment) if you do it right and using language books is doing it wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:12 22/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    re the illo:

    "Sensei, please bend over so we can better understand the use of the colon in English!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish they had this but with Bill O'Reilly as the guide

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 23/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I agree, he's an old white dude with zero relations to the Japanese aside from that one book.

    He wouldn't increase appeal to learn

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