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We at are celebrating 2010 as a year of English as a language without borders. We are interested in how English is used and adapted in different countries all around the world; how different languages and cultures uniquely influence English so that it no longer belongs to ‘native English language speakers’ but to the world as a lingua franca.

We are aware that March is a month for festivities in Japan because of the Vernal Equinox, and we thought that this would be a great time to focus exclusively on Japan and English as it is spoken in Japan.

In March we want to add words to our Open Dictionary that have come to English from Japan, or English words that you have invented in Japan or use in Japan and are not used anywhere else.

We would be delighted if you could contribute to our blog with your ideas, thoughts, and comments of the way English is spoken in Japan with us.  I’m sure you have a funny story to tell connected to the English you heard being used by the Japanese!

We would really appreciate if you could send us a post to publish or comment on the ones that will appear in March at where we will have Japanese guest bloggers posting throughout the month.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Barbara Kulaga
International Marketing
Macmillan Education
Between Towns Road
OX4  3PP
Tel: 0044 1865 405 847
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