【Nic先生の英語ブログを読もう!】Our Japanese house guests! Have you ever had a ‘full house’?

Hey there reader!

Thanks again for reading our humble Fruitful English blog, where you get some insight into the minds and courses and of instructors here at FE.

If you’ve been following along with my exploits online, you probably remember that I had visitors last month. My family came and visited me in Japan for the first time in a long time, as COVID-19 entry restrictions have been relaxed.

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It was great showing them around ‘my neck of the woods’, as we say. If you’re not familiar with this phrase, ‘one’s neck of the woods’, means ‘one’s neighbourhood’, or where someone lives. It’s where they’re familiar with!

For example,

 This is one of the best restaurants in my neck of the woods. I’ll take you some time.



I went back to Vancouver for Christmas, which is always nice. But, it was nice giving something back to my parents, and being the host, for once!

This was one of the first times I really felt like I was ‘hosting’ my family, because they all stayed in my house. In addition, they were relatively dependant on me. Though they had travelled to Japan before, it had been a while. So, they were a bit lost when it came to the language, as nothing here is offered in English.

To be honest, they struggled a lot! Luckily, I was able to translate most of the menus (when I wasn’t too annoyed!), and they also were able to use translation apps on their phone to do rough work.


As a spoiler, the translation apps were pretty terrible. They would give a rough idea for some things, but they often completely failed in other cases.

In addition, there was surprising variation between the translations offered by the different apps.

I won’t name names, but a certain colourful tech giant definitely outperformed a certain other fruity tech giant.


So, all in all, it was a successful trip. But, I want to pose a question to end this blog off.

Have you ever had long-term visitors to your house? In particular, was the visit crowded?

For example, we had 5 people living here in my relatively small Japanese house, so it made for, how should I say, intimate quarters! Of course, tempers flared a few times, but we avoided any major fires. I was surprised at my family’s relative lack of acceptance of my ‘house rules’ though, so please answer my question.

If you have had visitors, what did you think of their visit? Were they respectful of your house?


I’ve already written too much, so take care, and the next time you hear from me, I’ll have finished my Yakushima Boot Camp!

I’ll have a full report on my Fruitful English Yakushima Boot Camp next month!

See next time!



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日本の小中学校で英語を教えるALT講師Nic先生は非常にユーモラスな先生です。台湾でも英語を教えていました。どこでも適応できるのがNic先生が自慢ができること。「肉先生」と読んで欲しいとたまに呼びかけられるかもしれません。こんなコミカルで愉快なNic先生から楽しく英語指導を受けませんか? 座右の名"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for."