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June 22, 2006 2:04 PM   Subscribe

"Spare me my life!" In the innocuous early '90's, Fuji TV came up with Zuiikin English, a television program which combined quirky language lessons with bradykinetic exercise. Was Zuiikin English ahead of its time? Or is it merely enjoyable bunk? (More here and here.)
posted by ed (16 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I was subjected to this before caffeine this morning. I don't have a point. I just wanted to complain some more about seeing this while not fully awake.
posted by crataegus at 2:10 PM on June 22, 2006

How dare you say such a thing to me!
posted by sdrawkcab at 2:28 PM on June 22, 2006

There are pivotal phrases here to learn, sdrawkcab. In the interest of multicultural advancement, I urge you to reconsider!
posted by ed at 3:00 PM on June 22, 2006

Catchy song. Strange phrases. Sounds like they expect something bad to happen anytime they might need to speak English.
posted by rollbiz at 3:06 PM on June 22, 2006

the culture gap makes my brain hurt.
posted by gnutron at 3:07 PM on June 22, 2006

Now cycling endlessly through my brain is the chant:

Take—Anything—You Want!

Take—Anything—You Want!

Take—Anything—You Want!
posted by Turtles all the way down at 3:35 PM on June 22, 2006

Youtube with extra context. I jest. As the broadband gets broader we all become smaller. Or whatever. Weirdly memorable.
posted by econous at 3:45 PM on June 22, 2006

saw this about a week ago. The whole "traveling abroad" segment wasn't uploaded by then... so, thanks!
posted by thanatogenous at 3:46 PM on June 22, 2006

Weirdly ominous...
posted by mr_roboto at 4:12 PM on June 22, 2006

Hai was erobbede bai thoo men.
posted by pmbuko at 4:13 PM on June 22, 2006

The first time I saw this I thought it was some kind of weird art like the poodle aerobics girl.
posted by pg at 4:54 PM on June 22, 2006

Television in Japan is far, far more creative and amusing than back in North America. Hell, even the commercials are of better quality.
posted by nightchrome at 5:28 PM on June 22, 2006

Is this a good time for that pic of the Japanese girl getting punched?
posted by emelenjr at 6:18 PM on June 22, 2006

Now what I want, on terrestrial TV in the US, are shows like this to teach me foreign languages.
posted by Hal Mumkin at 7:16 PM on June 22, 2006

The shows on tv here in Japan for teaching foreigners Japanese are absolutely ridiculous. There's one that was on for awhile where they have a bunch of Japanese-fluent actors who pretend to not know Japanese and be students, and it is so obviously fake and scripted it's really silly to watch. They're just way over the top.
posted by nightchrome at 7:20 PM on June 22, 2006

Are we sure this wasn't taken from Tom Goes to the Mayor?
posted by Citizen Premier at 12:37 AM on June 23, 2006

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