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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What's your favorite word and why?


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Sarah Bull, 32
Translator (Australian)
My favorite word is "enthusiasm" because I like it when people enjoy what they are doing and show it; otherwise it's really boring.



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Yuji Asazuma
Beer salesman, 39
I like to drink and have fun, so my favorite word is "beer." My firm imports beers from all over the world. I want to introduce new types of beer to Japanese society.

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Hitomi Kuwae
Engineer, 32
I like "kinkonichiban" because it's a positive word, which means "to gird oneself." Hearing it makes me feel free and gives me courage to try new things.



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Masafumi Ochiai
Pharmacist, 38
I like the word "enjoy." Many Japanese people work too hard. Work's important, but it's just as important to enjoy your life and spend time with your family.

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Nozomi Kubo
Office worker, 23
"Kibo" has the same meaning as my name, Nozomi, which translates as "hope" or "wish." This is a very positive word and gives me great power.



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Gary Raisanen
Teacher, 43 (Canadian)
"Shoganai," because when something happens that's beyond our control, it's easier to say "it can't be helped" than to get angry or complain about it.



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