What a insane title.
I had no other way to put it other than that so you can understand a general summarization of this crazy person.
This is a story of 1 year ago that I had just recently remembered and decided to talk about now.
((NOTE ABOUT RELIGION IN JAPAN))
Most people in Japan are atheist. Japan is a Buddhist society, with cultural customs based on Buddhism. However, as for actually believing in a heaven or god, they do not. Most of the people do nothing and believe nothing. Understand the world was created by evolution etc. blablabla. (btw I am also an atheist)
I once got offered a English babysitting position, as a private tutor for a young little boy.
The mother told me the little boy is named Micheal....
In Japan, Japanese people usually have Japanese names. I thought this kid was either a white kid, or a half Japanese kid. If you don't have a Japanese name in Japan I think all Japanese people will suddenly think the person is either a foreigner or a half Japanese kid.
Me and the people I was living with at the time (my ex family in law), all discussed the possibilities as to why this kid doesn't speak English or why his parent doesn't teach their own kid English (after all he has a English name). They also thought it was strange that he had an English name.
The day comes to meet them, I meet them in a Rich area of downtown at the station. To my surprise a woman and a little Japanese boy approach me.
I was a little surprised that the boy was full Japanese, not half, yet he has a English name....that is so strange in Japan (this kid must be bullied).
We walked towards their house and the mother kept talking to her son in English trying to get him to introduce himself, but he didn't talk. I guess he was shy. I didn't think anything strange of them at first.
When we got to her house I tried speaking to him in English but he didn't repsond at all. I thoght he must have just been a shy little boy til finnaly he yelled to his mom,
""母ちゃん意味が分からない"" Mom I can't understand!!!
She then said in Japanese to him, "It is time to learn English so go play with the new teacher".
It turns out. The kid doesn't even speak a word of English, AT ALL! . She explained to me what she is trying to teach him English but he doesn't understand it. She said she has had multiple English teachers for him, but he doesn't like learning English with them.
In her house she had a spare room used to teach English. She told me to go in there and play English games and basically do whatever as long as I was speaking English.
I tried. But really. Like I said, the kid doesn't understand English. I tried to play games with him and he just didn't understand what I was saying, nor did he look interested at all. He wante to play with me, but he wanted to play speaking Japanese. He really seemed like he hated English.
I understood that in the first 5 mins, She was forcing him to learn English, and he didn't want to (poor kid).
He would get so frustrated and he would get up crying and start saying to his mom in Japanese ""I hate English I just want to pay in Japanese"".
It was so awkward to me, I was left alone in a room while they fought for about a hour about him having to learn English.
After the lesson time was over we ate lunch. Again the mother was pressuring the boy to speak English words, he clearly had no idea what she was even telling him to do. He didn't understand anything except for the colours and numbers. Even with English colours and numbers it seemed as if he had just learnt them (even though he had been studying for 2 years).
This is a sign that someone just doesn't want to learn, Has no interest at all.
Before it was time to leave I asked the Mom,
""Was he born in America?""
""No he was born in Japan. Why?""
""Oh why is his name Micheal?""
""We are Christian""
""Micheal is a Christian name, what is your Christian name?""
I am sorry. I have nothing against someone who wants to believe a religion. Go ahead. But to name your child a English name because you think it is so special in your religion...is just strange. It is even more strange to do this in Japan. You might find it hard to believe if you come from a place like Canada; where any name is OK and if you have a strange name people might think it is cool.
In Japan, this kid is probably bullied. He is not a half Japanese, but every time someone hears his name they must ask him if he is a gaijin every time. It is so normal in Japan to want to fit in as much as you can. If he has such a non-Japanese name he must be bullied. My friends said it, and my friends parents all said it. When he gets older it will follow him everywhere he goes. He will be thought of as a half Japanese or a non-Japanese and when they find out he is Japanese, Alot of people might think its weird.
The next 3 lessons after that it was the same thing. The kid would tell me in Japanese ""I hate learning English but my mom makes me learn"". After that she stopped making me come there because she thought I was not a good teacher and went off to find another one (I was the 5th teacher she has had for him).
Dear parents: Don't force your kids to lean crap they don't want to learn. If people don't want to learn, they wont learn.