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Helene



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:32 am    Post subject: WHO speaks English ? Reply with quote Back to top

Just curious :

Can the boys of TOKIO and SMAP and others speak and understand the English language ?

have a nice day !
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:40 am    Post subject: Re: WHO speaks English ? Reply with quote Back to top

Helene wrote:
Just curious :

Can the boys of TOKIO and SMAP and others speak and understand the English language ?

have a nice day !


I'm not sure about Tokio. Some of the Smap boys can do minimal English.

Nakai - He might say random bits, he can't really understand it. He usually says that he can't do English at all...so he doesn't front hehe

Goro - Not at all, it seems hehe

Kimura - Some, probably the most of the 5. Not really bad at all, I give him credit, especially since he doesn't seem to be actively working on English nowadays! Big Grin

Tsuyoshi - Not much, probably Nakai's level hehe His main forte is Korean Wink

Shingo - Hehehehe, while doing English on SmaStation every week, he's working on it. I think he understands more than he can speak. His "Engrish" is very cute hehe I think Smap's schedule prevents him from really excelling much, but he's definitely improved since he first started. I think Kimura's English is a bit better than Shingo's though.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Three weeks ago, Cameron Diaz was guest at Smap x Smap and the guy who greets the guests and talks to them while the others are cooking said he doesn't speak any english. Shingo spoke with Cameron in English, and while they were cooking , Cameron Diaz talked with this one guy who isn't cooking about sushi, and Kimutaku even understood her while cooking and asked "what, you don't like sushi?"
The other two didn't speak english with her, so no idea about them.
Don't know about Tokio either.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Laika wrote:
Three weeks ago, Cameron Diaz was guest at Smap x Smap and the guy who greets the guests and talks to them while the others are cooking said he doesn't speak any english. Shingo spoke with Cameron in English, and while they were cooking , Cameron Diaz talked with this one guy who isn't cooking about sushi, and Kimutaku even understood her while cooking and asked "what, you don't like sushi?"
The other two didn't speak english with her, so no idea about them.
Don't know about Tokio either.


Yep, the greeter is Nakai. He doesn't claim to speak any English. But he occasionally will come out with some stuff if there's an English speaker. I remember when they did Bistro Smap at Whoopi Goldberg's house hehe

That was a GREAT episode Mr Green Shingo only spoke in English with Cameron at that one part. Most of her responses, he waited for the translator. He still spoke Japanese the rest of the time, LOL. The "I'm not gay. Welcome to Japan!" was THE BEST PART rofl

Goro didn't try, and I've never heard English from him before, so I assume he knows none. Tsuyoshi doesn't claim to know any, and he did say things in Engrish in that episode, such as "Look me!" "Catch please!" and "Nice taste!" hehe That ep was so cute Lovey Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

A better question would be outside of TOKIO and SMAP, what artistes speak English with any fluency?? Big Grin
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

KouSeiya315 wrote:


The "I'm not gay. Welcome to Japan!" was THE BEST PART rofl


I know, that was awesome. He was really cute while he talked in english with her. I loved the episode too ^_^

I'm usually never watching Smap x Smap, but Nakai was like "I absolutely don't speak english" to Cameron, and when she was trying the fruit cream (or whatever) and said "that's the BEST!" to him, he was like ?_?, so I thought he really speaks no english at all. But as I said , I don't watch this show usually, so you know better. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

KouSeiya315 wrote:

The "I'm not gay. Welcome to Japan!" was THE BEST PART rofl


I liked that part too Big Grin

and I think Shingo is the one who is considered to be the best in english of the SMAP guys.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

well shingo would be the obvious choice,he does have a book that should supposedly help you to study english Mr Green
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

bmwracer wrote:
A better question would be outside of TOKIO and SMAP, what artistes speak English with any fluency?? Big Grin


Melody does! She's an american born japanese from LA I believe. Very nice R&B music. Although I can easily tell that her Japanese has an accent to it. Nonetheless, she is very pretty hehe
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

bmwracer wrote:
A better question would be outside of TOKIO and SMAP, what artistes speak English with any fluency?? Big Grin


Odagiri Joe, he went to study in the US, Manabu Oshio he spent some of his childhood's life in the US too, Kato Masaya..hmm..He lives in the US now. Hiroyuki Sanada's English is also quite good and I think Watanabe Ken's English has improved now ever since the Last Samurai.

Within the Johnny's Jr..Jimmy Mackey (he's half American), YamaP's english is not bad (I've heard him spoke in English).
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

What about the ladies?????




Beastie Boys: "Hey Ladies!!!!!!" hehe hehe
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

bmwracer wrote:
What about the ladies?????




Beastie Boys: "Hey Ladies!!!!!!" hehe hehe


Of course Utada Hikaru!! how could you miss it?! hehehe..
and then Fujiwara Norika, she's been brushing up her English right? So I think she can speak quite ok.
Since I'm not into ladies..my knowledge is very limited hehe Beaten
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Akakage wrote:
Of course Utada Hikaru!! how could you miss it?! hehehe..

The name doesn't ring a bell.

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and then Fujiwara Norika, she's been brushing up her English right? So I think she can speak quite ok.

That's one, er, two.

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Since I'm not into ladies..my knowledge is very limited hehe Beaten

Ahh, phooey. Grumble
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

How's Ryoko-chan's English?

I know one of the announcers from Fuji could speak very good English because she lived in America for awhile. Her last name was Kisa. Can't remember the rest of her name. Sorry! Sweat
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Rinrin wrote:
How's Ryoko-chan's English?

I know one of the announcers from Fuji could speak very good English because she lived in America for awhile. Her last name was Kisa. Can't remember the rest of her name. Sorry! Sweat


we don't really pay attention to the women do we? hehe
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Akakage wrote:


we don't really pay attention to the women do we? hehe


Yeah! That's why I can't remember the rest of her name! hehe
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Heheh..Hell yeah..who cares about the woman.. hehe


Oopss..just remember another name..Yutaka Takenouchi, he speaks pretty good English as I recall. See, I can only come out with the Guys!!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Aka came up with Joe already!! Grumble but that shows how much attention he gets! hehe

well...have not seen that episode of SxS, but Shingo's English is getting worse...will say that he's not as diligent as Tsuyoshi when it comes to a foreign language! Naughty

didn't know that Takenouchi speaks English too...have you heard him? will sure like to hear him! w00t!

how about Ken Hirai? he was one of the few that came to mind as i read the first post of this thread
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

SAKURAI SHO..!! he can speak english.. not really great, but good enough.. ^^

for the ladies, kikukawa rei as well.. what'd you expect from a todai graduate? hehe
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Actually, SMAP's Goro has spoken English. Earlier this year, he started in a detective series that took place between fictional Japanese and American characters. In which, he spoke English for a large majority of his lines. However, it was clear that he had little idea what he was saying, and there wasn't much training that went into it because the drama wasn't as monumental as say, The Last Samurai in which Watanabe had a personal trainer that worked with him.

Also, Takenouchi Yutaka's English is not that impressive...I heard him speak some English on his new English program, and he sounds programmed. Still, this is partly due to the fact that actors do not have the time to study English in depth, or they have no reason to study it.

As far as other English-speakers that rock socks, there's the guy that starred in "Friends," with Fukada Kyoko and WonBin, as well as the morning drama, "Sakura"--Ozawa Yukiyoshi. His English is pretty darn good. His co-star and main lead in "Sakura," Takano Shiho has an extremely good command of the English language. She played a third-generation Japanese living in Hawai'i who goes to Japan to learn more about her roots while teaching an English course at a boys' high school. Takano Shiho also studied abroad as a young girl in England, her interest at that time, however, was ballet.
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