Enthusiasm is more important than perfect grammar

Many of my students are still under 20, the legal drinking age in Japan, but many of you are turning 20 this year. How about in your major language country, or the country you’ve visited? In the US, the legal drinking age is now 21 in all states, though it used to be different state-by-state.

I was thinking about this today because I discovered a new website devoted to Japanese sake. It’s called Sake Times, and it appears to be a new site.

I see some flaws (like the misspelling of the word “marriage” and some of the grammar in the headlines and short articles is a bit unnatural), but they look very motivated to introduce the pleasures of Japanese sake to the world, using English — and lots of great photos — as a tool.

They’re not afraid to publish a site that has some English errors because they’re so enthusiastic about their topic. It’s inspiring! (But I think I would suggest to them to hire a better editor. Any of you students want a job?)

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