What Good is a Liver Anyhow?

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When a human consumes alcohol it gets processed by the body. Aldehydes are the primary by-product of this activity. Unfortunately many asians are lacking the enzyme necessary to process the poisoning from aldehydes. Regardless, drinking is an embraced social practice here.

Owners of drinking establishments seem to quickly identify that combining the desire to learn English and the desire to drink is a great money-making venture. My colleague enjoyed one class where he would; go to a bar; teach a class; eat a meal; and drink to his heart’s content. The class didn’t pay so well, but the meal and drinks were free. Overall, it was a good deal. However, we decided that having this kind of class five days a week would result in liver failure.

Tonight I went to a friend’s pub and was having a little to drink. The other customer was a teacher of ikebana (生け花), or Japanese flower arrangement. His works showed great taste.

After I was there for awhile, a woman showed up. She is the proprietor of another bar under a hotel. She wants me to join her establishment; dining there and teaching English to her and her workers. It sounds like fun. After my friend’s bar closed, she took both of us to a late night pub, where we ate delicious food and had more drinks.

It was an enjoyable evening and I look forward to visiting her shop, but I want my liver to last for another 70 or 80 years, if possible.

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3 Responses to “What Good is a Liver Anyhow?”

  1. Stefanie Says:

    Heh, do people learn a language better when a little tipsy? If so, perhaps I need to start drinking margaritas while I learn Spanish 😉

  2. びっくり Says:

    People learn languages better when they are uninhibited by preconceptions from their native tongue. Alcohol is one way which people of many cultures let down their guard. This is particularly true in Japan, where shame is a dominant factor, because doing something shameful is excusable when you are drunk.

    Give it a try, but don’t drink so much that your intellect is impaired. 😉

    One problem with the “nominagara eigo wo benkyoushiyou” classes is that the students often forget to speak in English.

  3. verbivore Says:

    I always thought drinking might speed up my Japanese study, problem is I’m sure I would forget all those new words by the next day. 🙂

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