I simply can’t think of why this NHK English-language programme for kindergarten kids is so terrible. Yesterday’s edition was pretty typical in that they only taught two words, one of which is already used in Japanese (shoes) and the other of which is useless (yum). Then there are the same old songs with misleading or absent mimes (why not point at a belly button if you really have to include that word??), unnecessary translation at odd places, jumps from sketches where only one English word is used to animated songs that don’t seem to be graded at all, etc.
Here are the only explanations I could come up with:
– Decisions on what language to use are made by non-English-speaking staff and managers, in typical Japanese office style
– The English native speakers hate their job and so are just taking the piss
– The Ministry of Education doesn’t want anyone to actually speak English in case they become less Japanese by doing so or work out that there are different ways that Japan could be
– The two Americans on the programme were sent by the CIA in the 80s to sabotage Japanese attempts to learn English and so hold their economy back (also one possible explanation for TOEIC)