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In Topic: Shodate banned?

18 April 2018 - 03:50 PM

That or he cannot use a touchscreen phone to save his life

In Topic: Shodate banned?

18 April 2018 - 03:46 PM

Shodate has been on Youtube for years. His comments are memorable. There is no intended gimmick here. Either he is Japanese or he thoroughly believes he is.

His writing style doesn't bare a lot of L1 interference. Japanese English lacks verb inflection and ommision of articles at the most basic - things Shodate does relatively successfully. He also uses grammatical structures and expressions that an intermediate most likely wouldn't know or use - especially someone who is East Asian.

Gordi has far more experience in dealing with Japanese students than I do (not many come this side of the world for business) but the Japanese are the one nation that you can bet flawless writing on. Grammar is drilled incessantly in school yet they can't speak the language due to no conversational practice. For Shodate it's most likely the complete opposite.

It's definitely likely that no writing practice or guidance can produce a style like his (I've seen it from Central African students of different languages) but, as an esl teacher, his command and ironically seemingly lack thereof is fascinating.

All that aside, Shodate has a great knowledge of wrestling beyond even the niche tastes of this board. He's validly watched thousands of out the box matches of which I suggest others take note of and try watch. If he's good for nothing else to the board, he's provided a great primer into a side of puro no many people know.

In Topic: Proposal for 2018: Match Review Trades

18 April 2018 - 06:54 AM

Please keep me out for the forseeable future. I'm so far behind on watching matches and with overtime hitting me, I don't think it's fair to keep taking matches without giving back.

In Topic: Greatest Royal Rumble?

17 April 2018 - 08:15 AM

I think the problem may go a bit deeper  than just Reigns winning. If Miz wins (they need a Smackdown guy to take the title and Bryan/Miz seems a lock), and drops the IC title to Bryan at a later PPV, does that help or hinder Reigns' chances main eventing that show? Will fans be happy with Bryan winning a title, again, or will they feel hard-done with Bryan not being the guy? Single-branded PPVs would likely negate that scenario but that's a fall-back long gone.

In Topic: Wrestlemania 34

09 April 2018 - 09:23 AM

A wtf thread for a wtf Mania