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Not Hemingway’s, but Japan’s Own Iceberg Theory


Hemingway might have coined the term but, today I’m writing about the complexity in dealing with anĀ omission of character or speech that I will call The Japanese Iceberg Theory. What am rambling about? It mainly concerns teaching students that don’t give you back a lot of personality or conversation. I’m talking about Japan, so this entry will help you if you teach English in Japan. If you plan to work in Japan, teaching English you’ll benefit too.

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