By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

December 30, 2019

I was watching a TV show about emergency services in Japan last night and heard the EMT ask the patient, “What’s the date?”

It made me think about how a Japanese translator probably screwed up in the past. Most EMTs in the US or Germany would use a lead-in more like “Do you know what day it is?” instead of the more complicated question to check the patient’s orientation.

Think about it – if you were suddenly asked “What’s the date?” and you’re in the middle of a 9-day holiday like this year, could you answer right off the bat?

Following manuals and algorithms is a good thing, but sometimes you need to think about what you’re doing.







English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers