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A local health professional has seized the chance to practice speaking English after a gaijin patient declared they lacked knowledge of a specific term for a fairly uncommon mouth ailment.

Harry Armstrong was held hostage for around 35 minutes while the dentist attempted to practice some of the English vocabulary he had learnt at medical college over 25 years ago.

“My Japanese ability failed to extend to rare gum diseases, giving the dentist license to initiate countless silent pauses followed by some broken, often unintelligible, English,” said Armstrong.

“He even said the word ‘three’ in English, after first saying ‘san’.”

Armstrong says next time he will just nod his head if he doesn’t understand another random Japanese word seldom used in every day life.

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