On a recent business trip to the United States I chatted with some Japanese passengers next to me on the plane about what would be the most useful expressions for travelers with only a little English.
Among us we made a list of a couple dozen expressions and joked about them. But on my return to Tokyo I thought the following list is not nearly as facetious or crazy as it seems: 1. Hands up! 2. Don’t shoot! 3. Everyone on the floor! 4. Put the money in the bag! 5. Do what I say and I won’t hurt you! 6. I want to talk to my lawyer.
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