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"Superpowers" - Interview with PWRFL Power

"Superpowers" - Interview with PWRFL Power English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Mar 30 2009

Themes: Celebrity, Travel

Grammar: Be Able To


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One day he’s performing in the US, and the next in Japan. Then Canada…It almost seems like Kaz Nomura, who performs his indie rock folk songs as PWRFL Power, can fly around the world like Superman.

But the young Japanese singer’s real superpower is playing beautiful guitar melodies and writing funny songs about losing his keys and people who don’t hold their chopsticks correctly. PWRFL Power (pronounced “powerful power”) has been written about by dozens of newspapers and magazines in the US.

Jason met up with Kaz at a concert in Portland just hours before he left for Japan, where he is currently touring. Watch the video below and learn about superpowers and the type of superhero Kaz would like to be.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I’m Jason, here with Kaz who performs under the name PWRFL Power. Where are you from, Kaz?

Kaz:  I’m from Hokkaido, Japan.

Jason:  Your first language was Japanese then? When did you learn English, and how?

Kaz:  I mean, everyone in Japan starts learning, you know, when they enter junior high. I didn’t speak English until I came here. So I guess it’s been, like, five and a half years.

Jason:  So when you first arrived, was it hard to get around and make friends and stuff?

Kaz:  Yeah. It was really hard. I remember I was living in this international dorm kind of place in Seattle. I couldn’t talk to any of, you know, my roommates and it was very frustrating. There was this Turkish guy who…One day I made a huge pot of curry, and I left it in the kitchen, and he just ate it all. I wanted to, like, you know, tell him, like, not to. But I couldn’t say what I wanted to say so…

Jason:  When did you turn the corner? When did you feel like, “OK. Now I know English”?

Kaz:  After two years. I think it’s just that I spent enough time talking to people and being social.

Jason:  So your name is PWRFL Power when you perform. What kind of superpower would you like to have the most?

Kaz:  You know, I’ve been really craving frozen yogurt. So I think I’d like to be able to, like, make frozen yogurt anytime. Maybe, like, with my index finger or something. Then I could just, like, push it and…Like that.

Jason:  That’s a great superpower. Can I get you to give me a high-five and say, “English, baby!”?

Kaz:  English, baby!


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Like most Japanese kids, Kaz began learning English in school. But he didn’t master it until he came to the US a few years ago. In fact, when he first arrived, one of his roommates ate all his food because he didn’t know how to ask him to stop!

Since Kaz’s stage name is PWRFL Power, Jason asks him what kind of superhero he would like to be. Kaz says that he really likes frozen yogurt, so he would like to have the superpower to make it with his finger.

That’s a really creative superpower! A lot of movies and comic books about superheroes with superpowers that help them fight crime like flight, superhuman strength, invisibility or X-ray vision. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

For more on PWRFL Power, go to his blog or MySpace page. Image by Erin Harrell.



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it's impossible.But if i have a superpower i want to learn all English words mastered without bored.

07:04 PM Apr 03 2009 |

juan luis armenta perez


I'm holding with you, Laughing

02:19 PM Apr 03 2009 |

juan luis armenta perez


I think that you don't need powew for to know that stuff. Embarassed

02:18 PM Apr 03 2009 |

Carlos Estrella Tello


i think that all people are heroes, because each one have sometinhg especial inside

02:17 PM Apr 03 2009 |


Syrian Arab Republic

If I had a superpower I wish I could know who loves me and who pretends

11:10 AM Apr 03 2009 |



you don't worry, I help you if you'd to speak

08:22 AM Apr 03 2009 |

juan luis armenta perez


you have a power. but, you never use it.

08:48 PM Apr 02 2009 |

juan luis armenta perez


Jesus is our solution,. I don't want to talk about religious, but, it's true. Just him.

08:45 PM Apr 02 2009 |

juan luis armenta perez


if you take a close look, to can see, the people it's have forgot from God. like moises age, like Jesus age, cesar emperor gave the order, killing the children. it's the same situation is living today. Embarassed

08:29 PM Apr 02 2009 |

juan luis armenta perez


but, if you take a close look. around the world. each goverment talk about peace. but, there is a problem, they are selfish, they are smug. nobody wants to make extramile for impoving this world. they arn't clean-cut. don't you?

08:16 PM Apr 02 2009 |



yeah,i m completely agree with you..you have good thought but my dear its easy to say but difficult to do in real.even if u have super power cant create a peace in this world..

07:06 PM Apr 02 2009 |


Palestinian Territory, Occupied

If i had superpower, I would use it to set my nation and country free. You don't know how it is difficult to live under occupation, barriers, damage, and killing children everyday!

06:47 PM Apr 02 2009 |



sure im agree with you peace is love ..but may i know what you can do so that you will create a peace..

06:02 PM Apr 02 2009 |

juan luis armenta perez


I'm not going to destroy anything. If i had power, I'll to creat the peace, because the peace is love, and the love whole can it.

05:19 PM Apr 02 2009 |



if i had superpower.offcourse i will destroy i will nuclear weapon which are used to killed the innocent people all over the world..and establish a new world where all people are live happily with no fear of war and all..

10:03 AM Apr 02 2009 |




it  is  not easy to learn to speak english.

02:14 PM Apr 01 2009 |



When I was a child, I used to think of having a X-ray vision to see the school´s girls, but, even being a good superpower, Nowadays, I prefer to have the ability to get a lot of money, how much i want it.



01:36 AM Apr 01 2009 |


Russian Federation

I`m hearing his songs in time. It`s so unusual. I heared about him today. I think it`s great that we can know more about wellknown people on this site.

About myself. Sad. But I have not a super power. Frown

05:53 PM Mar 31 2009 |




If I had a superpower it would be a reading in minds or knowledge of all foreign languages..but it only a dream..

12:26 PM Mar 31 2009 |





07:44 AM Mar 31 2009 |

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