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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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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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Victoria G

Victoria GSuper Member!

United States

I wish I had superpower of teleportation… I juss like travelling all around the world! :)

11:11 AM Mar 30 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

very good


11:06 AM Mar 30 2009 |



Russian Federation

If i had a superpower…....I may agree with michael1028 and i've solved this financial crisis too


09:38 AM Mar 30 2009 |




I would like be able to fly..and strong body

09:11 AM Mar 30 2009 |


Syrian Arab Republic

great lesson

07:26 AM Mar 30 2009 |



If i have superpower to do something i think i  want to return my  time.

06:59 AM Mar 30 2009 |

Mr Shaluunge

United States

I don't at all so sorry I like to understand them

06:41 AM Mar 30 2009 |




Definitely fly. Feel all the freedom, I've dreamed of being able to fly a lot times.

Btw, it's really good for these singers being interviewed by Ebaby, or I might never know their names.

05:25 AM Mar 30 2009 |




superpower…I think it might be like doraemon…

04:37 AM Mar 30 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

really short time to learn english …

03:00 AM Mar 30 2009 |



If I had a superpower, I would like to have the superpower to solve this financial crisis that make everybody have a good life.

02:11 AM Mar 30 2009 |



PWRFL Power is very good to speak English, and it is very short to learn.  We have learned  it for ten years ,but cann't speak fluently, I feel very sad.


01:32 AM Mar 30 2009 |




oh! great !!

I've  never  knew about  him  'till I wacthed this dialog ~

I want hear some more/



12:51 AM Mar 30 2009 |

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