Learn English in London & Wear a Suit!

Jan 16, 2018

OK.  Here’s a translation test for students of English studying in central London; Japanese English language students are excluded. What is the Japanese word for a “suit”.  The answer is “sebiro” and it was created in 1870 when the Japanese ambassador to London decided he would like to dress like London businessmen. He was advised to go to Savile Row near Bond Street in central London where the best suits were tailored.

When he returned to Japan many were intrigued by the ambassador’s new clothing and asked him what was he wearing. He replied “Savile Row” but with the Japanese intonation the word sounded like “sebiro” and that is how the word for suit was created!

Today a suit is worn mainly by men and women working in the most formal of industries such as banking. Probably the last burst of enthusiasm for suit-wearing came in 1969 when Tommy Nutter and Edward Sexton opened their trendy tailoring shop at 35a, Savile Row in the West End of London. The most famous of their creations include the suits worn by John Lennon, Ringo Star and Paul McCartney on the cover of the LP record “Abbey Road” and the suit worn by Mick Jagger at his wedding to Bianca. In 1988 they also made the costumes for the film “Batman” including the suit worn by Jack Nicholson.


Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List

Tag List

free english grammar (2)
Students (2)
New blog (1)
English grammar (4)
the people's tower (1)
english courses london (1)
Things to do in London (6)
Journalism classes London (1)
study tips (9)
Things to see in London (4)
study english onlline (1)
Relaxing London (4)
Hello from Ally (1)
Learn English (15)
english school online (1)
English tips (4)
music festival London (1)
writing a mini-saga (1)
Field day (1)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
Recording vocabulary (3)
pronuciation (3)
Reading in English (1)
Tourist tips (5)
english course london (12)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)
Learning tips (10)
Adjective (2)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
future tenses english (1)
exams (1)
mini-saga (1)
english study tips (1)
Christmas in London (3)
Francais (2)
Polite questions (1)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
CAE (3)
Shopping in London (4)
Idiom (3)
Barney Ronay (1)
Fun (1)
Learn english online (12)
past modal verbs (1)
english review (1)
making predictions (1)
defining relative clauses (1)
past modals (1)
ICE (5)
english grammar online (1)
Beautiful London (8)
Events in London (1)
grammar tips (1)
New language (7)
FCE (4)
english school (2)
efl (4)
Peaceful London (2)
Vocabulary (11)
Victoria park (1)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
grammar (1)
english school london (12)
saga (1)
future tenses efl (1)
London (5)
Journalism Course London (1)
silent disco (1)
Places to see in London (4)
Social programme (1)
Attractions in London (1)
english as a foreign language (3)
Halloween (2)
Historic moment (1)
Free english lessons (10)
english grammar help (1)
writing a mini saga (1)
English vocabulary (3)
english grammar tips (1)
Journalist Course London (1)
london events (1)
spelling (1)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
Basic English mistakes (1)
Business English (1)
English (1)
ILEC (1)
London markets (4)
Listening in English (2)
New vocabulary (4)
London Summer (7)
narrative voice (2)
the shard (1)
Journalism evening course London (1)
things to do london (1)
Somewhere to go London (3)
London Marathon (1)
study english (1)
Cycling (1)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
Where to visit London (3)
Winter in London (6)
English food (3)
Tweed (1)
music festivals uk (1)
Covent Garden (1)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
Insider info London (14)
student study tips (1)
reading tips (1)
Islington Centre for English (6)

Tag Cloud

English vocabularyLearn Englishpronuciationnarrative voicestudy english onllineIELTSEnglish tipsLearning tipsFCEAdjectiveWinter in Londonenglish school onlinepast modalsTourist tipsStudentsCyclingNew languagemini-sagaPlaces to see in Londonstudy tipsSport Journalism CoursePeaceful LondonAttractions in Londonspellingfree english grammarstudent study tipsthe people's towerILECHello from Allysagareading tipsInsider info Londonmaking predictionsSomewhere to visit Londonfuture tenses englishenglish grammar helpeflChristmas in Londonenglish grammar onlinewriting a mini-sagaBusiness EnglishPolite questionsstudy englishEnglish foodgrammarFunenglish schooldefining relative clausesCovent GardenLearn english onlineenglish school londonJournalism MasterclassHistoric momentJournalism evening course Londonenglish reviewRelaxing LondonLondon MarathonThings to do in LondonThings to see in LondonJournalist Course LondonRecording vocabularyBasic English mistakesmusic festival LondonNew vocabularyICEenglish course londonthings to do londonBeautiful Londonsilent discoJournalism Course LondonexamsImprove your vocabularyWhere to visit LondonHalloweenBarney Ronayenglish courses londonVictoria parkNew blogCambridge Exam Preparationgrammar tipsSocial programmeenglish study tipsFrancaisJournalism classes LondonSomewhere to visitmusic festivals ukTweedVocabulary notebookEvents in Londonenglish as a foreign languageCool as a cucumberLondonfuture tenses eflwriting a mini sagaEnglish grammarLondon SummerVocabularyLondon marketsField dayenglish grammar tipsCAEpast modal verbsSomewhere to go Londonlondon eventsIdiomFree english lessonsEnglishWorld Naked Bike RideReading in Englishthe shardShopping in LondonIslington Centre for EnglishListening in English


We use cookies to enable essential services and functionality on our site and to collect data on how visitors interact with our site, products and services. By clicking accept, you agree to our use of these tools for advertising, analytics and support.