Eigo de Shabera Night

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Eigo de Shabera Night
Starring Moe Oshikiri
Patrick Harlan
Norito Yashima
Country of origin  Japan
Running time 29 minutes
Original network NHK
Original release March 31, 2003 – March 16, 2009
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Eigo de Shabera Night (英語でしゃべらナイト Eigo de shabera naito?) is a Japanese talk show by NHK. The show began in 2003 and ended in 2009, but is ongoing as a special program. Contrary to the title, Japanese is the main language used in the show, although the Japanese hosts use English when interviewing British, American or Irish celebrities, such as Noel Gallagher, Howard Stringer and Colin Farrell, or when the English language is discussed.

Pakkun Eiken (パックン英検?) is a quiz where Patrick Harlan defines a certain word in English, after which contestants must produce the word in question. Other sections of the show include London Online and The Strongest English Project in History!? (史上最強!?の英語プロジェクト Shijou Saikyou!? no Eigo Purojekuto?).

NHK recently announced that regular broadcasts of the show would be cancelled, but that "special editions of the program will be aired on an irregular basis".[1]


Current cast[edit]

Past cast[edit]

  • Yumiko Shaku (釈 由美子 Shaku Yumiko?) - March 31, 2003—March, 2007
  • Kazuya Matsumoto (松本 和也 Matsumoto Kazuya?) - March 31, 2003—March, 2007


  • John Kabira (ジョン・カビラ Jon Kabira?) - narrator, March 31, 2003—September, 2006, since April 2008
  • Chris Peppler (クリス・ペプラー Kurisu Pepurā?) - narrator, October, 2006—March 17, 2008, March 16, 2009


Theme songs[edit]

Broadcasting times[edit]

  • March 31, 2003—March, 2006: 11:15 p.m.—11:45 p.m. on Mondays
  • April, 2006—March, 2007: 11:00 p.m.—11:30 p.m. on Fridays
  • April, 2007—March, 2009: 11:00 p.m.—11:30 p.m. on Mondays
    • Reruned at 2:10 a.m. on Saturdays


  • The Japanese title of the show, Eigo de Shabera Naito, is a word play featuring a shortened version of the Japanese expression nai to ikenai which means "have to" or "must". In this sense the title means "eigo de shaberanai to [ikenai]" or "have to speak English". The word "naito" means night, adding to the word play since the show airs at 11:00 pm.


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