Let's Speak English is a Slice of Life Web Comic featuring Mary Cagle, the author of Kiwi Blitz and Sleepless Domain, and her adventures as an English teacher in Japan.
Let's Speak English provides examples of:
- Art Evolution:
- Later pages use traditional screen tones for shading.
- Mary eventually adjusted her Avatar to look more like her real self, in particular her "birdlike nose."
- Berserk Button: Mary is very patient and humors her students when they try to guess stuff like her age. But then she gets pretty scary and evasive when her weight is brought up.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: I HAVE NO BALCONY
- Cheerful Child: Her elementary students, little kids who're eager to learn.
- Cultural Cringe: Not regarding America or England, but English itself, due to some of the nonsensical spellings (e.g. "knock" not starting with N) present in the language.
- Cuteness Proximity: Mary's reaction to some of the things her students do or the cute merchandise.
- Engrish: Mary finds some interesting shirts and a surprising hat.
- Exact Words: Mary plays a game with her students to find and touch something white. A girl did that and touch Mary, a white woman.
- Flat "What": During an animal guessing game with her class:
Mary: Hint 1 please!
Student: I have kiss face.
Mary: Wait what
- Girlish Pigtails: Some of the students.
- Halloween Episode: Here.
- Manchild: Mary feels more like herself when singing "ABC Fever!" than pretending to be grownup.
- Older Than They Look/ Younger Than They Look: This page in which a student guesses that Mary is 37 when she's actually 24. Also her comments about briefly having a crush on a coworker who turned out to be in his mid 40s.
- Running Gag:
- "You have a poo."
- The Tanuki Mary hit comes back to haunt her every now and again.
- Nejiri Honnyo, the mascot of her town, shows up fairly often due to its strange design and constant debate on whether the black mass in the center of his face was a nose or mouth. The book finally answers that: it's a mouth.
- Sensei-chan: In an interesting twist, it's not the kids that see her this way, but her coworkers according to this strip.
- Shout-Out: In this page her students reference Donald Trump of all things.
- Sophisticated as Hell: On one wintry day in comic 108, Mary sees little bird tracks in the snow and is inspired to make a haiku:
Behold, a small bird
Left tiny tracks in the snow
That is cute as fuck.
- Surprisingly Good English: Mary manages to find some good examples.
- Unsound Effect: Riding a bullet train is often accompanied by the sound effect BULLET TRAAAAINNNN
- Videogame Interface Elements: The last panel imitates a visual novel format here.
- Wall Pin of Love: Explained in this strip. Mary is utterly shocked she didn't know such an important word before.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Referenced In-Universe in the comic where Mary watches Kamen Rider Gaim. After hitting a particularly dark plot point Takatora saying that his people might only be able to save 1/7th of humanity from Helheim Forest, Mary turns to the audience and remarks that the show airs in a time slot geared towards children.
- Yonkoma: The comic's generally formatted like this, though there are occasional pages that have a different format.