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At a Rough Estimate With native lang

A couple of times a week, I bake a loaf of bread using a bread maker. Thanks to this machine, my family and I can eat various breads made...
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Feb 14, 2014 21:23
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Whether People Get Married or Not is Their Life-Style Choice, But.... With native lang

Here's the recent Japanese paper's headline; "Japanese Men's Lifetime Non-Marriage Rate Will be approximately 30%, and t...
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Feb 10, 2014 20:53
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Why Do Japanese Women Like Brand-Name Goods? With native lang

When my mother-in-law was still alive, she gave me her Louis Vuitton wallet that she had bought for herself. Actually, I'm not a big ...
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Feb 6, 2014 12:29
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Repaying a Person's Kindness With native lang

Last week, my daughter gave me some presents during her birthday party at home. You may ask, "WHAT? Is that a Japanese custom to do ...
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Feb 3, 2014 16:22
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My Favorite Latin Word, "Educo" With native lang

The word "education" is derived from the Latin word, "educo," which means bring out. I was taught this thing over and...
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Jan 31, 2014 10:55
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Was the Song "Oh, my Darling Clementine." Made Based on a True Story? With native lang

Last week, my junior high students and I read a short story about California‘s 49ers in an English textbook, and they are going to listen...
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Jan 27, 2014 12:00
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Herbivore Men 「草食男子」 With native lang

In the middle of 1990s, there are increasing number of male younger generations who dislike taking risks. Instead of having big dreams, t...
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Jan 23, 2014 23:44
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A Man with High Ambitions With native lang

Tonight, I watched a special featured TV program, "People with High Ambitions." Three men were introduced in the show, but th...
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Jan 20, 2014 22:48
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Are Cat People Liberal? With native lang

http://blog.hunch.com/?p=50354 Do you think dog people are conservative and cat people are liberal? I saw this web site this mornin...
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Jan 17, 2014 00:37
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"If I Wasn't Hard, I Wouldn't Be Alive....." With native lang

"If I wasn't hard, I wouldn't be alive. If I couldn't ever be gentle, I wouldn't deserve to be alive. " This w...
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Jan 14, 2014 12:51
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Keeping the Head Cool and Feet Warm  「頭寒足熱」 With native lang

One of my friends who are health conscious told me before that she always wear three layers of socks, two layers of pants and a stomach b...
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Jan 10, 2014 20:40
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This Sense of Elation Is Immeasurable. With native lang

Today, on the way back from work, I went to a Yokohama Takashimaya department store and bought a neat and fashionable down jacket that I ...
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Jan 6, 2014 19:41
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Japanese Dishes for New Year's Celebration With native lang

On December 31st, I made traditional New Year's food called Osechi with my daughters. It was fun, but we were extremely busy preparin...
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Jan 2, 2014 19:50
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Who is Oprah Winfrey? With native lang

Who is Oprah Winfrey? I heard her name many times, but I didn't know what kind of person she is until I listened to her commencement ...
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Dec 24, 2013 20:39
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All the Spice Has Gone Out of Life With native lang

Nowadays, even though increasing number of Japanese people send New Year's greetings by e-mail or text message, many of us still writ...
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Dec 19, 2013 23:58
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"Kujira (Whale) Construction" 「クジラ構文」 With native lang

When I was in high school, I was required to memorize the following sample sentences and understand their meanings in an English grammar ...
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Dec 16, 2013 17:56
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Japanese Food Crosses All Borders With native lang

A few days ago, Washoku (Japanese food) was added UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage. On that day, I earned that UNESCO had alread...
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Dec 9, 2013 18:02
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Two Anecdotes About Senno Rikyu With native lang

Today I read two interesting anecdotes of Senno Rikyu, a master of the tea ceremony, who lived from the Sengoku period (Age of Civil Wars...
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Dec 3, 2013 22:01
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Is There a Little Truth in Every Joke? With native lang

The day before yesterday, I posted an article about "Group activities" that is one of Japanese characteristics. That topic remi...
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Nov 27, 2013 20:14
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Is There Nothing to Be Afraid of If Everyone Jaywalks On A Red Light? With native lang

Generally speaking, Japanese people like group activities. Many of them go abroad in large groups. A group of company employees go to a r...
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Nov 25, 2013 11:29