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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
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Driving a Kawaii Car with Stars in My Eyes With native lang

Nowadays, the term "Kawaii" is frequently used by a wide age range of Japanese women. It is a synonym of pretty, lovely, sweet,...
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Nov 20, 2013 23:30
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Excessive Announcements May Spoil the Passengers' Moods With native lang

Whenever you get on a train or a subway in Japan, you probably hear following announcements. "We will soon arrive at 〜." "...
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Nov 18, 2013 22:02
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Watching Clouds May Increase Your Right Brain Activity With native lang

I like seeing clouds. Especially, it's fun to see weird shaped clouds that look like animals or people. When I saw Angel's ladder...
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Nov 15, 2013 17:07
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You Shouldn't Ask A Woman's Age Without A Good Reason With native lang

I traveled to Korea last week and I had an opportunity to talk with a male foreign traveler on a bus. We enjoyed having a casual conversa...
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Nov 11, 2013 17:37
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Enjoying Time with Friends Helps One Adjust to New Surroundings With native lang

A friend of mine, who stayed in the US for two years, told me about his difficulties when he went to America for the first time. He arriv...
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Nov 1, 2013 17:08