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Cicadas in Japan 日本のセミ

One of the remarkable differences between the English summer and Japanese summer is absence/abundance of cicadas セミ(蝉), noisy flying inse...
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Jul 31, 2011 15:20
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What kind of feeling do you register when you pronounce ɜː in 'bird' and æ in 'fat'? 日本語にはない二種類の母音を発音するときどんな気持ちになりますか?

What kind of feeling do you register when you pronounce or listen to the ɜː sound in 'bird' and the æ sound in 'fat'? ...
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Jul 31, 2011 05:09 pronunciation
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TOEFL iBT (an English test) score of Japanese speakers - 104th of speakers of 113 languages

2010年、日本語話者のTOEFL iBTスコア平均は113言語中104位という不名誉な結果に。 TOEFL iBT is one of the most popular international English proficiency qualification ...
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Jul 26, 2011 05:50
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The last Harry Potter! (no spoilers, I believe)

I've just watched the last Harry Potter film in a cinema in Oxford. It was great fun. Not only was the film itself stunning, but al...
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Jul 25, 2011 07:16
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塞翁が馬(さいおうがうま)Everything in life is like the horse of the old man, Sai

When I was very sad, my friend taught me an old saying originated from ancient China; 人間万事塞翁が馬(じんかんばんじさいおうがうま)or more simply and frequent...
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Jul 20, 2011 13:50
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Japan or ジャパン or 日本?

There is a funny thing about the word 'Japan' /dʒəˈpæn/. The stressed vowel /æ/ doesn't exist in Japanese. So the Japanese ca...
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Jul 17, 2011 03:57 pronunciation Japanese
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否定疑問文はやめてよう。Don't aske me negative questions.

One of the trickiest confusion between Japanese and English languages is about the use of YES/NO and はい/いいえ. As long as you're using ...
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Jul 17, 2011 02:40 Japanese
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Maia Hirasawa, a half-Japanese Swedish singer

After watching the waves and smiles of 15,000+ people on the videos celebrating the new bullet train in Kyushu more than 100 times, I'...
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Jul 10, 2011 09:05
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"Counter-Curse" against Tsunami!

A "Counter-Curse" is a type of spell that removes the effects caused by Curses over its intended target, according to Harry Pot...
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Jul 7, 2011 16:54
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九州新幹線開通記念CM - A video celebrating the new bullet train in Kyushu island won an internatinal award!!!

Hi everyone, A new bullet train called Kyushu Shinkansen 九州新幹線 opened on 12th Mar 2011, the day after the earthquake. The bullet train...
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Jul 3, 2011 09:23