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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
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Japan on BBC news!?

I'm in the UK, and I saw the videos of the devastating earthquakes and tsunami on 11th March mostly on BBC news web sites. The video...
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Jun 20, 2011 17:02
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How can I be a party star?

I attended several buffet parties in the UK, US, and Canada. I knew I was meant to mingle with other attendees. But generally my attempts...
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Jun 20, 2011 05:25
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A question for American/Candian people; How do you find the short sound 'o' (or 'ɒ')?

I've found that in north American English, there is no short vowel 'ɒ' in IPA symbol. For example, the word "got" i...
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Jun 18, 2011 21:43 pronunciation
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Awkwardness about English

Many Japanese peoples claim that speaking in English to native speakers of English is a lot easier than speaking English in front of othe...
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Jun 18, 2011 20:58 pronunciation
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Dalai Lama couldn't get a Dalai Lama joke. --- Me either.

So the Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop, and says, 'can you make me one with everything?' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlIrI...
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Jun 16, 2011 08:56
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Tall Poppy.

I met an Australian guy, and he told me about an Australian saying, 'tall poppy'. He explained me that poppies are tall flowers. ...
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Jun 10, 2011 12:24
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An Egyptian goose

Yesterday, I went bird watching to a meadow. The meadow had a flood like a pond, and there are a lot of water birds, such as ducks, geese...
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May 17, 2011 06:46 pronunciation
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English is (ex)plosive. Part 3 - rhythmic abdominal muscle contraction!?

Previously, I wrote about the fact that breath by English speakers are by far more energetic and explosive than that by Japanese speakers...
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May 15, 2011 07:50 pronunciation
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How to distinguish spring and summer in England?

Both England and Japan have four seasons. But the symbols of each season seems to be different between these countries. Spring in Japa...
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Apr 27, 2011 07:20
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日本語には時制がない!?相こそが大事。 Japanese doesn't have tense!? Aspect is the key. With native lang

I was watching a film before I went to a ramen shop. A. 私はラーメン屋に行った前に映画を見ていた。 B. 私はラーメン屋に行く前に映画を見ていた。 Could you tell which Japanese ...
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Apr 25, 2011 21:46 Japanese
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Difficult English sounds for the Japanese (part 4, oʊ/əʊ vs ɔː) 日本人にとって難しい英語の音 4 With native lang

I started this series with vowels simply because they are easier than consonants. Today I would like to talk about the diphthong oʊ/əʊ ...
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Apr 25, 2011 20:19 pronunciation
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Sketch Engine - English corpora available online

I've just found a great web site called "Sketch Engine." http://the.sketchengine.co.uk/open/ This site is an interface ...
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Apr 24, 2011 22:56