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言っていた and 言った

~している and not that is one of the difficult items to explain in Japanese. I came across an interesting example. (I maybe wrote the same ex...
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Jan 23, 2012 23:12 Japanese_language 「いた」 「ている」
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The US taught Japan freedom, but ...

Many Japanese people, especially highly educated people, think that Japan has learned freedom, liberalism, or things like that from the U...
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Jan 23, 2012 21:17
satoshi

Tanaka Rie ? Tanaka Lie?

A Japanese first name, じょうじ (穣治), came from an English name, George. Many native speakers of Japanese could feel that. However, there are...
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Jan 15, 2012 17:54
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Last Year, Murder Still Decreased

The number of murder cases in Japan is still decreasing as the previous year, for these 25 years. As I wrote about it here before, the re...
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Jan 15, 2012 09:07
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Tony Blair’s Story is Interesting

Now, Tony Blair is writing autobiography in the Nikkei newspaper. It is rather interesting; especially, you comparing it with the one by ...
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Jan 4, 2012 21:15
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Yet another よく書けている

I just now noticed something about the past tense. Suppose something happens to the following: Your friend writes an essay Right therea...
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Jan 4, 2012 17:14 Japanese_language 「ている」 「いた」 過去形
satoshi

What is the Difference between よく書けた and よく書けている?

~している is one of the difficult expressions to explain for learners of Japanese. More than a few native speakers say it is equivalent to “b...
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Jan 3, 2012 13:31 Japanese_language 「ている」
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Who is paying for Korean idols in Japan?

I was a bit surprised that the people who buy K-pop (Korean pop music) the most in Japan are in their forties (37%). The second most are ...
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Jan 1, 2012 17:00
satoshi

Korean Code of Dress and Code of Words

I watched this video on today’s news program that seemed to show a room for a Cabinet meeting in South Korea. The person in the center is...
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Dec 30, 2011 20:49
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Nintendo’s Price Dropped by 56% This Year

Nintendo is struggling desperately. It is the tenth worst among the most dropped stocks in the Tokyo market this year. Furthermore, t...
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Dec 30, 2011 17:36
satoshi

Do You Want to Marry a Mad Woman?

Today is almost the end of year, so newspapers carry many articles to summarize this year. One of them told there are more than a few mot...
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Dec 30, 2011 14:26
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The Difference b/w Berlin and Sapporo in the Winter

A Japanese news writer in Berlin wrote in today’s newspaper he couldn’t use a bicycle during the winter because it was too cold. However,...
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Dec 30, 2011 12:05
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Why Do You Study Economics?

There is a column in today’s newspaper about why you study the science of economics. The writer quoted Gregory Mankiw’s three answers, bu...
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Dec 26, 2011 17:30
satoshi

The 25th is not Christmas Day in Japan.

Many people on the net like lang-8 say merry Christmas now; however, “Christmas” in Japan ends on the night of the 24th. Indeed, the 24th...
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Dec 25, 2011 10:28
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Adult Competencies 大人力

I was a bit surprised that OECD, the club of the advanced countries, investigates “Adult Competencies” (Programme for the International A...
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Dec 24, 2011 11:15
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A public service worker out-of-pocketed 68 thousand dollars.

I came across an interesting news article. It was about a public service worker in a libray at a local government in Japan who payed elec...
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Dec 21, 2011 00:43
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I saw a crying machine at a subway station.

This morning, when I saw a machine for fare adjustment at a subway station (the picture one), I thought, why it was crying. The white fla...
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Dec 20, 2011 13:16
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バクマン。 The Third Season will Start

Today, NHK announced that the third season of BAKUMAN would start. Its schedule is unknown. Cf. http://www.nhk.or.jp/anime-blog/10412...
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Dec 16, 2011 20:16
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全然いい is a correct usage.

I was shocked to hear that 全然いい is a correct usage, though many “educated” people think that those usages are wrong. It seems that the cl...
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Dec 13, 2011 13:20 Japanese_language
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Do you want your children to go to universities?

I was just now surprised to learn that, while 61% of the mothers in their forties want their children to go to universities, only 40% of ...
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Dec 12, 2011 13:36