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『翻訳できない世界のことば』(エラ・フランシス・サンダース)

 最近買った Amazon Echo Show は Alexa に試して欲しいリクエストが随時画面に載ってくる。その中に「Alexaの好きな本は?ときいてみて」というのがあったので、素直に尋ねてみると返ってきた答えがこの本だった。最初は Joke かと思ったら、念の為 Amazonで検索したらちゃんと出てきたよ。  イラストレータ…
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『留学しないで「英語の頭」をつくる方法』(齋藤 兼司)

 漱石の時代ならいざしらず、インターネットでリアルタイムに地球の裏側まで繋がれるこの21世紀にわざわざ高い旅費や学費払ってたかが英語を学びに行くメリットってどこにあるのかなというのがそもそも私のスタンスw。「英語の頭」なんて誰でもどこでもいつでも出来るってば。  ということで、サジェスチョンされるいくつかの勉強法はなかなか役に立つ…
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The 3/11 Disaster In Miyagi, Japan

Full title: "The 3/11 Disaster In Miyagi, Japan: (Mihoko Terada and Keith Goldstein) True Stories of Japanese and Americans From the Earthquake and Tsunami" by Mihoko Te…
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Reflect on TOEIC

I took TOEIC for the first time in about four years the other day. Just wanted to check my (TOEIC) English level and force me to re-motivate studying English much harder…
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Be aware of your surroundings

Happy New Year! Traditionally, we Japanese eat mochi (kind a rice cake) on New Year's day. But as a matter of fact, it's one of the most murderous foods in Japan. You…
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A painful case

News source says that a man of in his 70's hit by the train at Shinjuku station last night. He was accidentally pushed by a drunken man sitting on the ground next to the…
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Brain Fitness

-Review of NHK Business communication in Action- That's what I'm concerned. I'm always fighting with aging, too. As Susan mentioned it's never too late to start study…
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Digital Addiction

-Review of NHK Business communication in Action- According to the definition in this vignette ("than two hours a day using your digital devices for other than work re…
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Day one

-Review of NHK radio English Business communication in Action- A new fiscal year has become in Japan. The first vignette of this term is about new comer, Goto Yoko in…
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Office perks

-Review of NHK Business communication in Action- Office perk is some advantages that you can get from the company you work for in addition to your salary. I don't thi…
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Con Artist

As you know, I'm always a lucky man. Right after I studied "Shady Investment Seminar" vignette, I happened to encounter a real con artist on the phone in my office by ch…
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"Anger Management"

-Review of NHK Business communication in Action- Who'll need the Anger Management? "I," said I, "Because I'm a short-tempered guy! "Whenever I've got irritable…
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"Shady Investment Seminar"

-Review of NHK Business communication in Action- I've been wondering what's the difference between shady con artist and official financial manager. One is illegal and…
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Bicycling to Work

I totally agree with this philosophy, but I'm afraid, as for me, it's impossible to commute on a bike, because of its looong distance. Besides, although there're a lot o…
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Daughters and Sons at Workplace

This week's vignette made me reflect the differences of education style between Japan and USA. Yes, we have a "Mothers and fathers at education place" day at school, but…
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Recession Chic

I've scarcely finished my resolution assignment. (Precisely, I'm finishing it, though, of course.) The first topic of the "Business communication in Action" in th…
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Resolution restarts

Spring has come. I believe it's good to have several restart periods a year. I mean January, beginning of the New Year, and April, starting school or fiscal year in Japa…
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Ichiro, become a legend at WBC

Despite I was not a big fan of Ichiro, I can't help but greatly admiring him yesterday. 3 years ago, he was a hero; however he almost was a war criminal this time just b…
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TGV vs. Shinkansen

Maybe you remember the article that I wrote two years ago about a wonderful "Ichigo-ichie" night in Kyoto. What a coincidence! I had another peculiar experience agai…
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Hydrangeas at Takahata-fudo

As a matter of fact, it was an American who taught me the beauty of hydrangeas. "Among all flowers, I love hydrangea best." He told me so walking on a Kagura-zaka in…
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Would you like some coffee?

According to the articles in some Newspapers, Blog or rumors, Starbucks coffee is struggling now in US. The revenue seems to plummet this fiscal year. Some of them analy…
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"Digital Age Casualties"

In this digital age, the first thing that makes me feel nostalgic is probably handwriting. As you can remember, we used to be definitely able to tell who wrote this memo…
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They say Elephants can't dance

"ANY project", which was planned by Japanese 3 top newspapers - Asahi, Nihon-keizai and Yomiuri- appears to be failed. Actually, they have just started their original we…
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Apple unveils "MacBook Air"

Some of you might remember that I wrote about iPhone last year in this Blog. Steve Jobs announced the thinnest laptop computer in the world this year. As I mentioned bef…
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