I continue to see ads like these popping up all over the internet: RAISE YOUR TOEIC SCORE OVERNIGHT TOEIC SECRETS BEAT THE TOEIC CHEAT THE TOEIC TEST You can substitute TOEFL or IELTS in any of those ads. Indeed, one enterprising (but perhaps not ...Read more Acing the TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS: Scams?
The boring nature of most learner content is a real problem in language learning. Going after interesting content is often too difficult because there are too many new words and phrases. What can we do? While some learners like dictionaries, I do ...Read more In answer to Cliff; boring content
What’s in a name? Someone asked if Chinese people should adopt Western names if they live in a Western country like Canada, and how to choose the name. I think it is like asking what colour shirt to wear. It depends on the person and the circumsta...Read more A rose by any other name
SC asks how long it took me to be able to understand TV dramas. The answer is a long time. I still do not fully follow them after 9 years of living in Japan and using Japanese for over 30 years for business. Why? Because I rarely watch them, and I...Read more Japanese TV Dramas
I was recently in London with my wife, visiting my son and his family. One day we took our two little grandchildren to a park outside London which offered a great variety of activities for kids. There were animals, boat rides, slides, mini-golf, t...Read more English culture
Cliff Kwok, in a comment to my blog, asks about my experience in learning Japanese. Cliff has read my book in Chinese and would like to know more about how I learned Japanese in 6 months. I learned Japanese in Japan. I had a very preliminary expos...Read more Learning Japanese
The Governor of Tokyo managed to get into Le Monde newspaper this morning. I am spending a few days in the little town of Brulon near the Loire valley in France. The town is small, charming and Medieval in its architecture. I went out for my pre-b...Read more Ishihara Shintaro and French