Japanese TV Dramas

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...
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English culture

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...
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Learning Japanese

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...
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Benchmarks

I welcome the comments from Pauline McNaughton explaining that the Canadian Benchmarks system is going to be made easier to understand. I look forward to that. Right now I feel that the Common European Framework levels are easier to understand. Ha...
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Sprachen und Beruf

I just finished attending a conference on "language training and the corporate sector" which took place in Duesseldorf, Germany. As soon as I have good access to the Internet I will send some observations. Two intensive days of discussion on langu...
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More on Globish

Let me continue on the subject of Globish, the proposition that the solution for international communication across language barriers is a new language called Globish. According to author J-P Nerriere, if people would just concentrate on learning ...
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Speaking globish

I was driving home the other day and listened to an interview on the radio with a certain Jean-Paul Nerriere, who has written a book and "invented" a language called Globish. It appears that Globish refers to a simplified form of English which use...
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