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PidestroikaOct. 06, 2014 - 02:16PM JST
"Barbarians"? Well, winter is coming.
I prefer this one:
"A large number of educated speakers and writers, for whatever reason, object to disinterested in the sense 'uninterested, unconcerned'--a sense it previously had but lost for awhile--and want the word to have only the meaning 'impartial, unprejudiced.' The criticized use has nevertheless gained such ground that it has practically driven out the other one. That change causes no harm to language as communication. We have merely lost a synonym for impartial and gained one for indifferent."
(John Algeo, The Origins and Development of the English Language, 6th ed. Wadsworth, 2010)
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
PidestroikaOct. 06, 2014 - 12:10PM JST
With a 15y English teaching experience in Japan I can say that one of the main problems is the luck of a clear objective. What does the school education is aiming at? What is the English level the students are supposed to reach? Pre-intermediate? Intermediate? Conversation fluency?
From my experience I see students who have never practiced reading and actual listening and therefore have absolutely no sense of rhythm and punctuation. Many never practiced composition, essay/letter writing and therefore have minimum skills at expressing themselves in writing.
If English at school is just another lesson like all the others then it as useful as the rest of the material students usually forget after graduation. If it's supposed to actually help students to learn then I'm afraid you are asking too much. We are talking about a different form of education. Inspirational, interesting, creative...perfectly valid attributes that frankly speaking shouldn't be applied only to English but every other subject lesson.
Another thing is that if English is not to be examined like all the other lessons, students lose their interest. If it is to be examined then it becomes another school subject that is to be tested in a similar way as all the other subjects. You cannot separate English teaching from the way other subjects are taught and examined in a Japanese school. And in my opinion that's where the problem is.
As I see it, at the moment, the whole thing is a complete mess. Students are stuffed with lots of grammar and vocabulary, ALTs are doing their best to teach pronunciation and communication and all is done haphazardly regardless of level or clear objective. Not to mention messing with British vs American English.
Personally I think English education in Japanese schools should bring the student to a pre-intermediate level, clearing all the basic grammar, with basic vocabulary and fair pronunciation and those interested in continuing their English studies to a higher level they could do so at a private school/lessons.
PidestroikaSep. 18, 2014 - 12:15PM JST
The sign is not racist but plainly stupid.
The first part "Karaoke is Japanese culture" obviously is for non-Japanese, English speakers. I'm sure there is no "いらっしゃいませ日本人", therefore what's the point of the redundant word "foreigner"? "Welcome" would be enough.
Unless they are inviting the band "Foreigner"...
Posted in: Step in
PidestroikaJul. 09, 2014 - 06:21PM JST
Scolari after the 7-1 defeat by Germany: "The person who decided the line-up, the tactics, was me. It was my choice." "My message for the Brazilian people is please excuse us for this performance".
Zaccheroni after the 4-1 defeat by COLOMBIA: "It was a nice game. We played well in the first half." "We all thought we would do a lot better, that we would perform much better as we showed in the first half (against Colombia) when we play intensely as we normally do and we are able to generate opportunities to win a match."
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PidestroikaMay. 02, 2013 - 10:40AM JST
Yes, there is indeed a significant rise of Japanese nationalism. Japanese undoubtly prefer AKB48 and Momoiro Clover Z to Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
Posted in: China says U.S. should be concerned about Japanese nationalism
PidestroikaApr. 29, 2013 - 11:13AM JST
LBGT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and others
LBGT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and others
Who exactly are the "others"?
Posted in: Rainbow Pride
PidestroikaApr. 25, 2013 - 01:16AM JST
Ruud sadly is not ofcourse your average comentator who just found this site. Google her name and you'll see. She is looking for compensation from the Japanese gov and her whole ideology as with most Korean/Chinese ultra nationalists is revolving around the Santayana saying and is fed on hatred.
Also I wonder how the commentators of this site feel having their comments translated in Korean.
Would it be possible for JT to blog any comments on such subjects like Yasukuni and Japan/Korean/Chinese nationalism? Aren't death threats towards commentators enough? Everybody has said their piece more than once.
Posted in: Sending a message
PidestroikaApr. 24, 2013 - 05:21PM JST
"Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it's not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate"
PidestroikaApr. 20, 2013 - 07:12PM JST
toon toon toonnnn, chu hah! toon toon toon, chu hah!
"What's your name? Who's your daddy? Is he rich like me?"
Posted in: Garden party
PidestroikaApr. 18, 2013 - 07:07PM JST
you shared your Middle Aged wisdom with the rest. Don't you think it's enough?
Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to gain information that would prevent an attack like the Boston Marathon bombings or 9/11?
PidestroikaApr. 18, 2013 - 04:46PM JST
Somebody saw a movie with Samuel Jackson and Carrie-Ann Moss and is asking this...
Absolutely YES to torture. Fingernails...gone. Teeth too. Ears, nose...whatever sticks out. Whips? Definitely. Red hot irons? A must. Sleep deprivation and water boarding is for softies. Turning parts of the body into a toaster with electric shocks is fun fun fun! And don't forget the all-too-entertaining...turning a prisoner into a contortionist!!!
After all we live in the Middle Ages, right?
"You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves"
So, YES to torture. And if the wrong guy gets tortured by accident, ooopsy! The soldiers did it on their own.
No need to torture only the guy we are absolutely sure he knows. Let's torture his family too. Then he will definitely speak. Let's torture the whole neighborhood! Surely someone knows something.
And don't forget:
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever."
PidestroikaApr. 16, 2013 - 04:39PM JST
Apparently some would prefer the news to be reported as:
"Seven human beings had an excessive discussion with 10 other human beings and one of them used a metallic kitchen utensil to persuade them they were wrong."
Note that mentioning the location and the time should not be politically correct since it could discriminate towards the other residents of the area and could create fear to the readers.
Or even better instead of "human beings" put "living organisms" to avoid discrimination towards animals...
Thankfully we don't live in Kita Chosen.
Posted in: 3 stabbed in drunken brawl between Japanese, non-Japanese outside station
PidestroikaApr. 16, 2013 - 11:19AM JST
Ok, I just saw the video posted by dmhondz. My bad.
It's Nishi-Guchi one of the streets where prostitutes often gather. Mostly Korean shops in the area but also Thai. The kobban is a few meters from where it happened. There is also an Uyoku bar nearby.
Maybe some drunk grabbed the butt of a hooker and she wasn't happy...
PidestroikaApr. 16, 2013 - 10:53AM JST
Since we live in Nishi-Kawaguchi, we were wondering what the hell was going on with all the ambulances last Sunday night...
The "red light district" is not "in front of the station". The area changed about 5 years ago.
Nishi-Guchi of the station has a koban right in front of the exit so most probably that's not where it happened.
It's the atrea where the "red light disctrict" is now with the strip joints and where most of the foreign prostitutes gather. (And don't start me with the word "foreigner". I've heard them arguing many times and they've tried to pick me so I know first hand they're not Japanese)
Higashi-guchi where the red-light used to be has a number of food joints you really wouldn't like to visit. There is no koban there, only a button you can press to call the police. This is where the brawl most probably happened. And in this particular area there are many Chinese (Koreans are on the other Guchi) and, trust me, very few of them are "university students". There are even a couple "izakayas" with a large hinomaru permanently hanging in the entrance, and there are at least a couple Uyoku groups (and an Uyoku newspaper hq).
You can draw your conclusions...
PidestroikaApr. 05, 2013 - 10:26AM JST
manikyua-"manicure" (treatment for the care of the hands and fingernails) instead of "nail polish"
echi shimasho -Let's make "H", doesn't mean let's do a perticular kind of drug.
Posted in: 20 words of English origin that Japanese people often mistake for real thing
PidestroikaFeb. 20, 2013 - 09:01AM JST
* It's a little arrogant to take the attitude of 'educating' the Japanese ( who incidentally have their own popular music tradition ) in your own personal tastes*.
Nothing to do with my personal tastes (read again my second posting). All I'm saying is that this survey reveals how little the average Japanese knows about music outside Japan. Subjectivity. It's one thing to know a band/artist, another to like them or not. You know Cave even if you don't like him. And I'm not trying to "educate" anybody. Just stating my conclusions based on the survey so far. It's not that the Japanese simply love Carpenters and Billy Joel. It's that they don't know anything else. It's a typical answer, like in the "do you eat nato?" question.
I've asked personally groups of 12 Japanese (various ages) to tell me some of their favorite foreign artists. Every time the answer is Carpenters, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson. Not because they really like them (nobody was able to tell me even one song title of Eric Clapton, for example) but because they don't know anyone else.
Madonna, for example. An artist with dozens of huge hit songs. Ask any Japanese which Madonna songs they know. They answer is always: "Papa don't preach" and "Material girl". Why? Because these are the only songs the radio stations play. And they play them because everybody knows them.
Posted in: Survey to find Japan’s 50 favorite Western musical acts now on
PidestroikaFeb. 19, 2013 - 11:06PM JST
Emotional. Well, I do like music.
I mentioned some really famous artists, very little known in Japan, not so much what kind of music I like.
Elvis, for example. Everybody knows him in Japan. If you ask them to tell you the title of even one of his songs, nobody will be able to anwer. But EVERYBODY knows "Honestyyyy".
I believe there are three reasons for this.
1. "people" like songs they can sing in karaoke. So Pink Floyd are too "difficult".
2. there are no dedicated music programmes on TV or radio. They always try to play music "everybody" will know and like or whatever play-list the music companies will give them.
3. Programmes, like Kobayashi Katsuya's, rely mostly on the Billboard and the US tops. Nothing else.
Check some the bands in the NHK list of 50.
ABC (a basically 1-hit band) but they don't include the Human League,
Kajagoogoo (another 1-hit band),
Michel Polnareff (who? A Billboard guy),
Todd Rundgren (????),
The Nolans (????),
Three Dog Night (??????)
Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Sisters of Mercy, Motorhead, Dead Can Dance, Procol Harum, Tool, Frank Zappa etc etc are not in the list.
By the way, nobody's out there to fix the article?
PidestroikaFeb. 19, 2013 - 07:11PM JST
Posted in: Quickie
PidestroikaFeb. 19, 2013 - 11:14AM JST
This survey just confirms how poorly musically educated is the majority of the Japanese. Really pathetic.
"Carpenters"? I've never met even one Japanese who doesn't know them. Unfortunately I've met A LOT who don't know Deep Purple, Bob Marley, Black Sabbath/Ozzy, Jerry Lee Lewis, Simply Red, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd,...even Led Zep and The Doors.
It's really depressing to try to start a conversation about music with a Japanese and all you get is "Carpenters".
And "world music" TV programmes keep playing Chaka Khan (who?), Boz Scaggs (what?), Billy Joel (Hoooonestyyyyy)...seriously?.
PidestroikaFeb. 18, 2013 - 08:56AM JST
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