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    albaleo

    If you want to learn from anime, just use Audacity or another sound-recording program to record 5-10 second clips and listen to them over and over again, until you can repeat them at native speed.

    I think this is a very good tip, even if not for everyone. Some might criticize it as rote memorization, but I think it is much more. The anime provides the context and meaning. Hearing something again and again is a key point in learning a language if you can tag it to something meaningful. If you have to learn a language outside of a country where it is spoken, I'm sure this can help.

    My own experience... Three months after arriving in Tokyo, I was perfect at saying the Sangenjaya (Tokyo) platform announcement (for platform 3 only). As someone not that comfortable with languages, including his own, this was a major achievement. (I still have dreams of mastering the platform 2 announcement.)

    Posted in: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese

  • 10

    albaleo

    Interesting article and comments.

    I think that the counting forms stop a lot of people from carrying on with the Japanese language.

    It can have interesting consequences. My wife sent me to buy some batterazushi at the sushi counter of the local supermarket in Osaka. It's sold in "slabs" of five individual pieces. I managed to buy 10 slabs instead of 10 individual pieces. After being called an idiot by my wife, we later made friends with the neighbors who we shared it with.

    Posted in: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese

  • 1

    albaleo

    Minors cannot be named but victims who are minors can be named?

    These things are not comparable. There may be arguments for and against in both cases, but the reasons are different. Imagine if the victim is not named, but everyone in the locality knows a local kid has been killed. The whispered questions (Do you know who it was?) would potentially cause more suffering to the victim's family.

    Posted in: Teen arrested over murder of boy found buried in Saitama riverbed

  • 1

    albaleo

    There are limitations, but they aren't imposed by idiots.

    @5speed

    My only experience of dealing with Nokyo left me feeling there was little difference. There are idiots everywhere.

    Posted in: It’s easier to be a salaryman. You can’t be a farmer unless that’s your passion.

  • 0

    albaleo

    @maglev101

    The Italian authorities need to get their infrastructure up to standards

    I think construction standards have improved a lot over the last 50 years or so. (I can't say whether they are implemented properly or not.) But unlike Japan, there are many very old buildings in Italy. (But I did see some reports that buildings built in the 1700s managed better than some built in the 1970s.)

    Posted in: Italy earthquake death toll rises to 247

  • 0

    albaleo

    Does Japan have water meters

    Yes.

    like us in the UK?

    No. In UK, they are generally not compulsory, and in some places (such as parts of Scotland) it would make little sense.

    Posted in: Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?

  • 1

    albaleo

    @5SpeedRacer5

    Nice post.

    Posted in: Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?

  • 2

    albaleo

    Step one: stop taking baths and instead take brief showers.

    Perhaps, but think a bit before doing that. Bath water can be re-used, for example, for filling the toilet cistern.

    Posted in: Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?

  • -5

    albaleo

    Reckon the Brits are on the sauce!

    It's gets worrying when you find yourself above Germany in the medal count. I used to associate Olympic success with dictatorial regimes. And now some of the BBC announcers seem to have have taken on the style of their North Korean counterparts. Doping or politics? Lottery money or natural talent? Brexit or immigration?

    On the other hand, a lot of those medals have involved sitting down or falling into the water. You don't need drugs for that.

    Posted in: Olympic excellence now leads to whispers of cheating

  • 0

    albaleo

    @Peter

    The excess fuel consumed to maintain their comfort level can be put to better use within JEconomy, couldn't it?

    I don't know. If you're 20km from the office and the options are to drive to the office for a snooze and then drive back again or snooze in the car with the engine idling for 20 minutes, which is of the greater social good?

    If they want comfort, let them sleep in their office or a restaurant.

    Shades of Marie Antoinette?

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  • 0

    albaleo

    Park on the sides of streets around lunchtime and keep the engine on for their selfish comfort

    Are you saying they should suffer discomfort during their lunch breaks. Others stay in air conditioned office buildings or eat in air conditioned restaurants. Is that so different?

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  • 0

    albaleo

    the first stage landed on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship

    Cool name. I believe it was named after a ship in one of Iain M Banks' novels.

    Posted in: SpaceX lands Falcon 9 rocket after launching Japanese satellite

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    albaleo

    @Cogito

    The only YouTube video I could find was a National Geographic documentary. It contained no suggestion of any sempai-kohai issue. In the drama reconstruction, it showed the pilot responding to suggestions from the co-pilot and the flight engineer. (Not sure whether that was based on flight recordings, or just made up.) I'm not sure what major airport you are referring to. Air Traffic Control suggested they head for Nagoya. The pilot decided to try to return to Haneda. Yokota was also offered as an alternative. It made little difference as they were unable to control the plane. The crash was inevitable.

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  • 1

    albaleo

    but neither of them should have been on the road

    You might think differently if you lived in Kudoyama.

    Posted in: Woman in motorized wheelchair hit, killed by truck

  • 1

    albaleo

    Just a reminder that Fukushima Daichi withstood the largest earthquake ever recorded and sustained no damage as a result

    This is a little misleading. I agree that it withstood the earthquake, but the intensity of the quake at the plant was at shindo 6. The question still remains whether the plants can withstand higher intensity quakes.

    @browny1 At the link below, it clearly states that "practically all damages at Fukushima were caused by the tsunami". There are various other reports that say much the same thing.

    https://www.vgb.org/vgbmultimedia/News/FukushimaVGBrev16.pdf

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  • 1

    albaleo

    why should that monument be removed

    Because it's located in front of the Japanese Embassy. One of the reasons for having foreign embassies in a country is to forge good relations. I imagine there would be a stir if the UK built a memorial to holocaust victims in front of the German embassy in London. It would hardly help to build good relations. Not doing it doesn't mean these things are forgotten.

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  • -2

    albaleo

    She commanded her highest rate from EBay, which paid her $315,000 for a March 2015 address in San Jose.

    The mind boggles.

    Posted in: Clinton releases 2015 tax returns, pushing Trump for his

  • 4

    albaleo

    What I want to know is why anyone would vote or even think of voting for a woman that would sell her seat of confidence and have the DOJ shield her and her laughable organization or slush fund to amass billions of dollars.

    Because the other guy is useless? If all these things are true about Clinton, the sensible thing is surely to make Clinton the focus of your campaign. But Trump continues to make himself the focus with his inane remarks. And now, if he does attack Clinton, who's going to believe him?

    Posted in: After verbal missteps, Trump blames others

  • 3

    albaleo

    @Cogito,

    Your account bears no similarities at all to what I remember of the accident. The pilot had requested a return path to Haneda, but they lost control of craft due to the damage.

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    albaleo

    Well done! A very exciting contest.

    Posted in: Golden night

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