Prefectures (provinces) of Japan The words “ken”, “-to”, “–do”, “–fu” get removed from the end of each prefecture’s name when being translated in English. Except for Hokkaido.e.g Saitama-ken = Saaitama prefecture, Tokyo-to = Tokyo prefecture, Kyoto-fu = Kyoto Prefecture One thing to be aware of is that some cities* (*-shi in Japanese) are the same as its prefecture. For example, Saitama-shi (city) in Saitama-ken (prefecture). Depicted on the map are Japan’s main islands, from north to south: Hokkaido (北海道), Honshu (本州), Shikoku (四国), and Kyushu (九州). Geology Tectonic plates When you look at a map of Japan, you can see the Japanese archipelago is the result of subducting tectonic plates over several 100 millions of years from the mid-Silurian (443.8 Mya) to the Pleistocene (11,700 years ago). Approximately 15,000 km (9,300 mi) of oceanic floor has passed under the Japanese archipelago in the last 450 million years, with most being fully subducted. It is considered a mature island arc. Tectonic plate movements created the Japanese islands Tohoku (the upper half of Honshu), Hokkaido, Kuril islands & Sakhalin are located on the Okhotsk Plate. This is a minor tectonic plate bounded to the north by the North American Plate. The Okhotsk Plate is bounded on the east by the Pacific Plate at the Kuril–Kamchatka Trench and the Japan Trench. It is bounded on the south by the Philippine Sea Plate at the Nankai Trough. On the west it is bounded by the Eurasian Plate and possibly on the southwest by the Amurian Plate. The northeastern boundary the Ulakhan Fault.The southern half of Honshu, Shikoku and most of Kyushu are located on the Amurian Plate.The southern tip of Kyushu and the Ryukyu islands are located on the Okinawa Plate.The Nanpo Islands are on the Philippine Sea Plate. The Pacific Plate and Philippine Sea Plate are subduction plates. They are deeper than the Eurasian plate. The Philippine Sea Plate moves beneath the continental Amurian Plate and Okinawa Plate to the south. The Pacific Plate moves under the Okhotsk Plate to the north. These subduction plates have pulled Japan eastward and opened the Sea of Japan by back-arc spreading around 15 […]
47 Prefectures ① Japan is divided into 47 prefectures (都道府県, todōfuken, [todoːɸɯ̥ꜜkeɴ]), which rank immediately below the national government and form the country’s first level of jurisdiction and administrative division. They include 43 prefectures proper (県, ken), two urban prefectures (府, fu: Osaka and Kyoto), one “circuit” or “territory” (道, dō: Hokkai-dō) and one metropolis (都, to: Tokyo). ② In 1868, the Meiji Fuhanken sanchisei administration created the first prefectures (urban fu and rural ken). They were to replace the urban and rural administrators (bugyō, daikan, etc.) in the parts of the country. They were previously controlled directly by the shogunate and a few territories of rebels/shogunate loyalists who had not submitted to the new government such as Aizu/Wakamatsu. Then in 1871, all remaining feudal domains (han) became prefectures, so that prefectures subdivided the whole country. In several waves of territorial consolidation, we ended up with today’s 47. And in many instances, these are contiguous with the ancient ritsuryō provinces of Japan. ③ Each prefecture’s chief executive is a directly elected governor (知事, chiji). Every 4 years members get elected. Ordinances and budgets are enacted by a unicameral assembly (議会, gikai). ④ Under a set of 1888–1890 laws on local government until the 1920s, each prefecture (then only 3 -fu and 42 -ken; Hokkai-dō and Okinawa-ken were subject to different laws until the 20th century. They were subdivided into cities (市, shi) and districts (郡, gun). And each district into towns (町, chō/machi) and villages (村, son/mura). Hokkaidō has 14 subprefectures that act as General Subprefectural Bureaus (総合振興局, sōgō-shinkō-kyoku. Literally meaning “Comprehensive Promotion Bureau”) and Subprefectural Bureaus (振興局, shinkō-kyoku, literally “Promotion Bureau”) of the prefecture. Some other prefectures also have branch offices that carry out prefectural administrative functions outside the capital. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a merged city-prefecture; a metropolis, it has features of both cities and prefectures. ⑤ Looking for interesting places to go in Hokkaido: https://hokkaido.a4jp.com
Discussing Details of Moving in Conversation 1. 01 A: When can I move into my new house? 02 B: The current owners will be moving out on Tuesday, so technically you could pick up the keys and move in on Wednesday. 03 A: Will the utilities be turned on? 04 B: You need to contact the utility company and make arrangements to transfer the utilities to your name. 05 A: I really want to paint the walls right away and get the carpet cleaned. 06 B: If I were you, I would take a few days to take care of those things before you move in. 07 A: I was thinking that I should have my new appliances delivered as we are moving in. 08 B: That would be perfect. That way, someone will be there, but you will have them right away. 09 A: Can you help me on my move-in day? 10 B: I think that I have something else really important to do on that day. I just can’t remember what it is. Discussing Details of Moving in JACET8000 Word Level L5: technically (1), utilities (2), utility (1) L4: appliances (1)L2: bold words JET2020 Word Level SH = Senior High School; JH = Junior High School WordFrequencyLemma Word Form(s)Levelutility3utilities (2), utility (1)SHmoving2moving (2)SHcurrent1current (1)SHtechnically1technically (1)SHarrangement1arrangements (1)SHtransfer1transfer (1)SHappliance1appliances (1)SHowner1owners (1)JH2company1company (1)JH2carpet1carpet (1)JH2if1if (1)JH2deliver1delivered (1)JH2move4move (4)JH1will4will (4)JH1away2away (2)JH1into1into (1)JH1so1so (1)JH1could1could (1)JH1pick1pick (1)JH1key1keys (1)JH1need1need (1)JH1contact1contact (1)JH1paint1paint (1)JH1wall1walls (1)JH1were1were (1)JH1few1few (1)JH1care1care (1)JH1those1those (1)JH1thing1things (1)JH1before1before (1)JH1should1should (1)JH1as1as (1)JH1perfect1perfect (1)JH1way1way (1)JH1someone1someone (1)JH1there1there (1)JH1but1but (1)JH1them1them (1)JH1something1something (1)JH1else1else (1)JH1important1important (1)JH1just1just (1)JH1remember1remember (1)JH1 CEFR-J WordFrequencyLemma Word Form(s)POSLevelappliance1appliances (1)NOUNNAutility3utilities (2), utility (1)NOUNB2technically1technically (1)ADVB2deliver1delivered (1)VERBB1current1current (1)ADJB1arrangement1arrangements (1)NOUNB1transfer1transfer (1)VERBB1carpet1carpet (1)NOUNB1move5move (3), moving (2)VERBA2in3in (3)ADVA2perfect1perfect (1)ADJA2few1few (1)ADJA2on1on (1)ADVA2so1so (1)ADVA2up1up (1)ADVA2need1need (1)VERBA2contact1contact (1)VERBA2company1company (1)NOUNA2 Discussing Details of Moving in Conversation 2. A: What would be a good day to finally move into the house? B: You can pick up your keys on Tuesday night. When you actually move in is up to you. A: Will the electricity and water be on, […]
English Banking Vocabulary & Phrases English for Banking and Finance Banking and money related vocabulary/phrases related to finance are useful for English learners that are visiting or working in an English-speaking country for an extended period of time. When arriving in a new country to live and work, one of the first things we should do is open a bank account. In order to do this, we need to know various money and banking related phrases. When banking and dealing with financial issues, we tend to use certain key phrases and words. Using English at the bank can be a daunting prospect for some EFL students due to the specific vocabulary needed. Knowing some basic banking and money phrases will help in many situations, not only when dealing with banking and financial issues. Read on to find some of the most common banking and money vocabulary. We explore special terms and words you will hear at the bank, finance-related vocabulary you might want to use and interesting money-related idioms and slang expressions. Banking and Money Vocabulary money, loose change, coins, pennies, notes, bank notes cheque, bank book, paying in book to deposit / making a deposit – paying into your bank account making a withdrawal / to withdraw – taking money out of your bank account take money from your account – to debit (e.g. ‘your account has been debited’) to credit – to add money to your account (e.g. ‘your account has been credited’) balance – the amount of money in your account to be in credit – to have a positive bank balance to be overdrawn – to have a negative bank balance credit (noun) – credit allows a person to buy goods/services before payment, based on trust that payment will be made in the future debit card, credit card, store card – types of plastic cards used for making financial transactions Debit cards use money you already have in your account. Credit cards use money on ‘credit’ […]
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#JLPT #N4 #Nihogo See All Dialogues + The material below this is higher than level 4. Furonto de onegai wo suru.フロントでお願いをするAsking for help at the front reception desk. checkuin, onegai shimasu.1. チェックイン、お願いしますI’d like to check-in. フロントで何かが必要なとき、何かをして欲しい時は、 ○○、お願いします◯◯ onegai shimasu. のひと言で大丈夫です。 例 ・ チェックアウト[checku auto]、お願いします。[auto]は英語のautomaticのautoのような発音にはならず、[a][u][to]と発音されます。 ・ 鍵[kagi]、お願いします。(フロントで鍵を預けるとき、返してもらう時) ・ タクシー[takshi-]、お願いします。 ・ ルームサービス[ru-mu sa-bisu]、お願いします。 フロントで質問する waifai wa arimasu ka?2. Wi-Fiは、ありますか？Do you have Wi-Fi? 何かを探しているときは、○○は、ありますか？と聞いてみましょう。発音は、[○○wa arimasu ka]です。語尾を上げ調子に聞いてみましょう。 例 ・パスワード [pasuwa-do] は、ありますか？ ・ATM[e ti emu]は、ありますか？ ・地図[chizu]は、ありますか？ ・金庫[kinko]は、ありますか？ ・アイロン[airon]は、ありますか？ Daiyokujo wa doko desu ka?3. 大浴場は、どこですか？Where is the large public bath? 場所を聞く表現が、 ○○は、どこですか？○○wa doko desu ka? です。 大浴場とは、部屋にあるのとは別に、他のお客さんと一緒に使う大きなお風呂のことです。 はだかで大きなお風呂に入るのは少し恥ずかしいかもしれませんが、ぜひ一度体験してみてください。 例 ・エステ[esute] は、どこですか？ ・ジム [jimu] は、どこですか？ Ichiban chikai eki wa doko desu ka?4. 一番近い駅はどこですか？Where is the closest station? ホテルの最寄りの施設の場所を知りたい際は、 ・[chi]…英語のcheese のcheeのような音ですが、唇を丸めずに発音して下さい。 ichiban chikai ○○ wa doko desu ka?一番近い○○は、どこですか？ と尋ねましょう。 例 ichiban chikai sushiya ha, doko desu ka?・ 一番近い寿司屋は、どこですか？Where is the closest shushi shop? ・一番近いスーパー[su-pa-]は、どこですか？ Choshoku wa nanji desu ka?5. 朝食は何時ですか？What time is breakfast? 時間を尋ねる表現が ○○wa nanji desu ka?○○は何時ですか？What time is ___________? です。 また、日本のホテル・旅館はチェックアウト時間が早めのことも多いので、最初に チェックアウト[checku auto]は何時ですか？ と確認しておくと安心です。 ryogae wa dekimasu ka?6. 両替は、できますかCan I get some change? サービスの有無を尋ねる際は、 ○○ wa dekimasu ka?○○は、できますか？Can you ___________? と聞いてみましょう。 例 ・ルームサービス[ru-mu sa-bisu]は、できますか？ massa-ji wa, dekimasu ka?・マッサージは、できますか？Can you give me a massage? 部屋で困ったときの表現 Heya ni kite kudasai.7. 部屋に来て下さい。Please come to my room. 部屋でなにか困ったときは、「部屋に来て下さい」と電話でお願いしましょう。 shawa- ga tsukaemasen.8. シャワーが使えません。I can’t use the shower. 部屋で、何かの使い方が分からない時、何かが壊れてる時は、 ・[tsu]はcatsや、bootsのtsuの音です。t と s を離さないようにして下さい。 ○○ ga tsukaemasen.○○が使えません と相談しましょう。 例 ・ 金庫[kinko]が使えません。 ・ エアコン[eakon]が使えません。 ・ Wi-Fi [waifai] が使えません。 Chekkuauto no toki niチェックアウトのときにWhen checking-out. nimotsu wa azukeraremasu ka?9. 荷物は預けられますか？Can you take my bags? 日本のホテルのチェックアウトの時間は、朝の10時や11時と早いことが多いです。 部屋を出た後、まだスーツケース等はホテルに置いて、街の観光をしたい場合は、荷物は預けられますか？とフロントでお願いしましょう。 チェックアウトの際は Arigatou gozai mashita.ありがとうございました。Thank you very much. と言いましょう。 ホテルに忘れ物をしたら… kamera wo wasure mashita.10. カメラを忘れました。I forgot my camera. ◯◯ wo wasure mashita.◯◯を忘れました。I forgot ___________. で忘れ物を伝えることができます。 ホテルによっては、自国まで郵送してくれるところもありますよ。 例・ケータイ [ke-tai] を忘れました。 Higesori wo wasuremashita.・ひげそりを忘れました。I forgot to shave. [hi]…口を狭めて、上あごをこするようにして息を吐く音です。ドイツ語を勉強したことがある人なら、ドイツ語の ichのchiの音です。 ホテルの日本語 復習 Checku in onegai shimasu.1. チェックイン、お願いします。I’d like to check-in please. Waifaiwa arimasu ka?2. Wi-Fiは、ありますか？Do you have Wi-Fi? Daiyokujo wa doko desu ka?3. 大浴場は、どこですか？Where is the large public bath? Ichiban chikai eki wa doko desu ka?4. 一番近い駅はどこですか？Where is the closest station? Choshoku wa nanji desu ka?5. 朝食は何時ですか？What time is breakfast? Ru-mu sa-bisu wa dekimasu […]
Toxic Hotlinking | How to Prevent Image Hotlinking You can type this: inurl:yourwebsite.com -site:yourwebsite.com into to Google Image Search to see if people are hotlinking your files. After that you can just can change file names on your server to stop people hotlinking. In my case, I would search for this: inurl:agreatdream.com -site:agreatdream.com Then from the following pages change URLs or image addresses. Hope this helps you remove toxic hotlinking from your site. Whitelisting sites to link to your content Add a code snippet to your .htaccess file Go to the main file directory of your website and open your .htaccess file. Scroll to the end of it and paste in the following code: What this code does is prevent other sites other than yours, Facebook, Twitter, and Google from accessing your images. You’ll notice that there’s an additional line with an example of another whitelisted site. If there are other places you want to allow to use your images, go ahead and add them using the same format as the first two entries. Finally, look at the last line. It indicates which file formats you’ll apply the hotlink prevention rule to. If you’d like, you can add or remove file format options. Remember to replace the URLs in the example above with your own and save the changes to your file. And that’s it – you just blocked image hotlinking from your website at server level! What Inbound Links Trigger Google Penalties? Below, we list cases where you can get bad link penalties so you can avoid them in the future. We found the following penalty cases: Sponsored/paid links in posts, articles and blogs.Guest posting or press releases.Link networks.User spam.Web directories and listings of links.Spam.Direct ads with affiliate links.Business directories.Bookmarking sites.Widget links.Hidden links.Sitewide links. Tips to Avoid Penalties Do not promote products or services directly without using nofollow or sponsored attributes, such as rel=”sponsored”. Request “rel=sponsored” attributes when placing links to other sites.Avoid excessive keyword-rich anchors in the text (diversify keywords used so you […]
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View All Dialogues + English for Kids English for kids that want to improve their speaking skills. Part 1 Scene 1: In the classroom 0:10 Good morning. Good morning, everyone. How are you? Fine, thanks. How are you? Great! Come in, please. Nice to meet you. My name is Kate. Nice to meet you, too. Sit down, please. Thank you. Scene 2: In the hall, outside the music room 0:45 Singing ♪ Good morning. Good morning. Good morning. How are you? I’m fine (x2). I’m fine, thank you. This is the music room. Wow! They are good. La la la la la. Ha ha ha ha ha. Scene 3: In the hall and in the library 1:05 That’s the school library. Wow! Many books. Good afternoon, everyone. Good afternoon, Mr. Kim. My name is Kate. How are you? I’m great. Nice to meet you Kate. Scene 4: At Sally’s house 1:42 Hello. Hello, Sally. What’s this? It’s a book. What’s that? Ha ha. It’s a box. Wow! Wow! What’s that? It’s a pencil. Thank you. Your welcome. Wow! Pizza. Scene 5: In the dojo 2:51 Look they do Taekwondo. Wow! Who is he? He is my taekwondo teacher. Who is she? She is my friend. She is wonderful. Scene 6: At a concert 3:19 ♪ La la la la la la la.. Wow! Who is she? I don’t know. Mike, is she your mom? Yes, she’s my mom. Scene 7: At school 3:45 Let’s sing a song together. Great! I can’t sing. La la la la la… Scene 8: Walking bikes 4:04 What time do you get up? I get up at 6. I go to school at 7:30. Wow! You’re an early bird. Thank you. Look it’s a new bike. What a nice bike. Yes, it’s very nice. Whose bike is this? It’s Mike’s. Mike, is this your bike? Yes, it’s mine. Wow! You have a nice bike. Thanks. Scene 9: At school 4:55 What’s that? My birthday invitation. […]
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付加疑問文 Tag Questions + Dialogue Listen for the tag questions. View All Dialogues + Mari: You know what’s the worst? Alison: What? Mari: When you have to go to the bathroom so badly, and you just cannot find a public restroom. Alison: It’s so true, and there aren’t very many alternatives. Mari: No. And I feel like we’re so lucky in the US because we have a lot of public restrooms. If you’ve traveled extensively, you don’t always get to places that have them. Alison: Exactly. Mari: And then you realize… Pretty lucky. Now, the flip side of that is that they are not always the cleanest places, are they? Alison: I know! I always worry about my hygiene when I go in. I was in a public restroom the other day, and there were no soap dispensers and no paper towels. Mari: I understand. And sometimes, there’s a lack of privacy, like there’s not really doors, and the door doesn’t lock. But you know, when it’s an emergency, they’re your best resource. Alison: I am glad we have options. Discussion Mari and Jessica agree that public bathrooms have advantages and disadvantages. They are not usually clean places, and Jessica worries about her hygiene whenever she uses a public restroom. Also, because they are public, these bathrooms are often missing necessary supplies, like soap and paper towels. And they don’t always give people enough privacy.However, Mari and Jessica also think that, in an emergency situation, a public bathroom is a wonderful resource. Not every country has restrooms for people to use when they are traveling around town. Marni thinks people in the US should feel lucky because they have the option to use public restrooms, and Jessica agrees with her.Do you have many public bathrooms in your country? Are these bathrooms clean or dirty? Grammar Point Tag Questions 付加疑問文 Marni and Alison are talking about public bathrooms. Mari says, “Now, the flipside of that is that they are not always the cleanest places, are they?” She uses a tag question.Tag questions are two word tags added to the end of a statement to […]
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オンラインチャット – Online Chat The conversations below are based on real online chats. View All Dialogues + 会話 – Conversation 1 MilaHi. What’s up? Hello. The 1st personHi. What are you doing? MilaNothing much. Where are you from? The 1st personI’m from Japan. [Connection cuts] 会話 – Conversation 2 MilaHi Brian. Thank you Tony. Thank you Robert O. Where ya from? BrianI’m from Odori. I’m in a taxi on the way home. MilaSorry, I can’t hear ya properly. How ya doing? BrianI’m doing pretty good. MilaI don’t have your number Brian. What song should I listen to? BrianNo, I think that’s ok. What do you talk about in the group?How are you? How’s your day been? SharonI got my nails done. That’s all. BrianHow much is that? Sharon60 dollars. John60 dollars. That’s crazy. But if you like them I guess it’s okay. The last guy looked like the hamburger guy… SharonYeah he does. Let me check my inbox. JohnYou have beautiful eyes. SharonThank you. Where you from? JohnKentucky. SharonI’ve never been there. Sounds interesting. How do you unwind? Chillback, unwind, drink a wine. I don’t drink. [Connection cuts] Hi. Blacks nice. Hi. Good morning How are you? I’m fine. You from? You from? I’m from India. Nice. What’s up? Not much. I have some questions for you. Okay? Can you crack any bones? Favorite fast food? I don’t know. Favorite phone? Android. How are you? Not bad.How are you doing? Nice. Thank you. Where you from? India. Nice. I’m in the US now. Where you at? I’m in LA. Oh, I’m jealous. You can come down. I wish. Soon I’ll be coming to xxxx. So what do you do? Austin, thank you for the favorite. Hi Sam. I like Sam. Sam is cool.I’m good. How are you? Where are you from? Chicago. Lucky. I’m from x. Shit, it’s cold up here. Lol. Why should we date? Because I’m amazing. Lol… オンラインチャットの質問Questions for Students – Online Chat 1. What are common […]
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Here are a few dialogues between people at Sapporo Station. JR Hokkaido is the company View All Dialogues + Where is Stella Place? A: Excuse me. Where is Stella Place? B: It’s just over there. A: Okay. Thank you. Buying a ticket A: Excuse me. How much is a ticket to Otaru station? B: There are 3 stations there. Where do you want to go in Otaru? A: I want to see the canal. B: Okay. Catch a train to the final stop in Otaru. The ticket is 640 yen. But make sure you don’t get off at Otaru Minami or Otaru-chikko. About Sapporo Station Address: 4 Chome Kita 6 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0806 Opened: November 28, 1880 Station Code: 01 Japan’s train stations can be confusing. For example, JR Tokyo, JR Shinjuku, and JR Ueno are enormous maze-arrays of trains, subways, super ways, escalators, shops, underground passageways, and constantly-flowing crowds. Compared to them, JR Sapporo is a lot easier to use. Even when completely revamped in 2003, and despite serving a city of nearly two million people, JR Sapporo Station managed to remain self-contained and manageable. Coming from New Chitose Airport, you will disembark on an elevated platform with views of the city facing North and South. It’s a pleasant view of the city but follow the crowds downstairs to the main floor. You’ll pass by kiosks, shops, and if it’s wintertime, Sapporo denizens standing snugly around portable space heaters installed by the station. Winters in Hokkaido are quite cold, and JR Sapporo Station’s platforms are of course somewhat exposed to the elements. But not to worry. Keep walking: You’ll feel the station sharply warm up by degrees the closer you get to the exit ticket gates, which face East and West.
Posted by 03/12thon03/12th Comments Off on Peru: Ivan
About Peru Peru is a country in South America. That’s home to a section of Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains. The region around Machu Picchu is rich in archaeological sites. Especially the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco. On Peru’s arid Pacific coast is Lima, the capital, with a preserved colonial center and important collections of pre-Columbian art. Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel. Located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 2,430 meter mountain ridge. It is located in Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District, above the Sacred Valley. It is 80 kilometers northwest of Cuzco, through which the Urubamba River flows. In 2005, there were over 400,000 visitors. That made their way to the top of the mountain to see the beautiful views. About Myself – Transcript My name is Ivan and I am from Peru. My question is how did you learn English? Well, it all started when I was in high school and my teacher told me I had a good command of the English language, and that I should study it to speak it fluently. That motivated me, and I decided to change all of my habits and do things differently. I started to watch TV shows in English, movies in English. Pretty much everything in my life changed to the point where everything I did involved the English language. Little by little, I started to learn more, new words, new phrases, and so I decided it was time to take it a step further. So I entered an institute and started to learn the English language professionally. Once in there, I entered into a website where I met a lot of people from all over the world speaking English. And to this day some of these people continue to be my friends and I practice English with them every day.
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When you go to a restaurant, you usually know what is going to happen and that is because eating at a restaurant usually follows a set script. The waiters aren’t given one to memorize, of course. But even so, waiters and waitresses usually stick to a very narrow range of English phrases. Here is what you can usually expect to hear when going to a restaurant.
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Romance – 相手に会う – Meeting People – レッスン 49 会話Conversation Romance 普通のスピードNormal Speed 遅いスピードSlower 会話文と音声Transcript and Audio Vickyもしもし。Hello? Benもしもし、ビッキー。Hi Vicky. Vickyもう着いてる？Are you there yet? Benうん。Yes. Vicky今地下鉄を降りた所。もうすぐ。遅れてごめん。I just got off the subway. I’m almost there. Sorry I’m late. Ben全然大丈夫。中にいるって伝えたかっただけ。That’s no problem. I just wanted to tell you I’m inside. Vickyどこ？Where are you? Ben2階。On the second floor. Vicky私が2階に行く？ベンが１階に来る？Should I come to the second floor or do you want to come to the first floor? Ben2階に来て。Come upstairs. Vickyえっ、何？What? Ben聞こえる？2階に来てって言ったんだ。Oh, Can you hear me OK? I said, come to the second floor. Vickyああ、分かった．何してるの？Oh, OK. What are you doing there? Ben英語の勉強の仕方の本を探しているんだ。Just looking at some books on how to learn English. Vicky後で何か食べる？Do you want to get something to eat later? Benううん、僕夕食したからまだお腹いっぱいなんだ。No, I’m still full from dinner. Vicky何しようか？What do you want to do? Benよく分からない。着いたら話そう。I don’t know for sure. When you get here we’ll talk about it. Vickyいいよ。じゃ後で。OK, see you soon. Benバーイ。Bye. 質問Questions ビッキーさんはどこですか？1. Where is Vicky? ベンさんは何をしていますか？2. What is Ben doing? 何階で彼らが会うのだろうか？3. Which floor will they meet on? どのぐらいの頻度で地下鉄に乗っていますか？4. How often do you catch the subway? 札幌駅に行ったことがありますか？5. Have you ever been to Sapporo Station? 単語練習リスト – Study Vocabulary 全ての会話を表示 – View All Dialogues 例文Other Useful Phrases 独身ですか？（どくしん ですか？）Are you single? きれいだよ。You look beautiful. なかなかカッコいいよ。 (なかなか かっこいいよ。)You look pretty sharp. 今度一緒にどこかに遊びに行きませんか？ (こんど いっしょに どこかに あそびに いきませんか？)Do you want to go out sometime? 今度どこかに一緒にデートしない？ (こんど どこかに いっしょに でーとしない？)Do you want to go on a date sometime?Let’s go on a date sometime. At a Cafe or Bar ここに誰か座ってる？ (ここに だれか すわってる？)Is someone sitting here? よくここに来るの？ (よく ここに くるの？)Do you come here often? 前に会ったことあったっけ？ (まえに あったこと あったっけ？)Have I seen you here before? At a Bar or Club 乾杯！！（かんぱい）Cheers! 一杯おごらせてください。 (いっぱい おごらせてください。)Allow me to buy you a drink. 一杯おごりますよ。 (いっぱい おごりますよ。)Can I buy you a drink? 踊りましょう。（おどりましょう。）Let’s dance! Romance
Posted by 06/13thon06/13th Comments Off on Medical English
メディカル英会話 – Medical English – Blood Test Getting a Blood Test from a Medical Laboratory Technician View All Dialogues + Blood test related conversations and situations. MLT = Medical Laboratory Technician cannula = a thin tube inserted into a vein or body cavity to administer medication, drain off fluid, or insert a surgical instrument. 1. Conversation At A Blood Lab At the blood test lab: Patient採血のためにこの検査室に来たのですが。I came to this lab to have my blood drawn. MLTここで良いですよ。左袖を上げて座ってください。You are in the right place. Roll up your left sleeve and have a seat. Patient何の検査なのですか？What am I being tested for? MLT医師はあなたの白血球の数値を知りたいのですよ。Your doctor wants to know what your white blood cell count is. Patient白血球の数値で彼は何が分かるのですか？What does my white blood cell count tell him? MLT普通は白血球の数値が異常であれば、医師は感染症を疑います。Usually if your white count is off, the doctor suspects an infection. Patientどれくらい痛いの？How much will it hurt? MLTちょっとちくっとするだけですよ。駆血帯を腕に巻いて血管を見つけやすくしますから。It is only a pin prick. I have to put this tourniquet on your arm to make the vein easier to find. Patient私の血液がその採血管に入るのですか？Is that my blood going into that tube? MLT必要な分だけ採血管に取ります。お疲れさまでした。That blood that just filled the tube is all that I needed. Thanks for coming in! 2. Conversation About A Blood Test Your doctor has requested a blood test: Patient医師が血液検査が必要と言っています。My doctor says that I need a blood test. MLT私が採血しますので、座って左袖を上げてください。I can help you with that. Just have a seat and roll up your left sleeve. Patient血液で何を調べるのですか？What are you taking my blood for? MLT医師は白血球の数値を知りたいのです。Your doctor has requested a check of your white blood count. Patientどんな情報が知りたいのですか？What information does that give him? MLTもし白血球の数値が異常であれば、体のどこかに感染症の疑いがあるからです。If your white blood cell count is off, it could signal an infection somewhere in your body. Patient血液検査は痛いですか？Is a blood test painful? MLT駆血帯を腕に巻いて血管を浮き上がらせるので、ちょっとだけちくっとするだけですよ。I am putting a tourniquet on your arm to plump up the vein. It will only feel like a little pin prick. Patient痛っ！！My God, that hurts! MLT終わりましたよ。今日はお疲れさまでした。That was it! Thank you for coming in today. 3. Conversation Ouch! There we go. Patient医師にここで採血するようにと指示されました。The doctor sent me over here to have my blood drawn. MLT分かりました、おかけになって左袖を上げてください。Certainly, please have a seat and roll up your left sleeve. Patient何のための検査ですか？What is this […]
Posted by 03/29thon03/29th Comments Off on Lost and Found Offices in Sapporo
Lost and Found Offices in Sapporo How do I claim or report items? Report lost or found items as soon as possible to the appropriate company, either in person or by calling and telling them what you found (see below for contact information). You, or someone you appoint, will only have a few days to get the item from the operator if it is something you lost. Most items that are not claimed are usually transferred to a police station where they will be kept for about three months. Lost & Found Below is a list of the main lost and found offices in Sapporo. Subway/streetcar: If you are riding on a subway train or streetcar and forget your belongings please call the Transportation Bureau Lost and Found Center on 011-241-2938 Bus: For all items lost on buses please inquire at the nearest office of the bus company you used. Taxi: In Sapporo there is one company that looks after all lost and found items. Unless you catch a taxi that is from another area like Ebetsu, call the Sapporo Taxi Association on 011-561-1173 to find missing items. Japanese website: https://hokuhakyo.or.jp/contact/ At New Chitose Airport (CTS) For items lost at the check-in counter, at the departure gate or onboard the airplane, contact your airline.ANA and ADO tel. 23-45-5112JAL tel. 0123-45-2141SKY tel. 0123-45-6166For items lost in the terminals, go to the information counter or contact the Airport’s Lost & Found at +81(0)123-46-5413.For items lost in the JR Concourse call 0123-45-7001For items lost in the parking area: Area A – tel. 0123-45-70061Area B – tel. 0123-45-8338 Lost Articles On The Street: For items lost on the street, go to the nearest police station or police box. For items left on the subway or on buses, contact the relevant transportation company. A4JP Design Studio Lost and Found Section Did you lose something? See Glen Rowell, located at 506 Asahi Plaza Kairakuen, North 6 West 6, 2-1, North Ward, Sapporo. Items turned in, will end up in this […]
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?/trackback ?/trackbackIf you are searching for this you will have to contact us for more details. We turned off the trackbacks. What is a trackback? A trackback allows websites to notify people about an update or updates. It is one of four types of linkback methods for authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their pages or stories. This enables writers to keep track of who is linking to their articles. Some websites, based on SilverStripe, WordPress, Drupal, and Movable Type, support automatic pingbacks. With automatic pingbacks all the links in a published article can be pinged when the article is published. The term colloquially means any kind of linkback. Can Trackback links help your SEO performance? The downside with trackbacks is that they are heavily abused by web spammers. Website owners that want to improve their own SEO send pingbacks to sites in the hope that they will be approved, thus earning a link from the page. Typically, the links are nofollowed. However, web spammers hope to receive links from sites that are dofollowed and that also auto-approve their links. Should trackback links be a part of your SEO? In theory, approving trackback links on your site won’t benefit your site. However, if your site links out to other sites and receives trackback links, then it is possible that your site could earn benefits in Google’s eyes. You can link out naturally by citing sources on the web. But getting valuable links from trackbacks would be more of a ‘nice to have’. If you notice trackback links to your site, check to make sure they are indexed. You can ping a linking site’s RSS in order to get trackback links indexed. Ping-o-matic is a great tool for this too. Watch this video for more information.
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税関 空港 – Customs – Airport Immigration Conversation 空港税関【くうこうぜいかん】Kuukouzeikan View All Dialogues + Travel – English Dialogues 空港の税関職員から聞かれる英語の質問 Questions you may be asked by a Customs Officer. 1. パスポートを見せてもらえますか？May I see your passport? 2. どこから出航しましたか？Where did you fly in from? 3. どこから（どの空港から）来ましたか？Where are you coming from? 4. 訪問の目的は何ですか？What is the purpose of your visit? 5. どのくらい滞在する予定ですか？How long do you intend to stay? 6. どこに滞在しますか？Where will you be staying? 7. 何か申告するものはありますか？Do you have anything to declare? 税関での会話 Customs Conversation 空港税関 Officerパスポートを見せてもらえますか？May I see your passport please? Youはい、どうぞ。Yes, here you are. Officerどこから出航しましたか？（どの空港から来ましたか？）Where did you fly from? You札幌からです。From Sapporo. Officer訪問の目的は何ですか？What is the purpose of your visit? You休暇です。I’m on holiday. Officerどのくらい滞在する予定ですか？How long are you planning to stay? Youちょうど二週間です。Just two weeks. Officerどこに滞在しますか？Where will you be staying? Youマリオットホテルです。At The Marriott. Officer以前ハワイに行ったことはありますか？Have you ever been to Hawaii before? Youいいえありません。No, I haven’t. Officer何か申告する事はありますか？Do you have anything to declare? Youいいえありません。No, I don’t. Officerありがとうございました。ご滞在をお楽しみ下さい。Thank you. Enjoy your stay. Youありがとうございました。Thank you. 質問Questions 1. What is the purpose of the traveler’s visit? 2. Has the traveler every been to America before? 3. What is the name of the hotel the traveler will stay at? 4. Have you ever had any trouble while you were overseas on a holiday? 5. Which country would you like to visit and why? 空港のチェックインChecking in at an airport アメリカの税関システムThe U.S. Customs System 空港税関 (ぜいかんくうこう) View All Dialogues + □ fly飛行機で旅行するWhere are you flying to today?今日は どこまで 行きますか？ I’m flying to San Diego via Los Angeles.ロサンゼルス経由で サンディエゴまで 行きます ＊ まだ搭乗する前でも 行為（飛行機で移動する事）が 確定している場合、 I’m going to fly… と同様に I’m flying to … 現在進行形を 使うことができます。（アメリカ口語） □ stopover (国際線 24時間以内の）乗継ぎ時間、短期滞在I have a stopover in Los Angeles. Do I need to pick up my checked bag there?ロサンゼルスで 乗り継ぎの待ち合わせ時間 があります。 荷物をそこで 受け取る必要がありますか？ check my bag （カウンターで）荷物を預ける ⇔ claim my bag （目的地で）荷物を引き取る stopover: a brief period of time when you stop at a place during a journeyex) We have a six-hour stopover [=layover] in Tokyo. 入国審査のとき、知っておくと便利な英単語 さいごに、入国審査のときに役立つ英単語をまとめてみました。 税関 空港 入国管理 immigration/passport control入国審査官 immigration officer税関 customs税関申告書 customs declaration form目的 purpose観光 sightseeing遊び pleasure休暇 vacation仕事 business訪問 visit職業 occupation会社員 office worker申告する declare
Installing Adobe CS6 (Creative Suite) in the wrong language Did you just get a copy of Adobe CS6 (Creative Suite) only to find out it installs in the wrong language? If you did, like I did, then maybe these steps below will help you get it installing in the correct language. This should also work if you downloaded the trial of Adobe CS6, and it isn’t installing in English or your main language either. The reason for this problem is usually the region and language settings. Installing Adobe CS6 Creative Suite Here are the steps for installing and hopefully fixing the Adobe CS6 Creative Suite when it is coming up with the wrong language: 1. Open the Control Panel 2. Open Region and Language settings 3. On the Formats tab change the format to English (or your native language) Format: English (United States) 4. Try installing or reinstalling again. Feel free to email me through the contact page if you find a better way of fixing this problem. Any support or help on fixing problems like this is greatly appreciated. As a teacher and designer, I’m quite happy with the CS6 Master Collection. One day, I would like to upgrade to the new Creative Cloud version but Adobe still hasn’t fixed the line drawing problems in the software. Also after 3 years of going through support through different versions of the software, I kind of gave up on wasting my time talking to Adobe. Consumer Affairs give them a bit of a whipping for breaking the law though lol. It’s a pity they used so much money on lawyers to avoid fixing bugs instead of paying a few programmers to do the actual work that needed to be done. Companies like Adobe should employ more people and help communities flourish in my opinion. There are quite a few new companies offering amazing programs out there for free these days. And I like to get involved in groups that help others. It’s nice […]
Adobe Keeps Quiet About TWAIN Drivers No updates for the 32-bit TWAIN scanner… Adobe released 32 and 64 bit versions of Photoshop CS6 but forgot to mention it wouldn’t work with most scanners out of the box. By leaving in the 32 bit version of Photoshop on the installation DVD they said to many users to use that version instead… The main problem is the TWAIN driver is missing from the installation DVD. TWAIN Driver for 64 Bit Operating System? Sean Nelson • Forum Pro • Posts: 11,988 In reply to Ron AKA • Nov 22, 2013 Ron AKA wrote: My investigation of the issue with Epson has kind of come to a dead end. They say that nobody has bothered to write a 64 bit TWAIN driver. And that is the reason it does not work. They blame Adobe and Microsoft, but it seems to me that Epson has to share some responsibility too. The lack of a driver isn’t the real issue, it’s the fact that the industry group who came up with the TWAIN standard never updated it for use in a 64-bit environment. The WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) standard is for 64-bit software and I guess the TWAIN group figured there wasn’t any reason to re-invent the wheel. So the software ecosystem simply doesn’t exist for 64-bit TWAIN. There’s no point in Epson writing a 64-bit TWAIN driver. There is no standard for it and there’s no other 64-bit software that would be able to interface with it. If you want to do the stuff that TWAIN did in a 64-bit environment (i.e, scan directly into image processing software such as PhotoShop), WIA is the technology to use. I personally wasn’t satisfied with the WIA interfaces. So I ended up just using the scan-to-file utility that came with my Epson scanner. I open the scanned files with the software I use now (primarily Photoshop).
The Art of Website Trackback Etiquette Trackback Etiquette: Using trackbacking as a traffic building tool is a fine art. Many bloggers make the mistake of going trackback crazy before their blog has enough or even any content. This may bring new readers in but they will not stay long or bookmark your site as you don’t give them a reason to. It is also important to know your place in the blog hierarchy. The really popular bloggers are trackbacked constantly so you will not likely get their attention by trackbacking because you will be one of many. You need to carefully pick and choose who you trackback and when you trackback if you want to use it for building your blog traffic. Trackback spam is also a big problem nowadays, so when you receive a trackback to your blog, make sure you check to see the blog that initiated it, it could be a spam blog. You will know this because the blog doesn’t have any original content, it just republishes the content of other blogs. I suggest you delete any trackback spam and only let the real trackbacks from real blogs go through live on to your blog or website. Try some trackbacks today and see if it will open doors to new relationships with other bloggers. Here’s to your blogging success, Yaro Starak from Entrepreneurs-Journey Edited by Glen Rowell
Trackback Links Trackback links are one of four types of linkback methods. They allow website companies or authors to request a notification. The notification is to show when somebody links to one of their web pages or documents. They enable them to keep track of who is linking to their articles. Some weblog software and content management systems, such as SilverStripe, WordPress, Drupal, and Movable Type, support automatic pingbacks. Pingbacks allow links in a published article to ping when published. Pingbacks are automated and don’t send any content. The term trackback is for any kind of linkback. How To Send A Trackback Each blogging software system handles trackbacks differently. Bloggers can also choose to switch them off or require every one be approved before going live. Don’t be surprised when you send a trackback and it doesn’t show up. It may have nothing to do with you. Some websites will trackback automatically, or attempt to, especially if they are the same format. For example a WordPress blog trackbacking a WordPress blog. In that case as long as you include a link to the other blog’s post your blog will attempt a trackback. This is sometimes also called a pingback. Usually you have to manually enter a trackback URI into the blog entry you are creating. You can find the URI at the end of most blog posts. Take a look at your blog posts for the term Trackback URI or something similar. URL = Uniform Resource Locator, a fancy name for a link URI = Uniform Resource Identifier, another fancy name for a link In WordPress and for each blog post I make there is a trackback input box section for entering trackback URIs. I copy and paste the trackback URI from the blog entry I want to link to and when I click publish my blog will send the trackback. My blog will also confirm when a trackback has been sent after publishing my post. How To Get Traffic If you follow […]
If you just pressed enter or clicked on the search icon in the text field you probably ended up here. When you just press enter this website will look for “Search: type hit enter“. Type the keyword to find specific pages or try a few links from the side menu. Thank you for taking your time to look at this site. If you have any questions feel free to email us anytime. verb 1. Try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly. “I searched among the rocks, but I couldn’t find the phone I dropped.” Synonyms hunt, look, explore, forage, fish about/around, look high and low, cast about/around/round, ferret (about/around), root about/around, rummage about/around… noun 1. An act of looking for someone or something. “the police carried out a thorough search of the premises looking for clues” Synonyms hunt, look, exploration, scout, probe, dig, digging, forage, foraging, scavenge, scavenging, ferreting (about/around), rummage, rummaging about/around, rooting about/around, rifling, scouring, quest, pursuit of, seeking after “we continued our search for a hotel until we found a nice place to stay in” searching for, hunting for, after, seeking, looking for, on the lookout for, in quest of, in pursuit of, on the track of, questing after, chasing after “they were forced to travel in search of new places to find food in”
Clinical Virology Clinical virology meeting files can be downloaded from this link below: Click to Download Regards, Glen We are very pleased to announce that the 55th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Clinical Virology will be held in Sapporo, on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of June, 2014. For the convenience of participants who will be attending the event, we have a special accommodation and air ticket plan run through Kinki Nippon Tourist Hokkaido Co. LTD., Sapporo City hotels may be fully booked on this weekend in June, so we recommend contacting us as soon as possible. Thank you for your time. Kinki Nippon Tourist Hokkaido Co., Ltd .Sapporo corporate travel branch Notice Application Date: January 20th, 2014 (Mon) to May 14th, 2014 (Wed) Sapporo City Accommodation Information Application deadline: May 14, 2014 (Wed) Dates: June 13, 2014 (Fri) to June 15 (Sun) Plan No.HotelNameRoomTypePlanCodeRates Per Personper Night with Breakfast(tax included)AccessARoyton SapporoTwin Room2 personAT13,000 yenConferenceVenue3-minute walk from the Tozai Subway Line(11-chome Station) Twin Room1 personAX15,000 yenBSapporo Prince HotelTwin Room2 personBT12,000 yen 6/14 (Sat) 2,000 yen extra 3-minute walk from the Tozai Subway Line (11-chome Station) Twin C1 personBX18,000 yen6/14 (Sat)2,000 yen extra CSapporo Grand HotelSingle RoomCS16,000 yen6/13 (Fri)1,500 yen extra6/14 (Sat)1,500 yen extra 8-minute walk from the Sapporo JR Station southwest exitTwin Room2 personCT13,000 yen6/13 (Fri)1,500 yen extra6/14 (Sat)1,500 yen extra Twin Room1 personC X22,000 yen6/13 (Fri)1,500 yen extra6/14 (Sat)1,500 yen extra DWashington Hotel SapporoSingle RoomDS12,000 yen 6/13 (Fri) 1,000 yen extra 6/14 (Sat) 1,000 yen extra 1-minute walk from the Sapporo JR Station southwest exitTwin Room2 personDT10,000 yen6/13 (Fri)1,000 yen extra6/14 (Sat)1,000 yen extra EHotelResol Trinity SapporoSingle RoomES10,500 yen 6/13 (Fri) 1,000 yen extra 6/14 (Sat) 1,000 yen extra 1-minute walk from the Odori Subway StationTwin Room2 personET10,000 yen6/13 (Fri)1,000 yen extra6/14 (Sat) 1,000 yen extra FToyoko INNSapporo Station North ExitSingle RoomFS7,400 yen2-minute walk from the Sapporo JR Station north exitTwin Room2 personFT4,700 yen [Note] Hotel rates are per person, per […]
How to Study in Six Simple Steps Space (1) How to Study: It is easier to study when you are in a comfortable space. Make room, mentally and physically, for studying. Take a deep breath and pause for a moment before you start. Remember the types of things that make you comfortable. Place (2) Personalize your workspace. Pace (3) Notice the way you like to work, and adjust your pace accordingly. If you work slowly just allow more time to study. 10 minutes break for 30 minutes study works for a lot of people. Memory (4) Our brains are wired to remember the first and last things best. So use this to your advantage by putting the most important bits of information there. Method (5) It’s always good to have a plan. However big or complex your task may look at first sight, with a feasible plan you can always find a way to manage it. When studying, break your biggest goal into smaller chunks or tasks. It’s best if each of these chunks consists of a single topic. Often, you’ll discover one or two key elements that stand out and get fixed in your mind. You can then use those as building blocks. Classic tricks used by memory professionals include ‘the house of memory’ where you place everything you want to remember in unique locations in the house. It’s also useful to use humor — play with your key-words and make them funny or outrageous. You’ll be surprised at how much easier they are to memorize. Mind maps (6) A mind map is rough diagram that you can make to visually outline information. You can create a mind map by starting with the primary word or phrase of a topic in the center, with related, lesser categories branching out from it. Subcategories of these are on smaller branches, still. Your categories can consist of anything you think is important; they can be important terms, ideas, or tasks to complete — […]
???Search:????type+Enter????? ???Search:????type+Enter????? shows up in your search if your browser can’t display Japanese characters. How to fix the problem If you are using Windows 10, you might need to change your regional setting to get the Japanese font loading or add a language pack to your PC. Watch the videos below for more ideas on fixing the problem. ???Search:????type+Enter????? This article applies to: Platform(s): Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP SYMPTOMS A program displays in an incorrect language. CAUSE The system locale is not set to use the language of choice. SOLUTION Notes You must be logged in with an account that has administrative privileges in order to change the system locale. The appropriate language packs should be installed on the operating system. View the System Locale settings for Windows Click Start, then Control Panel Click Clock, Language and Region Windows 10, Windows 8: Click Region Windows 7: Click Region and Language Windows XP: Click Regional and Language Options The Region and Language options dialog appears. Click the Administrative tab On Windows XP, click the Advanced tab If there is no Advanced tab, then you are not logged in with administrative privileges. Under the Language for non-Unicode programs section, click Change system locale and select the desired language. Click OK Restart the computer to apply the change. View Homepage
Your Current Search If you are looking for a certain thing and can’t find it, use our menu on the right side of this site, or try our search engine :) Navigation If a navigation bar is the roadmap to a website, it’s probably best to show every page there, right? That way people are sure to find what they need… Actually, not so much. Many people take the “more is more” approach to their top (or side) navigation menu—the logic being that if visitors need to find something, at least they’ll be able to find it in the main menu. The thing is, navigation menus work best when they are short and sweet. There’s a few reasons for this: User experience: A short menu is easier and faster for people to read through—if they have to hunt through lots of options, they are more likely to bounce. Search engine optimization (SEO): A short, clear menu makes it easier for search engines to navigate, understand, and index your site. Design: Most website templates are designed with one line of navigation in mind. Adding more than that can make your navigation look crowded, hard to read, and in some cases “break” the style of your website. Does the navigation bar need help? One way to assess a website is to simply count the number of menu items in the navigation. A good rule of thumb is to keep it to no more than seven choices. Any more than that, and you may be stretching your readers’ attention spans. Another sign is if you see the navigation breaking onto two lines. If this is happens, it’s a good idea to reconsider the presentation of pages.
DCW Discount DCW (Digital Camera Warehouse) is offering English students great discounts on cameras and also photography lessons. If interested, contact their stores in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. *Free delivery of products, Australia wide. Glen (^-^)v Sapporo Eikaiwa AGREATDREAM DWC FAQs Buying from Us How can I contact you or buy from you? We have 4 stores (Brisbane, Melbourne and 2 in Sydney). Plus we have a contact centre available during the same trading hours as all of our stores. Call us on 1300 365 220. You can also order right here on our website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our prices are the same in our stores, over the phone and online. Are the prices you advertise (online and in-store) the best price you can do? Yes they are. We have the same price in-store, online and on the phone. Every customer has the same opportunities to get a great price regardless of where they shop. Our sales teams in our stores and on the phone talk to our customers about product, not price. No haggling, no deals. Just real customer service. The first priority of our sales team is to listen, then to ask relevant questions to find out what our customer needs in a camera or accessory. And then our sales team can help narrow down the search and make sure our customer gets the right product. That’s our priority. Are there any extra charges for using my credit card? There is no charge when using MasterCard or Visa credit cards. Amex cards incur a 2% surcharge. Shipping and Handling Will you ship my order? Yes. We ship anywhere in Australia. If any part of your item is temporarily out of stock we will ship what we have and ship the rest as soon as it comes in. You will only be charged one delivery fee. How much will shipping and handling cost? Shipping and handling is a one-off charge. The shipping and handling […]
Study Tips – Below are a few ideas on studying English effectively. There are many ways to study English, but many students ask which is the most effective. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a single answer that is right for every student. However… I can certainly give advice. Here are some helpful guidelines as to how to study that should help. Warming-up to Study English Just as there are exercises to help you warm up before you play some basketball or other sport, there are exercises which can help you warm up to study English. Here are some simple exercises to help you warm up. How to Study EffectivelyStudy Tips 1: Activate Your Vocabulary Activate your vocabulary by thinking or speaking briefly about the subject you are about to work on. For example, if you are going to study English on topics that focuses on vacations, take a moment to think about your last vacation, what you did, what you enjoyed, etc. This simple exercise will help your brain warm-up to vocabulary that you are likely to encounter as you study English about this particular subject. 2: Activate Your Grammar Activate your grammar by thinking about the general grammar area before you begin to study. For example, if you are going to study English grammar focusing on the past, stop to think about what you did last weekend, where you went, etc. to help activate what you already understand about using the past. As with activating vocabulary, you’ll help your brain bring up what it knows about the past simple in an easy way before you begin to focus on studying English grammar in detail. 3: Sing a Song Before class begins, or before you sit down to study English sing a song in English to yourself. Make sure to use a song that you understand and know very well. This short and fun exercise will help your brain focus on the English language in a relaxing manner. It’s […]
Hokkaido Explorer: If you are in Hokkaido and looking for English travel information check out this new website. It has stories and videos about food, drinks, famous places and people around Hokkaido. Hokkaido Explorer ・ 北海道エクスプローラー hokkaidoexplorer.com Hokkaido Tour Guide If you are looking for hotels or information on Hokkaido, another website you can check out is https://hokkaido.a4jp.com It has hotel and event information mainly for East Hokkaido. The North Island Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is known for its volcanoes, natural hot springs (onsens) and ski areas. Daisetsuzan National Park is home to steaming, volcanic Mount Asahi. Shikotsu-Tōya National Park contains caldera lakes, geothermal springs and a Mount Fuji look-alike called Mount Yōtei. If you are looking for a popular ski resort you can visit areas like Rusutsu, Furano and Niseko, also smaller ski areas like Onze and Bunkei too. Hokkaido Explorer Area: 83,450 km²Weather: 0°C, Wind NW at 6 m/s, 77% HumidityPopulation of Hokkaido: 5,381,733 (Oct 1st, 2015, Census)Older Population of Hokkaido: 5.474 million (Mar 31, 2012, Wiki), 5,506,419 (Oct 1st, 2010, Census)…Capital: SapporoPeak: Asahi-dakeFormerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso…It ranks first in national production of agricultural products: including beef, corn, wheat, soybeans, potatoes, sugar beet, onions, pumpkins, and raw milk. Hokkaido also accounts for 22% of Japan’s forests with a sizable timber industry.Japan’s coldest region, Hokkaido has relatively cool summers and icy/snowy winters. Snowfall varies widely from as much as 11 meters (400 in) on the mountains adjacent to the Sea of Japan down to around 1.8 meters (71 in) on the Pacific coast. Education Hokkaido has 37 universities (7 national, 5 local public, and 25 private universities), 34 junior colleges, and 5 colleges of technology (4 national and 1 local public colleges).Colleges and Universities: Hokkaido University, Hokkai Gakuen University, Hokkaido University of Science, Hokkaido University of Education, Sapporo Medical University, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido… Population of Japan: 126,476,461 (Oct 1st, 2020, Census)
Candor Candor Definition: open and honest; sincerity of expression; openness; frankness. ˈkandə noun “a lady of refreshing candour” “he spoke with a degree of candour unusual in political life” Candor Synonyms: frankness, openness, honesty, candidness, truthfulness, sincerity, forthrightness, directness, lack of restraint, straightforwardness, plain-spokenness, plain dealing, plainness, calling a spade a spade, unreservedly, bluffness, bluntness, outspokenness; informal telling it like it is “Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Johnson offered assurances of Britain’s friendship and stressed the importance of “candor” in their relationship.” Produce more ideas Candor generates more diverse or creative ideas because people don’t get fixated on the first idea that’s put on the table, avoiding the problems of idea anchoring and clustering. In traditional brainstorming, the first idea put on the table often becomes a point of fixation. Avoid Bias People’s candid, unbiased views come to light because they generate ideas free of social pressure. Reviewing all the ideas at the beginning of the meeting gives everyone a voice, maximizing the creative potential in the room. In traditional brainstorming, when a majority of the room supports an idea, people with different points-of-view rarely speak up. Save Time Candor is extremely efficient. Spend less time in meetings and more time getting things done. This is a far more efficient process to put a lot more ideas on the table. In traditional brainstorming, ideas are generated sequentially — a team might spend 10 minutes discussing the first idea before turning to the second. HOW TO USE CANDOR Candor works by decoupling the generation of ideas from the evaluation of ideas. First, people generate ideas privately at the beginning of the meeting, before they learn the opinions of the other people in the room. Then the team reviews all the ideas generated before evaluating them. Before the Meeting 1. Invite Your Team. Send your question or problem to the members of your brainstorming team. 2. Generate Ideas Privately. Ask people to generate ideas before the meeting begins or devote the first […]
Singular (adjective) Singular is an adjective that means individual or only one thing. GRAMMAR It’s a word or form denoting or referring to just one person or thing. For example: “The third person singular form of the verb.” 2. exceptionally good; great; remarkable “He had the singular good fortune of not meeting any of the judges before the contest. It surprised them when he stepped out onto the stage and began dancing.” GRAMMAR 1. An individual word or form. Synonyms for Singular: remarkable, extraordinary, exceptional, outstanding, striking, signal, eminent, especial, particular, notable, noteworthy, conspicuous, distinctive, impressive; rare, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, superior, superlative, amazing, astonishing, phenomenal, astounding, sensational, spectacular Informal synonyms: tremendous, awesome, fantastic, fabulous, terrific, stupendous, unreal “The success of the appeal demonstrates the gallery’s singular capacity to attract sponsors and new visitors.” How to Memorize Vocabulary Part 1: Creating Associations Create word associations when you’re learning vocabulary in your native or foreign language. Associations can help you memorize new words quickly. And absurd, vivid, or ridiculous associations are the most likely to help you retain your new vocabulary.If you’re learning a foreign language, associate new words with words in your native language. If a new word resembles a word in your native tongue, create a mental image association between the native word and the new word. For example, the French word “vin”, meaning wine, sounds similar to the English word “van” so you might make a visual association of a van full of wine to help you remember. learning new words in your own language Word associations are also helpful if you’re learning a new word in your own language. For example, the beginning of the word “curtail,” which means to cut short, resembles the beginning of the word “curtain,” so you can make a mental association of curtains cut too short to help you remember “curtail.”When creating word associations, be sure to visualize the image vividly and to review it in your head several times a day so the association […]