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New Books!

We are happy to announce that Read to Write Junior will be ready for shipping by the end of this month. It took us longer than we thought, but we are very happy with the result. We hope you will…

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Sochi 2014

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Sochi-2014.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] Sorry I didn’t have time to do an entry last week. Things are really crazy at the moment because the new house is almost ready, but there are still lots of things that need to…

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The Old Boys' Club (Feedback)

Thanks for all your input. The blog is much easier for me to read now that all the comments are relatively short, and it’s nice to see more and more people contributing to the discussion.

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The Old Boys' Club

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/The-Old-Boys-Network.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] Last weekend, the people of Tokyo went to the polls to choose a new governor. Actually, most of them didn’t bother going at all, but that is a different topic.

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Tattoos (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. It was really nice to see comments both from new people and from others who we haven’t heard from for a while.

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Tattoos

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Tattoos.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] This week, I would like to try an experiment. These days, a lot of very high-level English speakers comment on this blog, which is great, but I sometimes worry that lower-level learners will be a…

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The Taiji Dolphins (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments on this very difficult topic. As I said, I had a suspicion that most Japanese people were not aware of how much of a stir this story causes in other countries, so I’m glad I…

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The Taiji Dolphins

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Taiji-Dolphins.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] We have already talked about the international objections to Japan’s whaling program, but over the last couple of weeks, another issue has been grabbing headlines around the world. This is the story of the dolphin…

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The Center Examination

This weekend, I (and many other university teachers) were involved in the administration of the Center Examination. As this is such an important part of the Japanese education system, I thought it would be a good topic to discuss here.

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Electricity Bills (Feedback)

Thanks for sharing your own electricity costs. Actually, I got my LP gas bill this morning, and this month, it’s more than 16,000 yen. That means my total energy bill will be almost 30,000 yen for the month.

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Electricity Bills

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Electricity-Bills.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] As we all know, electricity charges have always been high in Japan, and since the Fukushima disaster, they have gone up even more.

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Christmas 2013

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Christmas-2013.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] As it is already the 23rd of December, I guess there is only one topic we can do this week – Christmas! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and Wednesday is Christmas Day.

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Life-Changing Experiences

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Life-Changing-Experiences.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] I am working on a new writing book for university students at the moment, and one of the topics is “an experience that changed my life.”

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Legalising Casinos (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. I talked about this with the students in my Wednesday discussion class, and they all agreed that it is a really difficult topic. I’ll try and think of something easier for next week.

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Legalising Casinos

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Casinos.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] I have read a couple of articles recently about proposals to legalise casinos in Japan. I must admit that I was a bit confused at first, because I thought they were already legal.

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English in Elementary Schools

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/English-in-Elementary-Schools.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] The other day, I met an American guy in the pool at my sports club. We started talking, and it turned out that he was an ALT at a local junior high school. He also…

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Guns (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. As I expected, most of you do not have any experience with guns at all, and I think that is a very good thing.

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