Blog for Learners

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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Guns

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Guns.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] When I was reading Japan Today this week, I noticed that there were two stories that involved guns. In America, that would not surprise me, but in Japan, I think it’s very unusual.

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Clever Ideas (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments and ideas. I’m definitely going to add a roll of Saran wrap to my emergency kit. Actually, that would be a really good idea for camping trips as well.

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Clever Ideas

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Clever-Ideas.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] A friend sent me something the other day that was being shared around on Facebook, and I thought it would make an interesting topic for the blog. Some of you may have seen it already.

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Food Labelling

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Food-Labelling.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] I bet that a lot of you had already guessed what this week’s topic would be. The story about the mislabelling of food started out with a single company, but it’s beginning to look as…

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The Police (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments, and sorry the feedback is so late. I was really busy again this week. Biwa asked why I quit the police, and Fumie asked why I wanted to be a policeman in the first place.

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The Police

[wpaudio url=”https://www.btbpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/The-Police.mp3″ text=”Click to listen”] Recently, there have been a lot of stories in the news that have not shown the Japanese police in a particularly good light. Many of these are connected with stalking.

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