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Thanks for all your comments. We ended up having two topics this week, and both are very interesting. I agree with Kattie that UKIP are seen as a right-wing party, but I think that there are a lot of people in the UK who are not particularly right-wing in their views, but who still think that the UK should leave the EU.

The key problem is a lack of accountability and the eroding of democracy. A key principle of democracy is that the public can elect (and get rid of) the people who make their laws. In Europe, more and more of the law-making is being done centrally in Brussels. This means that British people (and other Europeans) have to live under laws made by people that they didn’t elect. I don’t think it is a particularly right-wing point of view to be against this.

Because of the financial crisis, countries like Spain and Greece are cutting things like pensions and raising taxes. There is nothing the Greek and Spanish people can do about this because the decisions are being made by people from other countries that they do not vote for.

In Britain, people voted only to join a “common market” with other European countries, and that was way back in the 1970s. Since then, there has been a lot more integration, and many people think that British people should be given a chance to decide whether they want that or not. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how it all develops.

Here is some feedback on your comments:

i don’t have my children,
I don’t have any children. (A-Z: my car)

Because, it’s horse sense that family should help each other.
I’m not sure what “horse sense” means. Maybe “common sense”?

carrying heavy stuffs,
carrying heavy stuff (“stuff” is uncountable)

I don’t think the situation doesn’t change much
I don’t think the situation has changed much.

I started giving them Okodukai when they get into elementary school
… when they started elementary school.

I’m lucky to have such a son.
Thanks to this sentence, I noticed something that I have to add to my book. In my book, I explain that “such a” is old-fashioned, and it is. This sentence would be better as “I’m lucky to have a son like him.” However, I just noticed that if you add an adjective, “such” is quite natural, so it would be okay to say, for example, “I’m lucky to have such a great son.” Thanks for helping to improve the next edition of the book!

My sons lay out their “futon”,
This is correct, but I guess that a lot of people don’t know the expression “lay out their futons.” Thanks for writing it here.

I don’t think situations have changed so much comparing with my own childhood.
I don’t think things have changed all that much compared with my own childhood.

“I pay them them some spending money.” What a stupid mistake.)
I’m not sure which part you think is a mistake, but it’s not actually wrong. It would be more natural to use “give” than “pay,” though.

Is/was it allowed to work part-time in your daughters’ highschools?
Were students allowed to work part-time in your daughters’ high schools?

Also, it’s really nice that pony-riding is a familiar sport in the UK.
… is a common / popular sport in the UK.

I would like my sons to work part-time, but as many people said, they’re not allowed to.
Nice sentence. I think one of the biggest differences between Japan and the UK is that in Japan, schools can make rules about what students can and can’t do even when they are not in school. For example, I know that a lot of Japanese high schools won’t let students get a driving license even if they are old enough. In the UK, the schools would have no right to make rules about things like that. It would be for the parents to decide. I think that Japanese schools have far too much influence on family life and private time.

By the way, should ユーロ begin with a capital letter? “Euro” or “euro”, which is correct?
Good question! When I read that, my first thought was that it should be capitalised, but then I realized that, as YU pointed out, “dollar” and “yen” are not capitalised, so “euro” shouldn’t be either if you are talking about the currency.

This has nothing to do with the topic, but I heard that the government is going to annouce the outline of housing loan rebate after 2014 today.
Thanks for the info. I wrote a question about this on the old entry.

Opinions are divided whether you should buy a house before the tax increase
Opinions are divided as to / on whether you should…

Actually, I’ve been hospitalized since Jan.10 for two weeks.
As you have already left, it should be “I was hospitalized.”

I hope it works well to get a smaller waist,haha!
I hope it makes my waist smaller!

maybe children don’t do much chores when I compare to my time.
maybe children these days don’t do as many chores as I did when I was young.

Anyway, I went to get a massage and it really did the trick.
Nice sentence. Glad to hear you are feeling refreshed.

In this sentence you didn’t put “s” after “question,” but you asked us more than one question. even in the case, you don’t need to change the noun to plural?
“Experience” can be both countable and uncountable, but when you are talking generally, it is usually uncountable.

That’s all for today. Thank you for your comments about the audiobook. The main aim of doing it would be to get people interested enough to buy the real book. Making it would be a lot of work, though, so I’ll have to have a good think about that.

Have a great weekend.

7 Comments

  1. YU on Friday January 25th, 2013 at 04:42 PM

    Hi David,

    > he said it is possible to get the low tax rate if I sign a contract before September 30th this year. He also said that I could qualify for the new tax rebate system if I actually move into the house next year. In other words, the timing is perfect for getting the best of both worlds. Is that right?

    I’m not 100% sure, but I think what he told you is more reliable than my info because he works in a bank!!
    (By the way, you should move into the house after April 1st, not after January 1st if you want to be qualified for the new tax rebate system, shouldn’t you?!)

    I have one unclear point.
    I read an article saying that as a general rule, the housing loan rebate is not going to applied, unless you move into the house within 6 months from the time you “got”(取得) the house.

    http://www.ad-cast.co.jp/adcastFAQ/?p=403

    I’m not sure when your 住宅取得 timing would be.
    Is it when you sign a contract or on the day you borrow money and pay, or…???
    You have to sign a contract before September 30th, but you have move into the house after April 1st next year, right? It means, wouldn’t it be more than 6 months(and 1 day)?!
    Did you ask him why you need to sign a contract 6 months before the tax increase in the first place? I wonder if there’s any rules…



  2. YU on Friday January 25th, 2013 at 05:09 PM

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your feedback!

    > “I pay them them some spending money.” What a stupid mistake.)
    I’m not sure which part you think is a mistake, but it’s not actually wrong. It would be more natural to use “give” than “pay,” though.

    I guess Biwa thought that she wrote “them” twice, but the second “them” was unnecessary. I thought that way, too, but is it actually correct? If so, what the second “them” mean??

    Hi Biwa,

    You decided for paying them a monthly allowance!
    Wow! It sounds like it doesn’t matter much to them, though!! hahaha…

    Have a nice weekend, all!!



  3. Fumie on Saturday January 26th, 2013 at 05:49 AM

    Hi David,

    Thnak you for your feedback!
    >Thanks to this sentence, I noticed something that I have to add to my book.
    -How nice of you to thank me about that. I just wrote awkward English. I didn’t know “such a ~” is old-fashioned. Anyway, I’m glad to be of help.下手な英語を書いただけなのに、お役にたててうれしいです!

    >I think that Japanese schools have far too much influence on family life and private time.
    -Oh, I see. Interesting point. I’ve never think about that.

    >I hope it makes my waist smaller!
    I didn’t know that we use “smaller/bigger” when we say about our waist line. Thanks Anne.

    >Making it would be a lot of work, though, so I’ll have to have a good think about that.
    -If you put audiobook here, I think you’d better just put the summary of audio along with the summary of the book.(you don’t need to put all of it because if people get interested in it when they listen to the summary, they would buy the real one.)

    Hi Anne,

    It’s so nice to see your comment here again! Please take it easy and have a good rest. I hope you will make a full recovery soon!

    It’s going to be a freezing weekend. Take care not to catch flu. Have a nice weekend, everyone.



  4. Biwa on Saturday January 26th, 2013 at 08:07 AM

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your feedback.
    As YU said, I made a mistake by writing “them” twice, and I don’t think it’s correct.
    Maybe you misread it because you were going to meet someone very important last night?!!LOL!

    Joking aside, I just thought so because your feedback to amo’s question was a bit strange, too. I think she was asking if the word “question” should be “questions” or not.

    It’s freezing cold here, too, but I love to breathe in the fresh air. Have a nice weekend, everyone!



  5. Anne on Sunday January 27th, 2013 at 06:42 PM

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your feedback.
    >As you have already left, it should be “I was hospitalized.”
    —Oh, I see.

    Thank you for your warm messages.

    Anne



  6. amo on Sunday January 27th, 2013 at 08:04 PM

    Hi David,
    Thanks for your feedback as usual.
    >In this sentence you didn’t put “s” after “question,” but you asked us more than one question. even in the case, you don’t need to change the noun to plural?
“Experience” can be both countable and uncountable, but when you are talking generally, it is usually uncountable.

    As Biwa pointing out, I wanted to know about the word “question” not “experience.”

    Hi Biwa,

    I am glad that you understood what I meant. Thanks.

    Hi Anne,

    I am sorry to hear about your disease, hope you will be better soon.

    Hi everyone,

    How’s your weekend?
    I went to shopping with my sister. I was looking for a coat and we looked around at many shops. I ended up buying two coats, a skirt and a sweater. My sister bought a coat, a skirt, a pair of pants and a cardigan, and two sweaters. We are happy now:)

    Bye for now,
    amo



  7. David Barker on Monday January 28th, 2013 at 06:29 PM

    Hi Amo,

    Sorry about that. I always seem to be in a rush these days! Anyway, that was a mistake. I have edited the entry so that it is correct now. It just says, “Please answer from your own experience.”

    Thanks for pointing out the mistake, and sorry again about missing the point of your question.



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