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Thanks for your comments. This is a difficult topic, and to be honest, I’m still not really sure what I think about it. As some of you mentioned, the government has already spent a lot of money on the bid, but if Tokyo is chosen, they are going to have to spend even more.

I know what Kattie means about the “feel good” factor that hit the UK last year, but now that the Olympics have finished, it seems like things are basically just back to normal. It seems like an awful lot of money to achieve such a short-term result.

Actually, I lost interest in the Olympics a few years ago. The bidding process is very obviously corrupt, and the event itself now seems to be more about the sponsors than the athletes. On top of that, we now have all kinds of ridiculous sports (like soccer and tennis) included, which makes the whole thing a bit of a farce as far as I am concerned. Anyway, I suppose we will find out in a few weeks what the result of the bid will be. Even if it comes to Tokyo, though, I certainly won’t be going.

Here is some feedback on your comments.

I wish I could read faster.
Nice sentence.

and I never want it to fail this time.
and I really don’t want it to fail this time.

I wonder how many new houses could have been built for people in Tohoku living in temporary accommodation with the money.
Nice sentence.

There is some truth in this, too, but the point is that how much they will be able to enjoy the benefits in reality.
Nice sentence, but “… but the question / issue is how much ….”

First, I agreed on Tokyo’s Olympic Bid
At first, I agreed with Tokyo’s Olympic bid.

YU has a point!
Nice sentence.

Tokyo wasn’t elected before, so why again?
Tokyo wasn’t chosen before, so why is it bidding again?

I’ll be really angry if they don’t actually win(?) the bid and host the Olympics
“Win the bid” is quite natural.

Anyway, they’re talking about 2020, and that’s going to be seven years later.
…, and that’s seven years from now. (A-Z: later / after)

I finished reading ‘Outliers’ last night, and thank you for introducing such a great book.
If you liked “Outliers,” you would love “The Tipping Point.”

and the arguement about “the cultural differences and plane crashes” and “rice paddies and math abilities” was especially impressive.
… was especially convincing.

Oh, you’ve already finished reading,haven’t you!?
Oh, you’ve already finished, have you? (A-Z: tag questions)

If I remember correctly, I think both Nagoya and Osaka failed to bid for the Olympics in the past, especially it was not so long ago that Osaka failed it.
Do you mean “failed in their bids”? That means they bid but were not chosen. If you say “failed to bid,” it means they didn’t try.

I was quite relieved that it wasn’t about a Japanese airline company because I’m sure that Japan is one of those high PDI countries which means we tend to use mitigated expressions when we talk to seniors or superiors.
I can’t remember the details, but I’m sure there was a crash in Tokyo Bay that happened because a junior copilot was scared to tell his “senpai” pilot that he was doing something wrong.

I’d rather to say that I don’t want the Olympics to be held in Japan.
Personally, I don’t want the Olympics to be held in Japan.

The doctor said that I have an allergy to Japanese cedar.
Welcome to the club!

As Biwa said, lobbying is very important other than how IOC members evaluate each country’s report.
Well, lobbying and bribery!

Your talk about “Outliers” make me curious day by day!
Your discussion about “Outliers” made me curious. (You can’t use “day by day” here.)

Maybe I should say “I realized that~~~”, because I actually went through a looking-up-the-dictionary process this time.
You could use either “noticed” or “realised” here.

That’s it for today. I’m off to a party at the 留学生会館 now. I can’t remember my official title, but I am the teacher representative on the committee this year.

Have a great weekend, and let me know if you have any questions.

13 Comments

  1. YU on Friday April 12th, 2013 at 08:28 PM

    Hi David,

    Thank you always for your feedback!

    > Oh, you’ve already finished reading,haven’t you!?
    Oh, you’ve already finished, have you? (A-Z: tag questions)

    This is not my sentence, but I still can’t get what you mean, though I read the part of “tag questions” in your A-Z book.

    My questions are ;

    1. Why did you omit the word “reading”?

    2. Why is the last part “haven’t you?” wrong?

    もしかして “Oh, you’ve already finished reading” は「まあ、もう読み終わったって?」という(驚きの)意味だから、その後に「~ですよね?」という確認の付加疑問文を続けるのはおかしい。最後の”have you?” は「ホントに?」という意味、ということですか?読む時は”have”を強調して言う??

    A :I want to go to North Korea.
    B : You want to go to North Korea, do you?
    (ホントに?本気?Really?)

    この会話文の”do you?”と同じような働きの”have you?”なのでしょうか?

    多分違いますよね?
    また考えすぎかしら。。。

    > Do you mean “failed in their bids”? That means they bid but were not chosen.

    Yes, I meant that. Thank you.



  2. David Barker on Friday April 12th, 2013 at 08:30 PM

    Hi YU,

    Sorry, you are right. The explanation is not in the read book. I omitted “reading” because it’s not necessary. It’s not wrong, though.

    “Have you” is the same as your example about North Korea.



  3. YU on Friday April 12th, 2013 at 08:59 PM

    Hi David,

    I got it. Thank you!



  4. Biwa on Friday April 12th, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your feedback.

    >I can’t remember the details, but I’m sure there was a crash in Tokyo Bay that happened because a junior copilot was scared to tell his “senpai” pilot that he was doing something wrong.

    You’re right. It was mainly said that the accident occured because the pilot had been sufferring schizophrenia(統合失調症), and the copilot and flight engineer stopped him by force when he retrofired the engine(逆噴射), but it was too late. Anyway, the pilot had already been acting weirdly before that flight, but the copilot couldn’t report it to the company because he was his senior. Yeah, exactltly the same case as the Korean Air!
    By the way, I asked the library near my house to get “The Tipping Point” sent from another library because they didn’t have it. I hope I can get it soon!
    Isn’t it weird, I don’t have any questions this time! LOL! Have a nice weekend, everyone!



  5. Anne on Saturday April 13th, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Hi David,

    Thank you for your feedback.
    >> Oh, you’ve already finished reading,haven’t you!?
    Oh, you’ve already finished, have you? (A-Z: tag questions)
    —-I couldn’t get what part was wrong, but YU asked and you answered her question, so now I got it.
    Thanks for asking and also your explanation about “have you?”,YU!

    Hi Biwa,
    >Sorry, I noticed that I’ve misspelled ‘persistence’. ‘Persistence’ and ‘persistance’, really confusing! —Oh, please don’t say sorry! I wouldn’t notice the difference if you didn’t referred to this:)

    Have a lovely weekend,everyone!

    Anne



  6. Fumie on Saturday April 13th, 2013 at 05:54 AM

    Thank you always for your feedback.
    As I was reading this blog from early in the morning, I heard the emergency warning of the earthquake. I woke up children and we are now preparing for aftershock. It’s really scary. I hope it won’t happen again. Take care, everyone.



  7. YU on Saturday April 13th, 2013 at 07:04 AM

    Hi Fumie,

    Are you all right?
    My best friend lives with her old mother in Naruto city. It is very close to the center of the earthquake, Awaji Island. I sent her a mail, but she hasn’t replied me yet. I’ll call her later.

    Hi Anne,

    I’m glad to be of your help! 🙂



  8. Anne on Saturday April 13th, 2013 at 08:13 AM

    Hi Fumie,

    I hope there’s no more aftershock. I was awake when the quake happened, and I felt a weak shaking even in my area. Take care!



  9. Kattie on Saturday April 13th, 2013 at 08:58 PM

    Hi Fumie,

    I hope you are all okay.



  10. Fumie on Saturday April 13th, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Hi YU, Anne, Kattie,

    Thank you for your concern. We are okay and nothing were broken. We were just frightened.



  11. Kattie on Sunday April 14th, 2013 at 01:05 AM

    Hi Fumie,

    Good to hear from you. The earthquake was not big news here but I looked it up on the BBC News’ website and it said that it measured 6.3 which sounds quite bad. I hope all your family and friends are okay too.



  12. Fumie on Sunday April 14th, 2013 at 06:38 AM

    Hi Kattie,

    Thank you for worrying us. There wasn’t big damage by this earthquake. All of my family and friends are okay.



  13. Kattie on Sunday April 14th, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Hi Fumie,

    That’s good to know.