Japan in the Fast Lane!

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REUH FORUM ACTIVITY 1 

WARM-UP

Instructions:  With your partner (or small group), ask each other the following warm-up questions.  (Speak English only, please!)

1. Describe what you see in this picture.

2. Where do you think this picture was taken?

3. How many blue lanes are there in this picture?

4. What is the purpose of the blue lanes?

5. Have you seen lanes like this before?  If yes, where?

6. Why do you think this road has these blue lanes?

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PART A) LISTENING

Instructions: Listen to the sound files online.  (You need your headset turned on.)

1) Click here –> LISTENING

2) When you see this, click on “Slowest” –> Listening modules JPEG

NOTE: Do not read the text.  Listen only.

3) Try the next speed, “Slower,” and “Medium”.  Find the listening speed that is best for you.

4) Listen 3 times.

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PART B) READING 

Instructions: This article has two paragraphs.  Take turns with your partner/s, and read this article 2 or 3 times.

Bicycles outsell cars in most EU countries (Dec. 6, 2013)

The BBC says people in 26 European countries bought more bicycles than cars in 2012. One reason for this is the recession in many countries after the global financial crisis. Austerity measures left consumers with less money. They bought bicycles instead of cars. Fuel prices also made motorists buy bicycles. Another reason is that cycling is becoming more popular. The BBC said it is spreading “beyond the traditional ‘cycling capitals’ of northern Europe”.

Europeans bought 12 million cars in 2012 and 19.2 million bicycles. The Italian car giant FIAT said this was bad news. He called it “carmageddon“. Car sales in Italy fell to their lowest levels for five decades. The Italian cycling federation believes this is because of a cycling “revolution”. The Italian bicycle maker said customers now want bikes they can get to work on. They will invest in expensive, top-of-the-range bikes.

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PART C) READING REVIEW

Instructions: Are there any words or expressions you do not understand?  How about difficult pronunciation?  If so, ask your partner or your teacher.  Don’t be shy!

1. Here is how to ask a question about meaning:

  Student: Mike, what does recession mean?”

  Mike:Recession means a time when the economy is slow, or in a decline.”  For example, Japan has had                                                                                                       a long recession.

  Student: “Oh, I see.  Thank you.”

2. Here how to ask a question about pronunciation:

  Student: “Mike how do you pronounce… carmaged…?”

  Mike:Car-ma-ge-don… it sounds like Armageddon, and you know the meaning of Armageddon, right?”

  Student: “Yes, of course.”

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PART D) SPEED READING

Instructions: Try speed reading!  Click on the links below, and try BOTH 200 WPM* and 300 WPM.

   *WPM= Words Per Minute

Click here–> 200 WPM

Click here–> 300 WPM

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PART E)

Instructions: Everyone, write a comment for this blog post.  UEH students ask RU students, RU students ask UEH students.  You can ask a question, give an opinion, or respond to a comment.  BUT, everyone must write something.  Please write your name (in English) so you can get credit for participating.  Please keep your comments concise and not too long 🙂

Example:

RU: Hi, my name is Makoto.  I have a question.  How do most Vietnamese get to school?  Do they use the train, ride a bicycle, walk, take a bus…?  Thank you.

UEH: Hi Makoto, my name is Anh Dung.  I will try to answer your question.  Actually in Ho Chi Minh City, we do not have a local train yet… we…

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NOTE: You may continue writing comments all week.  Also, if you can share photos, please share them.

By the way… The picture at the top was taken near Rissho University.  The picture below is of the train station many students use.  And in this picture you can see the new bicycle lanes.

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See you next week!

Business English Letter Projects – 6 Student Letters to Companies + Replies!

Hi everyone,

Thank you all for sending me your Project Business Letters.  On this blog post I want to show youBusiness English letters that were most successful.  Each of these 6 letters received replies.  There were many other very good business letters, but I cannot post them all.  

Your teacher,

Mike

I hope you ALWAYS remember how to write a proper business email.  If you forget, check out our blog again!  Read these great examples!

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1. Here is the first letter.  It was written to Yamaha’s music division.

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Dear Yamaha,

I am longtime customer of yours, and I am contacting you today to ask you an urgent question.

I would like to ask about your homepage.  

I did a musical instrument check the other day on your homepage.  To my delight, the sax which I play now was reviewed, but I think that there are few other choices.

Therefore would you increase the variations of the musical instrument check?

It may be a chance for people match themselves with the proper instrument if choices increase.
 
Please, please think about this.

Your positive reply is most appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

Best regards,
Saori O.

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And the reply from Yamaha:

Dear Ms. Saori O.,

Thank you for your inquiry and using our website.

Is the diagnosis you are referring to the following site?
http://jp.yamaha.com/products/musical-instruments/winds/start/

If so, we have got a reply from the person in charge of the content, but it is in Japanese.

In summary, we are currently including the instruments that are well-known, and easy for the adult beginners to play.  However, as we receive similar inquiries to increase the variations of musical instruments, we would like to review the contents itself and consider adding them for further improvements.

I appreciate your helpful comment.

Best Regards,
Yamaha Corporation

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2. Here is the second letter. It was written to Apple, and the reply was done by live chat!

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Subject: Give any discount?

Dear Apple,

I am a university student in Tokyo and the reason I am contacting you today is because I have a question about your service.

Briefly, is it possible for you to sell your products cheaper than now? Or can I receive a discount on your service? To tell the truth, I would buy a MacBook Pro but it is much too costly for my pocketbook.

This information will help me make my decision. Thank you for reading.

Best regards,

Hironori S.

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And the live chat between Hironori Letter-H-icon and Apple official-apple-logo-png :

official-apple-logo-png Ah yes. There is an Education Applestore website with discounted prices.  Here is a link : Apple Store for Education

Letter-H-icon I know that. But anything else for students ?

official-apple-logo-png There are also some refurbished MacBook Pros available for even bigger discounts at: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

Letter-H-icon Hey. That’s great info, Art. I’ll check it out. Have a good one.

official-apple-logo-pngYou too Hironori.  It’s been great chatting with you today. Before you go, I want to be sure that you’re happy with my support today! Would you say that you are satisfied with the information I gave you?

Letter-H-icon Yup. Very satisfied, Art. You are awesome. Thanks

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3. Here is the third letter. It was written to Razer gaming hardware company.

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I am a longtime customer of yours, and the reason I am contacting you today is because I have a question about “BlackWidow Chroma”.

I am considering purchasing a Chroma.  Well, can this keyboard’s light color change to BlackWidow Ultimate 2012’s color? I love this color very much.

This information will help me make my decision.

I hope to hear back from you.

Sincerely,
Atsuki Y.

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Reply

And the reply from Razer:

Hey Atsuki

Thank you for contacting Razer Support. My name is Nizam and I will be assisting you with your case involving Razer Blackwidow Chroma

In regards of the matter, you would like to know whether the Chroma can change to the legacy Blackwidow Ultimate 2012 colour. To answer that, yes it can as it has a broad spectrum of color where you can select and apply. To know more, please click here : http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-keyboards-keypads/razer-blackwidow-chroma

Should you have further inquiries on this, please let me know

Have a nice day

Best Regards,
Nizam Z.
Razer – Tier 1

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4. Here is the fourth letter. It was written to Toastmasters, Tokyo

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Dear Toastmasters,

My name is D. Wen. I am a female foreign student of Rissho University.  And I am from China.

I am very interested in Toastmasters and wondering whether I have a chance to join Toastmasters.  So I checked your official website, but I still didn’t find a way to join you.  Can you tell me if there is something necessary to join Toastmasters and how to join Toastmasters.  Thank you!

I will looking forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

D. Wen

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And the reply from Toastmasters Tokyo:

Dear Ms. Wen,

My name is Kris Truter, the Vice President of Membership for Tokyo Toastmasters Club.

Thank you for sending us an email inquiry.

We are all happy to have you at our next meeting tonight from 7:00 pm. Our regular meetings are held on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Thursday night every month from 7:00 pm sharp to 9:00 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a member, we require that you visit our club at least 3 times within 3 months.

Feel free to visit us and see how our meetings first hand. I am sure you will not be disappointed!

Please check our website at:

http://easy-speak.org/portal.php?page=8182

Click on Meeting information/location on the left side menu for the exact location.

You can also search for clubs that are held at different times and locations.

Please check District 76 Club information for other clubs in detail.

http://www.district76.org/en/clubs/

We are looking forward to seeing you!
Kind Regards,

Kris Truter

VPM, Tokyo Toastmasters Club

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5. Here is the fifth letter. It was written to JICA.

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Dear JICA,

I’m a Japanese university student. When I was a junior high school student, I got to know JICA for the 1st time.  It was so impressive for me and I had interests about international volunteering.

When I was a high school student, I joined the charity brass band club.  We did a charity concert.  Through this volunteer work, I have a question and I would like to ask your opinion.  What factors do you think impede development of education section in developing countries?

Someday, I would like to work for the children of the world.  Your opinion will deepen my goals.

I would appreciate hearing from you.  Thank you for reading my e-mail.

Sincerely,
Ayano F.

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And the reply from JICA:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your kind attention to JICA activities.

As for your inquiry, we will reply as follows.
There are many factors which impede the development of education in developing countries.
For instance, the factors are as below:
– economic factors e.g. poverty, low salary of teachers
– School factors e.g. distance, lack of school facilities
– social factors e.g. gender, disability

If you are interested in education issues in developing countries, the following web might be useful for your further understanding.
 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/efareport/
 http://www.globalpartnership.org/

JICA has been supporting developing countries to ensure quality education and life-long learning.
If you would like to know more about JICA’s cooperation in education, please access to the following web.
 http://www.jica.go.jp/english/our_work/thematic_issues/education/index.html

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Public Relations Division
Office of Media and Public Relations
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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6. Here is the sixth letter. It was written to McDonalds.

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Dear customer service,

I am sorry to email for you suddenly. I am a Japanese university student, and sometime buy By the way, the reason I am contacting you today is because I would like to ask you a question.  American McDonald’s prohibited their using trans fatty acids (トランス脂肪酸) in 2013.  But Japanese McDonalds continues to use it even now.  Indeed, Japanese people take in less trans fatty acids than American people; nevertheless, consumers generally think to avoid buying your your products because, your products are very affordable.

By the way, the reason I am contacting you today is because I would like to ask you a question.  American McDonald’s prohibited their using trans fatty acids in 2013.  But Japanese McDonalds continues to use it even now.  Indeed, Japanese people take in less trans fatty acids than American people; nevertheless, consumers generally think to avoid buying your products because doing so helps prevent lifestyle related diseases.  I hope to eat your product without anxiety. Therefore please stop using trans fatty acids in Japan.

I look forward your reply.

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely yours,
Natuki K.

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And the reply from McDonalds (Japan):

鯉渕様

平素よりマクドナルドをご利用いただき、誠にありがとうございます。鯉渕様からのメールを拝見いたしました。

このたびはトランス脂肪酸についてご質問いただきありがとうございます。

欧米では行政が動脈硬化など心臓疾患の増加に伴い、コレステロールとの関係が 指摘されているトランス脂肪酸の摂取を抑制するよう市民に呼びかけています。

一方、日本では欧米と比較して食生活の中で脂肪の摂取量が少ないことから、トランス脂肪酸の摂取による健康への影響は小さいと考えられています。

トランス脂肪酸は食用油に含まれる成分のひとつです。脂肪やコレステロールも食全体のバランスで見ることが重要であり、マクドナルドは脂肪やコレステロールなどの栄養情報の提供とバランスのよい食生活を積極的に提唱しております。今後とも栄養情報について行政の指針と連動し対応して参ります。」

日本マクドナルドお客様サービス室

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Final BLOG Post

Hi EIC Business Writing 1 Students,

Today, I want to explain what you need to do for our our last classes. This final BLOG post is a guideline for you. It will help you prepare for everything you must give me.

Be sure to send me the following:

1) Your FIRST business letter to a company (or organization). Send me the letter you sent to a company.

2) Your reply from the FIRST company (or organization), IF you received a reply.

3) Your SECOND business letter to a company.

4) Your reply from from the SECOND company (or organization), IF you received a reply.
SEND THESE 4 THINGS TO: businesswritingone@gmail.com

Final Classes & Deadlines:

December 18: Business Writing Workshop
January 8, 2015: Deadline to send 1 to 4 above. Final Group Presentation, Test: Business Letter Writing Test
January 15, 2015: Pick up “Write Right” Business Writing Resource Book. <– I will post student letters on this blog*  (I want to go paperless!) Get TEST results, make up test opportunity.

    * I will not publish your names or personal information on this blog.  I promise.  However, if you do not want your letter on this blog, please tell me, and I will not post it.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Pope attacks Europe’s throwaway culture

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REUH FORUM ACTIVITY 6
WARM-UP 1 – Memorize the Following Information (Below)

Who is Pope Francis?  Pope Francis is the current Pope, the head of the Catholic Church.

When did Pope Francis become the Pope?  Pope Francis became the Pope on March 13, 2013.

What was Pope Francis’s name before he became the Pope?  Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

When was Pope Francis born?  Pope Francis was born: December 17, 1936, so he is 77 years old.

Where is Pope Francis from?   Pope Francis is from Argentina.

 

 

Now memorize the information above!   brain2

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WARM-UP 2: With your partner (or small group), ask each other the following warm-up questions. Speak English only, please 😉

1. Who is Pope Francis?
2. When did Pope Francis become the Pope?
3. What was Pope Francis’s name before he became the Pope?
4. When was Pope Francis born?
5. How old is Pope Francis?
6. Where is Pope Francis from?
7. What else do you know about Pope Francis?

Bonus question: There are 7.125 billion people (71.25億人) on Earth.  How many Catholic (カトリック) people are there in the world?  Guess the correct answer: A) 500 million (5億)B) 1.2 billion (12億)C) 2.2 billion (22億), D) 200 million (2億)

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PART A) WORDS & EXPRESSIONS

1. criticise –> to say something is bad

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Example:

A さん) I don’t like my boss? Bさん) Why not?  A さん) He always criticizes me!

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2. Parliament –> the top level of government

Unknown-1 <– British Parliament

Example:

A さん) What is the Japanese Parliament called? Bさん) It’s called the National Diet, or kokkai (国会), in Japanese.

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3. elderly –> older people, senior people

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Example:

A さん) Is the number of elderly Japanese people increasing.  Bさん) Yes, it is a big and important economic issue in Japan.

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4. unborn child –> a baby that is not yet born

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A さん) Why did Ms. Suzuki quit smoking? Bさん) Didn’t you know?  She is pregnant, and she quit smoking to take care of her unborn child.

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5. cogs in a machine –> moving parts of a machine

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A さん) Do you like working in the big city? Bさん) Yes, but sometimes I feel like a small cog in a big machine!  A さん) Yes, I know how you feel!

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6. suffer from~ –> feel pain or stress from ~

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A さん) What do many children suffer from in our world? Bさん) They suffer from poor education, and illiteracy, I think.  A さん) Yes, and many children suffer from hunger, too.

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7. consumerism –> buying many things (usually many unnecessary things)

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A さん) Consumerism is  dangerous.  Bさん) Why do you say that? A さん) Because consumerism makes us feel we must buy many things.  Bさん) What things, for example? A さん) Oh, like cars, and designer clothing… we don’t really need so many things to make us happy.

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8. sense of community –> feeling of belonging to society

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A さん) Do you feel a sense of community living in your apartment in Tokyo? Bさん) No, not really because I don’t know my neighbors.  I only live, study and work in Tokyo; therefore, I do not feel a sense of community here.  A さん) I see.  Do you feel a sense of community in your hometown?  Bさん) Of course I do!  In fact, I am always homesick because I miss feeling a sense of community.

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9. bureaucracy –> sometimes called “red tape”, too many government rules

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A さん) I thought you were going to start your own business.  What happened to that idea?  Bさん) Well, I gave up because there is too much red tape, too much bureaucracy, too many rules!  A さん) Yes, government should make it easier for people to open their own businesses!

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10. loneliness –> feeling lonely

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A さん) I don’t want to get old?  Bさん) Why not?  Don’t you want to enjoy your retirement?   A さん) Yes, of course I do, but I read in the news that many elderly people suffer from loneliness.

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PART B) LISTENING

Instructions: Listen to the sound files online. (You need your headset turned on.)
1) Click here Y-Finger LISTENING (GO TO LEVEL FOUR)

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3) Try the next speed, “Slower,” and “Medium”. Find the listening speed that is best for you.

4) Listen 2 or 3 times.

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PART C) READING
Instructions: This article has two paragraphs. This article is LEVEL FOUR. Take turns with your partner/s, and read this article 2 or 3 times.  READ ALOUD PLEASE.  Ask your teacher or classmate if you have any questions 🙂

Note to readers: The bold words and expressions are defined in Part A.

Pope attacks Europe’s throwaway culture — (27th November, 2014)

Pope Francis criticised Europe in a speech at the European Parliament. He attacked Europe’s ‘throwaway culture,’ which he said ignored the elderly, the seriously ill and unborn children. He said technology and economics seemed more important than people. He said people were now just “cogs in a machine” and that whenever someone is no longer useful, that machine throws them away. He said Europe suffers from uncontrolled consumerism.

 

The Pope warned that Europe’s sense of community and great ideas were disappearing because of bureaucracy. He warned that this was “downright harmful” to people. The Pope also warned that Europe was not caring for its people. He said: “One of the most common diseases in Europe today is the loneliness typical of those who have no connection with others.” He added that this was especially true of the elderly and the young.

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PART D) SPEED READING
Instructions: Try speed reading! Click on the links below, and try BOTH speeds, from 200 WPM* and 300 WPM.

*WPM= Words Per Minute

Click here Y-Finger 200 WPM
Click here Y-Finger 300 WPM

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PART E) Cloze Quiz – IT’S FUN!!
Instructions: With your partner, try this new kind of quiz!

To take the QUIZ click Y-Finger HERE

What was your score?

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PART F) COMMENTS

Instructions: Everyone, please write a comment for this blog post.  Do you think your culture is a “throwaway culture”?  What do you think about what Pope Francis said?
UEH students ask RU students, RU students ask UEH students. Ask Mike. You can ask a question, give an opinion, or respond to a comment. BUT, everyone must write something. Please write your name (in English) so you can get credit for participating. Please keep your comments concise and not too long 🙂 You can write more than one comment.
Example:

UEH: Hi, my name is Anh Dung. I have a question. In Japan is consumerism a problem?

RU: Hi Anh Dung. Actually, I think the new generation desires less things than other generations.  That is my opinion.  How about in Vietnam, is consumerism increasing?

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PICTURES OF THE WEEK

What does the word SHOPAHOLIC mean in your country?

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Japanese show robot news readers 

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REUH FORUM ACTIVITY 5
WARM-UP 1

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Watch the video.

Click Y-Finger HERE

WARM-UP 2:  With your partner (or small group), ask each other the following warm-up questions.  Speak English only, please 😉
1. What’s your opinion of robots?  Explain.
2. Have you ever seen a real robot in action?  Explain.
3. What kind of robot would you like to have?  Explain.
4. Where are robots most useful?  Explain.
5. Are robots doing the work of humans now?  Give examples.
6. In the future what jobs will robots do that humans are doing now?  Explain.
7. Do you think someday robots will take over the world?  Explain.

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PART A) WORDS & EXPRESSIONS

Instructions:  Review these words and expressions with your teacher and/or partner. If you have any questions, please ask Mike or your classmate.

1. a sense of humour —> an ability to understand and tell jokes

    Example:

A さん) Do you like Ken Shimura’s sense on humour?  Bさん) Well, sometimes, but he is silly.

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2. pieces of news —> news stories

    Example: Usually NHK news will mention the top pieces of news.

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3. raid —> a sudden attack, or a sudden investigation

    Example: The Japanese police raided a yakuza gang headquarter.

kin1-1 < police raid (Japan)

4. for real—> in reality, in an actual situation

    Example:

When I was a child technology like Smartphones and Skype were only dreams. Now these  technologies are for real.

BladeRunner_1982_2 < video phone from movie Blade Runner (1982)

Skype-4.17-iPhone5s < Skype on a Smartphone (2014)
5. research and development—> R&D, 研究開発 (kenkyū kaihatsu)

    Example: Japan’s Research and Development is world famous.

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6. increasingly becoming —> quickly becoming, happening fast

    Example: Vietnam is increasingly becoming competitive in the global workforce.

5000_vietnam_workers < 5,000 Vietnamese workers (G.E. solar and wind power)

7. affordable —> able to buy, cheap, inexpensive

    Example: An iPhone 5 is affordable now because the iPhone 6 has been introduced. In Japan the iPhone 5 is 10,000 yen (about US$100).

iPhone-6-mockup-vs-iPhone-5 < iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 6

8. A is no different from B—> A is the same as B
    Example: Smoking cigarettes is no different from smoking cigars. They are both unhealthy.

Cigar-vs.-Cigarettes  < cigars and cigarettes: both bad!

9. laptop —> personal note computer, ノートPC (nōto PC)

    Example: Most U.S. university students use laptops.

j-macs < laptops are as common as laps!

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PART B) LISTENING

Instructions: Listen to the sound files online.  (You need your headset turned on.)
1) Click here Y-Finger LISTENING (GO TO LEVEL THREE)

Level 3 full best

3) Try the next speed, “Slower,” and “Medium”. Find the listening speed that is best for you.

4) Listen 2 or 3 times.

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PART C) READING 
Instructions: This article has two paragraphs.  This article is LEVEL THREE. Take turns with your partner/s, and read this article 2 or 3 times.

Note to readers: The bold words and expressions are defined in Part A.

Japanese show robot news readers — (28th June, 2014)

Japanese scientists have created the world’s first news-reading robots. They really look and act like human beings. The android newscaster even sounded human and had a sense of humour. The scientists showed two robots to reporters in Tokyo. One of them is called “Kodomoroid”. This word joins the Japanese for child, “kodomo,” with the English word “android”. The other robot is called “Otonoaroid” – the combination of the Japanese word for adult with “android”. The first pieces of news read by the robots were on an imaginary earthquake in Tokyo and a raid by the FBI. The robots’ creator is a leading robotics professor, Hiroshi Ishiguro. He did not say when robots would read the news for real.

Robots are big business in Japan. Many companies spend a lot of money on research and development to make robots better and better. The Japanese have a very positive image of robots. They think they are both helpful and cute. In the West, people think of them as a little scary. They worry that robots will take over the world one day and control us. Professor Ishiguro told reporters that robots are very important. He said: “We will have more and more robots in our lives in the future.” He added that robots are now not so expensive and so are increasingly becoming a part of everyday life in Japan: “Robots are now becoming affordableno different from owning a laptop,” he said.

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PART D) SPEED READING
Instructions: Try speed reading!  Click on the links below, and try BOTH speeds, from 100 WPM* and 200 WPM.

*WPM= Words Per Minute

Click here Y-Finger 100 WPM
Click here Y-Finger 200 WPM

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PART E) Multiple Choice – TOEIC-Style Quiz
Instructions: With your partner, read and answer questions 1 to 10 in the link below. Good luck!

To take the QUIZ click  Y-Finger HERE

What was your score?

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PART F) COMMENTS

Instructions: Everyone, please write a comment for this blog post.
UEH students ask RU students, RU students ask UEH students.  Ask Mike. You can ask a question, give an opinion, or respond to a comment. BUT, everyone must write something. Please write your name (in English) so you can get credit for participating. Please keep your comments concise and not too long 🙂 You can write more than one comment.
Example:

UEH: Hi, my name is Anh Dung.  I have a question. Do all Japanese people love robots?

RU: Hi Anh Dung. Actually, I am not sure, but I think most Japanese people like them. In fact, we grew up with robots, so we feel comfortable with them. How about in Vietnam, what is the feeling about robots?

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  PICTURES OF THE WEEK (Very revealing!)

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Great Japanese Robots, inside and out!
See you next week!

Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize

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“I have the right to play. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.” – Malala Yousufzai

REUH FORUM ACTIVITY 4

WARM-UP

Instructions:  With your partner (or small group), ask each other the following warm-up questions.  (Speak English only, please 😉

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1. When did you hear the news about Malala Yousafzai winning the Nobel Peace Prize?

2. How do you feel about this? Explain.

3. Do you think she deserves (値する ataisuru) this prize? Why or why not?

4. What things do you know about Malala Yousafzai. Please tell me.

5. Is Malala Yousafzai well known in (Japan/Vietnam/China/the US)? If so, why? If not, why?

6. Can you imagine what kind of parents Malala Yousafzai has? What do you imagine her parents to be like?

7. Read Malala’s quote (under the picture above).  Do you think all children should have the same rights?  Explain.

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PART A) WORDS & EXPRESSIONS

Instructions:  Practice these words and expressions with your teacher and/or partner. If you have a question, please ask. Don’t be shy 😉

1. rights activist —> a person who works for the rights (権利 kenri ) of people or animals

    Example: Angelina Jolie is an actress and a human rights activist.

human-rights-observers-Angelina-Jolie-urges-intl.-community-for-more-aid-in-syria-intl.-news1 < Angelina Jolie

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2. Nobel laureates —> people who have received the Nobel prize

    Example: Martin Luther King was a Nobel laureate.

nobelpeaceprize < Martin Luther King

3. accolade —> an award or an honor

    Example: Last year, Kousuke Mikagi, received the accolade for the highest TOEIC score in the Economics Department of Rissho University.

4. speaking up for~ (someone or something)—> defending~ (someone or something)
    Example: The Hollywood actress, Natalie Portman speaks up for animal rights.

1024.portman.ls.11212  eating-animals-592x338 < Natalie Portman

5. recipient —> person who receives something (usually an award)

    Example: Hayao Miyazaki was the recipient of an Oscar award for Spirited Away (Sen to Chichiro no Kamikakushi)

Hayao-Miyazaki-Academy-Award < Hayao Miyazaki

6. scoop —> to gather, to collect, to get

    Example: In 2009, Dustin Nguyen (a.k.a. Nguyen Xuan Tri) scooped the Vietnamese Cánh Diều Vàng (or Golden Kite Award) for best actor.

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7. suppression —> to repress, or to force or control somebody

    Example: Some governments suppress their people’s freedom of speech.

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8. unparalleled and unequalled —> unmatched, or something you cannot compare to
    Example: Japanese manufacturing quality is unparalleled and unequalled by most countries, other than maybe Germany and Switzerland.

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9. follow one’s lead —>

    Example: Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam’s greatest hero and leader, that is why so many Vietnamese people followed his lead.

ho-chi-minh < Ho Chi Minh

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10. Al Jazeera —> a international television news network based in Qatar

Example: I heard the news first on Al Jazeera.

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11. servitude —> (隷属 reizoku), to be a slave, slavery (奴隷制 dorei-sei)
    Example: No one in the world wants to live a life of servitude.

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12. Hindu —> ヒンドゥー A Hindu is a follower of the religion called Hinduism

    Example: Gandhi was a Hindu.

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13. Muslim —> A Muslim is a follower of the religion called Islam
    Example: Malala Yousafzai is a Muslim.

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14. join in a common struggle —> when people gather to work together in a crisis or cause

    Example: Many thousands of Japanese people joined in a common struggle to protest nuclear power in Japan.

17toyko-articleLarge < anti nuclear protest in Tokyo

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PART B) LISTENING
Instructions: Listen to the sound files online.  (You need your headset turned on.)

1) Click here –> LISTENING (GO TO LEVEL SIX)

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3) Try the next speed, “Slower,” and “Medium”. Find the listening speed that is best for you.

4) Listen 3 times.
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PART C) READING 
Instructions: This article has two paragraphs.  This article is LEVEL SIX. Take turns with your partner/s, and read this article 2 or 3 times.

Note to readers: The bold words and expressions are defined in Part A.

Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize — October 14, 2014

The 17-year-old girls’ rights activist Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. She was one of two Nobel laureates to be declared winners this year.  The other is Kailash Satyarthi, who campaigns for children’s rights.  Malala was given the accolade exactly two years and a day after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head on her school bus.  Following her recovery in a British hospital, Malala has toured the world speaking up for the rights for girls to receive an education.  She once told reporters that going to school, “is like walking through a magic door to your dreams”.  Malala becomes the youngest ever recipient of the prize and the second Pakistani to scoop the award.

The Nobel Committee said Ms Yousafzai and Mr Satyarthi won the prize, “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education.”  Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated Malala, calling her the “pride of Pakistan”.  He said: “She has made her countrymen proud.  Her achievement is unparalleled and unequalled.”  He urged all children to follow her lead.  Mr Satyarthi told Al Jazeera that his award was for the, “many voices of children who are victims of servitude…across the world”.  He added: “The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education.”

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PART D) SPEED READING

Instructions: Try speed reading!  Click on the links below, and try ALL speeds, from 200 WPM* to 500 WPM. (500 WPM is Shinkansen* speed! Good luck!)

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   *WPM= Words Per Minute

Click here—>  200 WPM
Click here—>  300 WPM
Click here—>  400 WPM
Click here —> 500 WPM! 

bullet-train-and-mount-fuji-horizontal-jpeg Can you read at shinkansen speed?

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PART E) Multiple Choice – TOEIC-Style Quiz
Instructions: Read and answer questions 1 to 10 below. Good luck!

Click –> QUIZ
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PART F)

Instructions: Everyone, write a comment for this blog post.
UEH students ask RU students, RU students ask UEH students.  Ask Mike. You can ask a question, give an opinion, or respond to a comment. BUT, everyone must write something. Please write your name (in English) so you can get credit for participating. Please keep your comments concise and not too long 🙂 You can write more than one comment.  If you want me to correct your English, please ask me 🙂

Example:

UEH: Hi, my name is Anh Dung.  I have a question. Do all boys and girls get an equal education in Japan?

RU: Hi Anh Dung. Yes, I think so. The education system in Japan is balanced. How about in Vietnam?
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Study shows dogs get jealous of other dogs

Study shows dogs get jealous of other dogs

                                          jealous dog

REUH FORUM ACTIVITY 3 – Phương Chan’s Lesson 🙂

WARM-UP

Instructions:  With your partner (or small group), ask each other the following warm-up questions.  (Speak English only, please 😉 )

1. What is happening in the picture above?

2. Do you have a dog?  Have you ever had a dog?   (If yes,) tell me about your dog.

3. When do you feel jealousy?  Why?

4. Do you think dogs feel jealousy?  How about other animals?

5. How do you control your jealousy?

6. When people feel depressed, they feel blue.  When people feel angry, they see red.  What color do you see or feel when you are jealous?

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The color of depression is blue.

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   The color of anger is red.

 jealousy

What is the color of jealousy?

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PART A) WORDS & EXPRESSIONS

Instructions:  Practice these words and expressions with your teacher and/or partner. If you have a question, please ask.

1. since time began —> from the very beginning of time

    Example: I have loved you since time began

2. conducted research into~ —> do research on ~

    Example: UEH students conducted research into tourists’ opinions about Vietnam.

3. canine —> dog* (*scientific or technical name for dog)

    Example: Police in the US have police dogs which are called canine units.

4. border collie/collies —> a type of dog, a kind of collie (ボーダーコリー)

    Example: Border collies originally come from Scotland.

     220px-Border_Collie_liver_portrait  a border collie

5. stroke/stroked —> to pet/petted (撫でる/撫でた, naderu/nadeta)

    Example: She stroked the cat until it fell asleep.

6. pooch/pooches —> dog/dogs* (*casual or cute word for dog)

    Example: Our neighbors’ pooch barks all day and every day!

7. core motivation —> the main motivation

    Example: The core motivation to study at university is to get a job after graduation.

8. exclusive attention —> 100% attention

    Example: I gave my wife my exclusive attention on our wedding anniversary 😉

9. adapt/adapted —> modify/modified (適応する/適合した tekiō suru/tekigō shita)

    Example: Mike adapted this news story for this blog.

10. video/videoed —> take a video/ took a video (ビデオ撮影 bideo satsuei )

    Example: The seminar students videoed their presentation.

11. twice as likely to~ —> double the chance to~ (〜2倍の可能性が高い, 〜 2-Bai no kanōsei ga takai )

    Example: If you smoke, you are twice as likely to get lung cancer.

12. muscle in between A and B —> push (or force) in between A and B (AとBの間で自身を強制, A to B no ma de jishin o kyōsei )

    Example: The referee muscled in between the two K1 fighters.

13. third-leading cause of~ —> the 3rd highest cause of~ (3番目に高い原因〜, 3-banme ni takai gen’in 〜 )

    Example: Incinerators are the third-leading cause of air pollution.

14. non-accidental homicide —> murder (非偶発的殺人, hi gūhatsu-teki satsujin )

    Example: In Japan, non-accidental homicides usually do not happen outside the home.

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PART B) LISTENING

Instructions: Listen to the sound files online.  (Please use your headset.)

1) Click here –> LISTENING 

2) Click on the slowest speed.

 Level 3 full best

3) Try the next speed, “Slower,” and “Medium”. Find the listening speed that is best for you.

4) Listen 3 times.

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PART C) READING 

Instructions: This article has two paragraphs.  This article is LEVEL SIX. Take turns with your partner/s, and read this article 2 or 3 times.

Note to readers: The bold words and expressions are defined in Part A.

Study shows dogs get jealous of other dogs (July 26, 2014)

Dog lovers have known since time began that pets get jealous, but now a new study has shown that it is true.  A professor from the University of California conducted research into what makes dogs jealous. Dr Christine Harris first decided to investigate canine jealousy after she noticed strange behaviour among her parents’ three border collies.  She noticed that when she stroked two of the pooches at the same time, they became aggressive towards each other.  Both dogs tried to knock her hand away from the other so they could receive maximum attention.  She said: “To me, that really fit with the core motivation of jealousy…. I was petting them with both my hands, not just one.  They wanted exclusive attention.  That got me to thinking about jealousy in dogs.”

Professor Harris adapted a jealousy test commonly used on young children.  Her research team conducted tests on 36 different dogs in their homes and videoed their reactions.  The dogs’ owner had to read a short passage from a book while petting a toy dog that wagged its tail and a Halloween lantern. Harris wanted to see how the dogs reacted to their owner petting the toy dog, as well as looking at if they had any reaction to the petting of the lantern.  She noticed that the dogs were twice as likely to be jealous of the toy dog.  A third of the dogs tried to muscle in between the toy and its owner. Professor Harris thinks it is important to understand jealousy more. She said: “Jealousy is the third-leading cause of non-accidental homicide across cultures.

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PART D) SPEED READING
Instructions: Try speed reading!  Click on the links below, and try ALL 200 WPM*, 300 WPM and 400 WPM! (400 WPM is New York speed. Good luck! )

*WPM= Words Per Minute

Click here—>  200 WPM  (テキサス スピード)

Click here—>  300 WPM  (カリフォルニア スピード)

Click here—>  400 WPM  (ニューヨーク スピード)

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PART E) Multiple Choice – TOEIC-Style Quiz
Instructions: Take the online quiz.  Click —> here

What was your score?

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PART F)  Your comments
Instructions: Everyone, write a comment for this blog post.

UEH students ask RU students questions.  RU students ask UEH students questions.  Ask Mike.  Ask Phương.  You can ask a question, give an opinion, or respond to a comment.  BUT, everyone must write something.  Please write your name (in English) so you can get credit for participating.  Please keep your comments concise and not too long 🙂  You can write more than one comment.
Example:
RU: Hi, my name is Makoto.  I have a question.  Do all children in Ho Chi Minh go to school?  Is it a law? Thank you.

UEH: Hi Makoto, my name is Anh Dung.  I will try to answer your question.  Actually in Ho Chi Minh City, we have a law.  All parents must send their children to school. It is the law.

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK

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                                   A jealous pooch!

See you next week!

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