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    Sorry but I have to correct some things here... ...

    Sorry but I have to correct some things here...


    Wrong. Japan's history is filled with civil wars, both large and small. The last being the Boshin War from 1869 to 1869.

    You wouldn't...
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    And it's nothing more than that too. I got an...

    And it's nothing more than that too. I got an email from a friend the other day feeling down about his English ability. One of this complaints what not being able to read or write properly, as well...
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    That's exactly true, and it's the point that I...

    That's exactly true, and it's the point that I was getting at. If you want to learn a language properly then going to one or two classes a week is not going to do anything for you. So when they...
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    Interesting discussion. I'd just like to add that...

    Interesting discussion. I'd just like to add that I'm not totally against the "Nova way". In fact, I'd actually quite like to take Japanese lessons in the Nova style because, as bakaKanadajin says,...
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    I've never quite understood the whole "I want to...

    I've never quite understood the whole "I want to study English conversation" thing. Surely a well rounded process of grammar, vocab, plus speaking practice is much better overall than the rubbish...
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    I'm so glad I got out when I did. Getting that...

    I'm so glad I got out when I did. Getting that final pay cheque last month was a big relief, now all I have to worry about are my friends that are still there. Poor buggers. English teaching in...
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    Just did some quick research. McDonald's opened...

    Just did some quick research. McDonald's opened in Japan and Australia in the same year, 1971.

    Japan had McDonald's before the following western countries: the UK, Sweden, New Zealand,...
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    Two covenience stores within 100m from my place...

    Two covenience stores within 100m from my place in residential southern Osaka. There are a lot AM PM stores in Osaka too, I use one everyday to get my coffees, but they're not as prevalent as...
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    Sticky: Poll: A lot of those points are really precise and...

    A lot of those points are really precise and detailed. Good job putting the list together.
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    Poll: This is something that still shocks me everyday...

    This is something that still shocks me everyday and was one of the first things I noticed when I came to Japan. Still, no one has given me a good explanation as to why so many Japanese people's...
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    Poll: Hmm...interesting choice of words. Definately...

    Hmm...interesting choice of words. Definately puts it all into a new light for me now. Thanks :)
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    Poll: The amount of words that come from English...

    The amount of words that come from English baffles me. Words like "chenji" instead of 変える and "durinku" instead of 飲み物 I find simply rediculous. I sometimes wonder if there's some sort of...
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    Poll: Fair enough, I'll give you your 1/3. Not sure...

    Fair enough, I'll give you your 1/3.

    Not sure about your last comment though. I've never met a second generation immigrant whose English has suffered as a result of their parents'. My...
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    Poll: I think you misunderstood me. This is the part I...

    I think you misunderstood me. This is the part I had a problem with - "400 million live in English-speaking countries - but probably 1/3 of those are not native speakers of English, as...
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    Poll: Regarding foreign crime, I remember one funny...

    Regarding foreign crime, I remember one funny English conversation class that I had where there was a police officer present. Nice guy, had some great stories. One student asked him if he has to...
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    Poll: About police checks, I've been asked for ID four...

    About police checks, I've been asked for ID four times, however, coincidently, twice was one day, and twice was on another. Here's a breakdown, judge for yourself if it looked discriminatory:
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    Poll: The complete randomness of city design in Japan...

    The complete randomness of city design in Japan baffles me. But I guess I'm use to towns having some structure and design to them, like with a proper city centre, and allocated alotments for certain...
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    Poll: I can't understand this from the 'Common...

    I can't understand this from the 'Common Misconceptions' link:

    "but probably 1/3 of those are not native speakers of English, as English-speaking countries are predominantly immigration countries....
  19. Poll: I think I was on the flight that had the videos.

    I think I was on the flight that had the videos.
  20. Poll: Haha, so I wonder how the woman at the train...

    Haha, so I wonder how the woman at the train station kiosk felt when I asked if she was unable to speak Japanese?

    Me: 地図が売りますか。
    Kiosk lady: えええ。。。えええ。。。マッポ????ええ、ハット、ハット、えええ(pointing to a man...
  21. Poll: I have to admit, I get really annoyed when I...

    I have to admit, I get really annoyed when I speak Japanese and they speak English back. Even when they say "thank you" or "sorry" I find it irritating. Yesterday at the supermarket when I bought a...
  22. Poll: There's not much "Japan has four seasons" talk at...

    There's not much "Japan has four seasons" talk at all here in Osaka. The most I got was comparing the seasons of my home town to Osaka, and someone saying, "so your home town has four seasons like...
  23. Thread: Thanks Maciamo

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    Just out of curiosity, why has Maciamo gone back...

    Just out of curiosity, why has Maciamo gone back to Europe? I had no Internet for about five weeks and have come back to find my favourite poster/(ranter) gone.
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    I don't really have too many problems with Eigo-bandits nor people addressing me in English here in Osaka. In Osaka I've never had anyone try to blatently practice their English on me. I...
  25. celtician, similar stories can be found in...

    celtician, similar stories can be found in Hokkaido Highway Blues. The author actually talks about Alan Booth a few times.
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