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Steve Jobs

Today I learned that Steve Jobs could have avoided a premature death from cancer by having it properly treated with modern medicine. He refused it for 9 months because he believed alternative medicine and diet would be better. It was one of his biggest regrets. I hope some people who are interested in alternative medicine find out about this famous case and realize the importance of modern medicine.
Here’s the wikipedia article that I read:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs#Health_issues

Seth

Dogs can tell when you’re laughing

I learned something really interesting about dogs today. Some scientists did some MRI scans on dogs to see how their brains responded to human voices. Apparently, the dogs’ brains responded to the voices in a similar way to humans’ brains. The scientists think that because dogs have lived alongside humans for so long, they have evolved to understand human emotions like happiness and sadness by listening to their voices. Here’s the full article if you’re interested, but it has a lot of scientific words in it:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-dog-can-tell-from-your-voice-if-youre-happy-or-sad-180949807/

English note:

“Dogs can tell when you’re laughing” means: dogs understand when you’re laughing.

Example:

Can you tell where he is from? (by hearing his accent)

Can you tell which way is north? (by looking at the sun)

I can tell he doesn’t like spicy food. (by looking at his face)

My mom can tell when I’m lying. (by looking at my face)

Seth.

Nintendo’s President

I read about how the president of Nintendo cut his own salary in half after the company’s sales figures went down. It really stuck out in my mind because in the U.S., there are so many stories of companies firing workers to save money while the executives get paid millions. There’s such a big contrast. I wish more companies would be like Nintendo.

Seth

Today I learned (TIL) about Kaizen

I just read a really interesting article on reddit from the TIL (Today I Learned) subreddit. It’s about how Toyota helped the New York City food bank. The food bank serves food for free to a lot of poor people, so it’s really important for them. A lot of major companies donate money to the food bank, but Toyota offered Kaizen instead. Toyota engineers managed to reduce the wait time for people in line for food from 90 minutes to 18 minutes. I think it’s a great example of how you can help people by using creative thinking, and not just by spending money.

Here’s a link to the article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/nyregion/in-lieu-of-money-toyota-donates-efficiency-to-new-york-charity.html

Seth

ためになる英語97

今回のためになる英語は、” I can’t stand ~”で、日本語の意味は「~は我慢できない」、「~は耐えられない」となります。動詞 stand の「立つ」とは全く関係ない意味になりますので、こちらはフレーズとして覚えて下さいね。

A: Do you have any plans this summer ?
(今年の夏の予定はある?)

B:I’m planning on going to Karuizawa.
(軽井沢に行く計画をしているよ。)

A: Oh, yeah? That sounds very nice!
(そうなの?すごくいいね)

B: Summer in Tokyo is terrible. I can’t stand the heat in the city.
(東京の夏はひどいからね。都市の暑さには耐えられないよ。)

A: I know what you mean.
(それ、すごくわかるよ。)

 

(例文)

I can’t stand the smell of natto.
(納豆のにおいは我慢できないよ。)

I can’t stand the crowded trains in Japan.
(日本の満員電車には耐えられない。)

I can’t stand living downtown in a major city.
(主要都市の繁華街に住むのを我慢できないよ。)

 

Yuki
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Genki

Since I came to Japan, I’ve been studying Japanese using a textbook called Genki. I like it because it’s easy to understand and has a funny art style. Recently I was learning how to use しておくand I came across this funny example:

A famous prophet said that there will be a big earthquake next week. Tell what the people below will do in advance:

山下先生は家を売っておきます。

He really buys what the prophet said if he’s planning to sell his house!

Seth

ためになる英語95

今回のためになる英語は、”Keep  in mind that ….” です。

・・・(that 以下)は覚えておいてね。心に留めておいてね”という意味になります。

 

Teacher : It seems that we have to cancel the marathon today due to bad weather.

先生:(天気が悪いから今日のマラソンは中止しなくちゃだね。)

Student : Yay, we don’t have to run! Running is the worst.

生徒:(やったー!走らなくていいって。走るの一番嫌だもん。)

Teacher : Okay, but keep in mind that you are going to have to run sometime next week.

先生:(オッケー、でも来週のどこかで必ず走らなきゃいけないことは覚えておくように。)

 

下記の例も音読して、今日中に使い方を覚えてしまいましょう^^

Keep in mind that you have to bring your own food and drinks to the potluck party.

(ポットラックパーティーには自分の食べ物とドリンクを持ってこなきゃいけないの覚えていてね。)

Keep in mind that you have to finish the report by noon Friday.

(金曜の正午までにレポートを完成させなきゃいけないこと覚えておく必要がある。)

Keep in mind that you need a Visa to travel to Brazil.

(ブラジルに行くのにビザが必要なのを覚えておくように。)

 

Yuki
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A subreddit about dogs

I was showing Chika some posts on reddit yesterday and we came across a subreddit called RarePuppers. I had never seen the word “pupper” before, but it’s clear that it means puppy, or dog in general, since the subreddit is all about dogs.

Someone posted this gif, of a dog helping with a garden:

https://i.imgur.com/0pR9iqc.gifv

This is the thing I love about reddit. There are always new and interesting subreddits to discover.

Nik

Evangelion Karaoke

Recently I went out for karaoke with some friends in Shibuya, and we noticed they had an Evangelion room. It cost a little more, but we were curious, so we tried it out. The walls were completely covered with images from Evangelion. I saw the movies a while ago, so I thought it was pretty cool, but some of my friends were really big fans of the show, so they loved it.

9/10 would do Evangelion Karaoke again.

(For reddit posts it’s common to end a story by rating your experience out of 10 and saying whether you would do it again)

Seth

Reddit: My favorite website

Hey everyone, I wanted to share my favorite website with you. It’s called reddit. It’s a website where people cast make posts about any kind of subject in different subcategories which they call “subreddits.” Reddit is basically a big internet content feed.

The most common subreddits are for things like videos, news, music, and cute animals. But there are also tons of subreddits for very specific interests, like specific bands, TV shows, languages, health advice, objects that look like people, and thousands of others.

One of my favorite subreddits is called “mildlyinteresting.” It’s a subreddit where people post pictures of things that they found mildly interesting. Not boring, and not too interesting, just mildly interesting. Here is a link to some of the best posts on /r/mildly interesting: https://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/top/?sort=top&t=all

As with all reddit posts, it’s important to understand the title before clicking the link, so make sure you read it if you check this out!

Seth