Posts tagged culture


Introducing The Japanese Culture Blog

Japanese is a means to an end. No one sane studies Japanese for over a dozen years, becomes a professional translator, and learns all the complexity and nuance of this language because the language is fun. Yes, it is a…

August 23, 2010, by


Green eLearning: From electronic to energy-efficient

Okay, let’s face it. From a literary perspective it might not be considered the greatest creative genius to simply add a lower case letter to a word in order to create a brand or product name. I don’t want to…

April 16, 2010, by

Learning English

A Language Carries An Entire Culture On Its Back

I like to say, language begins from personal experience. As little children, we learn from others how to identify objects around us. Repetition of words occurs in the context of what things in the family home are called. Language, however,…

March 29, 2010, by


Samurai: Sometimes Warriors, Always Servants

The word “samurai” evolved from the word “saburai,” which itself is rooted in the verb “saburau,” meaning “to serve.” The kanji for samurai, 侍, is composed of two components, or “radicals”: a man (on the left), and a temple (on…

March 13, 2010, by


Culture in “Language” Tests

By the way, culture being a key element of “language” Tests is not unique to IELTS whatsoever. One study question for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in a Japanese-language study guide concerns what to say when a customer calls…

March 12, 2010, by

Learning English

Helping “With Your English” Vs. “With A Test”

As an English tutor, I like to present contrasts. By using “Vs.” (versus), I define a word or phrase not by what it is, but what it is not. This is often the easier and better method by far. In…

March 9, 2010, by