2015年10月08日

Homophones

Homophones sound the same but look different. They have different meanings.
*Homographs look the same but sound different.

How do you pronounce Gorilla and Guerrilla? Their pronunciations are totally different in Japanese, but they are homophones in English.
How to pronounce "Gorilla" vs. "Guerrilla"

I am not sure if the pronunciations of "Korea" and "Career" are identical or not. Some people say, while they are homophones in British English, they are not in American English.

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2015年10月07日

The Economist

Today, we talked about comics and magazines in English class.

As for magazines, I have some "National Geographic Special Issues" such as "How Things Work" and "Wonders of Ancient World." I was not going to buy "Time" or "The Economist" bacause I am not interested in business.

After class, my teacher gave me "The Economist Dirty secrets of the car industry." He likes "The Economist" much better than "Time." Luckily, I am going on a business trip this week. I will read it on the plane. It is my challenge!
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2015年10月06日

What did he mean?

Dan Pink made a TED talk. Its title is "The puzzle of motivation". I think most of the non-native speakers are confused about his joke.

"To put it mildly, I didn't do very well. I, in fact, graduated in the part of my law school class that made the top 90 percent possible". (Laughter)

I have found two answers online. Which do you think is true?
top 90% "possible"の意味
make the top 90 percent possible

When I watch videos, I use English subtitles. Japanese ones might have some serious mistakes.
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2015年10月05日

A Hot Business Idea?

Today, I talked about food and agriculture with my teacher.

There is a new type of food source. It is not common in Japan yet. It has more protein and other nutrients than beef. It is the cricket. Some people keep the cricket as pet to enjoy the song. I cannot imagine how it tastes.

The founder of BIG CRICKET FARMS said, "This is amazingly space and energy efficient. Anything cold-blooded has an advantage over something else warm-blooded". The farm has to turn away lots of orders for lack of production capacity.

Raising insects for food can be a lucrative business idea.

*CNN Student News - October 2, 2015
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