Monday, December 27, 2010

What is your favorite Japanese film?

I took part in this YouTube collaboration, hosted and edited by a YouTuber living in Tokyo.

The film I talk about is "After Life" by Hirokazu Koreeda.

More info HERE.

My part in the video below starts at about the 4minute30second mark.


PS - What is your favorite Japanese film?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Daily English question

So I have a 1st year student who comes into my office just about every Mon, Wed and Friday just after the Media Center opens to ask me a question related to English grammar. Some are easier than others to answer and explain using my Japanese and simple English.

Here was today's question...

The set-up is this: it's a Family Circus one-panel comic strip.

Billy and Dolly (two children) are sitting at the kitchen table and their dog, Barfy, is watching them.
They're about to each eat a hot dog.

Billy says in the caption: "Hey! Don't say you-know-whats in front of Barfy."

OK - explain this cartoon to the Japanese student using simple English and very little Japanese, and specifically explain the usage of "you-know-whats" - you have 5 minutes. Go! :)


Go HERE if you aren't familiar with The Family Circus comic strip.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Brian Setzer - Run Rudolph Run

Fun Christmas music from one of my favorite musicians!


Are Christians the New Persecuted?

Interesting video from one of my favorite information channels on YouTube.

Good back and forth viewpoints from 6 British citizens on why they think that Christians are or are not persecuted in the UK today.

I wish America was moving more towards the secularism that is evident in England, but that is unhappily not the case. When people like Sarah Palin can gain traction in American politics, it makes me very wary of America's future.