The Universe, said “Glad, Earth has joined the game”, that was about two days ago. Universe: “At last, you fuckers, now don’t lose your life, try and feel. don’t break any national laws, or international conventions, informal rules are ok to break sometimes, but they might hurt some people. Feel life or you lose.”. That’s […]
This the Everyday Language Blog Archive.
I write articles about English and Japanese: language learning, culture and life.
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It is expensive to call phone numbers that start with 0870 or 0845 In the UK, companies often give customer service phone numbers beginning with 0845 or 0870 when their customers need to call them. To make phone calls to these numbers is very expensive. “Calls to 084 and 087 numbers incur both an Access […]
Learning to adjust: culture 101 Learning languages is not only a matter of learning lots of words, grammar patterns, phrases, pronunciations and writing systems. It’s also about learning about the culture of a different country and about learning how social life is organised differently. How things are different was clear the first time I came […]
Read more, learn more At some point in your language learning journey, you are bound to hear that – reading more will help develop your language skills. However, opening a book, newspaper or website in your language of study (L2) for the first time can be a daunting experience. Or, on the other hand, you may […]
During one of my previous searches for quality Anki decks (see this blog article) I found on the Memrise website some excellent decks that could be exported into Anki. Well, I should say there were some decks on Memrise, but since Sept 2017, an update to Memrise has removed the export function. Damn it, stupid […]
In this post, I introduce two websites that can be used to find the best new non-fiction books, plus seven of the best non-fiction books I have read recently. How to find good non-fiction English books In the last few years, what with learning Japanese, becoming a dad, and job stuff, I haven’t had much […]
Who needs a money saving expert? There is one website you need to know about if you are going to live in the UK and want to save money. It is called moneysavingexpert.com and it could save you hundreds if not thousands of pounds. Moneysavingexpert is a website that has the latest advice and information […]
Real Japanese from the streets! Want to learn Japanese slang? Or Japanese martial arts? Or how Japanese people think about love? Sushi? Or tourism? Then this playlist of 19 short videos is for you. In the videos, Mona the presenter, interviews people on the streets of Sendai and asks them about all the above topics […]
How can I get good Anki decks for the JLPT N2 exam? (heads up – Skritter account needed) While one of Anki’s strong points is its users and the shared decks users create. This is also a weakness as many users share decks with a lot of typos or mistakes. In particular, finding quality Anki […]
Awesome Anki decks for you In this post, I introduce four great Anki decks for studying Japanese. All of these are high quality and have Japanese and English translations. Please note, Anki decks are sometimes removed by the authors who publish them which I don’t have any control over. However when I checked all these […]