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Third Culture Kids and Hybrid Cultures

Where are you from? If you’re like most people, the question seems easy enough to answer. But if you hate getting asked that question in the first place, then you might be a third-culture kid. This is a phenomenon not … Continue reading

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Why Can’t Japanese People Say L’s or R’s?

Most Westerners who come into contact with Japanese people first wonder why they can’t seem to pronounce R’s and L’s. Those who are around them more often tend to observe that they actually can pronounce them, but they always mix … Continue reading

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Are the ESL Programs in Japan Doing More Harm than Good?

When you see the same mistakes being made over and over by different people – which you will inevitably see in the English education system in Japan – then the problem is clear. It’s not an individual thing; it’s a … Continue reading

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Love Plus Imagination – Part 3: Why Visual Novels (and Manga Comics) are More Popular in Japan

“Only a Japanese person would like that…” An ignorant and perhaps subtly racist statement, sure. However, for a different reason, there’s some truth to it when it comes to manga (Japanese comics) or visual novels (a video game genre that entails … Continue reading

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What Does English Sound Like to Foreigners?

What does English sound like to foreigners? Watch two videos that show what the rest of the world experiences when they hear North American English. Continue reading

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Is Japanese the Fastest-Sounding Language?

Research looked into the speed of speech of various languages. Where do Japanese and English stack up? Continue reading

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TED Gallery: Endangered or Forgotten Languages

In Skeptikai’s first TED Gallery, endangered languages are explored, from the forgotten Indus script, to the notion of a unifying language across the world. Continue reading

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