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Hello! I am a Japanese woman who live in Japan. I like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and UK.
I am learning English. Please tell me when my English grammar is wrong. I often make a mistake.

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I was looking at the scenery outside the window over a cup of coffee.
Many people came to downtown shopping. They were walking with having a shopping bag.
And today's lucky fortune. It was successful.
By the way, Japanese women usually like black clothes.
1st Oct 2005, 13:02  


Dhamaka says:

beautiful flowers. I hope the coffee gave you the rest you needed!

1st Oct 2005, 13:58

yoshiko says:

Hello Dhamaka,
I am busy and work on holiday this week.
However, coffee healed my tiredness!

1st Oct 2005, 14:02

Dhamaka says:

I am sorry. I hope that it is not necessary for you to work *all* of your holiday this week

1st Oct 2005, 14:03

yoshiko says:

Thank you for your warm words...
Don't worry.
I am tired but I will have three consecutive holidays next week.

1st Oct 2005, 14:13

Dhamaka says:

That sounds a little better Yoshiko. Now I'm going to start work too *grins*

but I work for myself and I love it, and I don't have to worry about managing huge projects like the one you are doing...

1st Oct 2005, 14:17

yoshiko says:

Oh, you are hard worker, too.
You are great. You love your work.

Do I love my work? mmhh...
I am investigating a very large project 20 years ago.
If the work ends in the business time, I love my work.

1st Oct 2005, 14:41

mobology says:

I find business ends never - I am constantly trying to balance life, family and pleasure so moblogs are sometimes a great escape.

1st Oct 2005, 15:08

yoshiko says:

I feel as you feel, mobology.
Balancing is important and mobloguk sometimes allays my fatigue.
In addition, I am glad that "mobloguk" is improve my English.

1st Oct 2005, 15:25

yoshiko says:

Thank you for saying nice things about my English.
I always need English dictionary as it now stands.
And thank you for teaching me your new idea and explaining easily. I didn't know about 'shared moblog.' Then, I will refer to mobloguk's site.

1st Oct 2005, 15:45

Dhamaka says:

Your work sounds very interesting. Are you some kind of auditor? Or an academic?

1st Oct 2005, 16:38

Dhamaka says:

I think one of the things a Japanese person must find very difficult at the beginning is the familiarity with which people address each other in English. I know that when I was trying to learn Japanese that addressing people of different status in different ways was very very confusing. What do you think?

1st Oct 2005, 16:39

yoshiko says:

Does "address" mean a usage of the honorific langage?

I need complicated explanation to use respect language of Japanese. For someone who want to be recognized as a well-educated, it is important to use honorifics properly in Japan. It is necessary to use the honorific properly according to whom each different person's standpoint.
I think that it is a beautiful Japanese culture.

The comparison with English is not understood still well.

Does that answer you?

1st Oct 2005, 17:59

Dhamaka NLI says:

"address" in this context means the way that one chooses to talk to the person and yes, what I understand of the Japanese use of honorifics (which is not much) is very beautiful and has wonderful historical and cultural contexts.

So yes, it might mean usage of the honorific language in Japanese, it might also mean being very direct to a person or people in Dutch (many English people who are not familiar with Dutch think they are rude when they are not because of this) or it may mean expressing feelings to someone in another language such as English.

I think you are learning comparison with English very quickly and your grammar and chat gets better and better every day, which is a credit to you (this last phrase is an indirect English compliment of an old-fashioned and stuffy sort)

1st Oct 2005, 20:29

Dhamaka says:

Kon ichi wa Yoshiko-San. I hope you are not too tired today after all that work

5th Oct 2005, 00:43

yoshiko says:

Kon nichi wa Dhamaka-san.
Sorry for all the concern I've caused.
I worked 16 hours a day for the past a few days. That means, I go spark out at home!
But don't worry, I never die for the company.
I expect that I will fininsh off the job tomorrow, and will out the door at weekend.
Thank you. You made me warm and fuzzy.

5th Oct 2005, 12:34

Dhamaka NLI says:

no need for apologies :)

I am pleased to hear you will be able to rest soon and that you will not die for the company *grins*

5th Oct 2005, 13:19

yoshiko says:

Hello mobology, at present I'm not sure, but I suggested my moblog to shared moblog moment ago.

Dear Dhamaka, I learnt economics, business administration, and finance. I am a Master of Economics. Now I am in charge of local policy of urban planning. And also, I am in charge of huge development project (It is not TX project). But I am a small beer against the professionals. I just an office worker. I have no legal responsibilities.

10th Oct 2005, 12:03

Dhamaka NLI says:

domo arigato for your explanation yoshiko-san

Congratulations on your excellent qualifications. Your command of colloquial English is very impressive.

I think it is better to have no legal responsibilities, but to have responsibility for local urban planning policy is a big thing. So many hours work is not so nice, though...

10th Oct 2005, 12:21

yoshiko says:

Oh, yes Dhamaka, it is a big thing.
Let me add the explanation. I make, and propose the policy. Then, the governor or the minister propose it to the assembly.
Finally, the assembly decides on a policy.

And, my obligation is to answer various inquiries, and to explain. I become busy for that.

10th Oct 2005, 12:53

bianca says:

hi every body im 11 years old i live in queensland and im doing a project on the netherlands. i was wondering what is a dutch persons normal daily life

3rd Nov 2005, 23:50

bianca says:

is anybody dutch here that can please help. its due on monday and i need to now what they do on just a normal day

3rd Nov 2005, 23:52

Rich says:

I'm dutch! I'll be glad to help.

Every morning I wake up and take a load of drugs. This is compulsary for us Dutch, and it's something we like to do. Then I go to work at the tulip factory for a few hours, making tulips. I have a half-hour break at Drugtime for more drugs, then it's back to the tulip mill for a few more hours before I go home on a little boat floating on a canal filled with Heineken before a light tea of drugs (and tulips, if I'm lucky!) before I settle down for the night and hide in a secret room hidden behind a wardrobe for 3 years while the Nazi's try and find me. I also enjoy light jazz, and interpretive dance.

It's a simple life, but rewarding. Hope this helps!

4th Nov 2005, 00:02

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