OLNews 7: Grazing for information: Feedly vs. Facebook

Welcome to this week’s OLNews, a (月) look forward at the week’s posts about learning English for SWU ELC students (and any others!)

Facebook is a monster, and we created it. It sends us only information it thinks we will like. I spend too much time, and in the end, I realize, I have not gotten that much out of browsing Facebook. WOT (waste of time).

I also use Feedly (リーダー) to pull together (aggregate) many different blogs from around the internet. Each day, like a cow eats grass, I graze this selection of new articles and keep the ones I find interesting. This, over years, has helped me much more than Facebook. 説明書. Feedly uses a technology called RSS that does not change your opinion, it only brings you the articles you want. Much better for understanding the world.

Take charge of your own learning. It is hard work, but worth it. Or you can be lazy and help create a monster.


Upcoming: Week of May 28- June 4
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Total Words vs. Words Read
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Get 2 views: Mixing reading and video
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches are NOT classes
Friday (金) ToolFeedly: RSS news collector

Last Week (May 22-28)
Monday (月) OLNews: Spaced Repetition
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Coming Soon: Books on Paper
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Keeping up with the news
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches moving to Room 3S01
Friday (金) ToolQuizlet for learning new vocabulary


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OLN News 6: Spaced Repetition

Welcome to this week’s OLNews, a (月) look forward at the week’s posts about learning English for SWU ELC students (and any others!)

Upcoming: Week of May 22-28
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Coming Soon: Books on Paper
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Keeping up with the news
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches moving to Room 3S01
Friday (金) ToolQuizlet for learning new vocabulary

Last Week (May 15-21)
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Note your speed
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Dig Deeper with Text Sets
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches a Success
Friday (金) Tool: Elsa Speaks, intelligent software for pronunciation

 

Remembering something is hard, especially if it is new. Scientists have been trying to find out how people remember best. They find that people can only remember a few things at a time, about 7 in a list.

They also found that you need to see or hear or feel something about 7 times to really remember it. That’s right, you need to see a new word 7 times before you can remember it. Now, if there is a long time between seeing the new words, that doesn’t count.

You have to see it quickly, 3 or 4 times in the same day. Then you need to see it again, but NOT right away. Wait a day or two, then see it again. Then wait 3 days, try it again, then a week. By the time you can remember the new word after a month, you have learned it.

This is called Spaced Repetition. If you ever used those flip cards in Junior High, you have a good idea. But a website that does it even better, because it gives you new words and recycles old words at just the right time, is Quizlet, our tool of the week.  Your secret weapon in the vocabulary wars. 

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OLN News Week 5: The 20-minute rule

Welcome to this week’s OLNews, a (月) look forward at the week’s posts about learning English for SWU ELC students (and any others!)

Upcoming: Week of May 15-21
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Note your speed
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Dig Deeper with Text Sets
Thursday (木) English Room: English Lunches a Success
Friday (金) Tool: Elsa Speaks, intelligent software for pronunciation

Last Week (May 8-14)
Tuesday (火) Xreading:  Use the 5-finger rule to find your level
Wednesday (水) Newsela: Making discussion groups
Thursday (木) English Room: English Room Now Open
Friday (金) ToolCopy and paste with a keyboard

Settling into the comfortable routine of classes from now until the end of July, with the only exception our 学寮, this is a great opportunity to get your study habits set. Timing is everything.

Do you know about the 20-minute rule? If you are at a dinner with friends, or at a party, the conversation flows on and on. But if you listen and watch carefully, there is a pause and a switch to a new topic every 20 minutes or so.

If you are at a presentation, or a lecture in class, have you noticed that after about 20 minutes, you start to think about your rumbling stomach or what you are going to eat for lunch, how your friend didn’t call you last night, or your plans for the evening?

The 20-minute limit to attention on one topic is universal, everybody has this limit. So it doesn’t make any sense to try to concentrate longer than that. Schedule your homework sessions in 20-minute sections. Stop for a minute, get up, walk around, focus your eyes on something far away. It only takes a minute, maybe 90 seconds, and you are reset, ready to focus again on your homework. Best to try a different subject, and come back to the first homework later if you need to. Mix it up. It really works.

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LINE

LINE 1Nowadays, we can see a lot of young Japanese people who chat with their friends, parents via smartphone in train. Almost all of them use “LINE” for chatting. LINE is the most popular chat application in the world. Approximately 70percents of teenagers and also 80 percent of twenties’ Japanese use it. From the research, teenagers use LINE almost one hour on weekends. Moreover, some schools uses chat application for contacting between teachers and students. Teachers send instant short message about schedule and important things. When I heard this news, I thought this is one of big issues for young generations. I know this is the easiest way to make “relationship”

With “someone”, and I can tell what I feel and do without face to face communication. However, I think young generations are going to be hard to speak in front of people or think deeply. I also turn into parts of this. Looking back over my daily life, I spend more than one hour to use iPhone for searching unknown words, watching movies, chatting with my friends, tweeting, and posting Face Book. Therefore, I think I will try to do other things such as reading books instead of using iPhone.

The amazing thing for non-Japanese women

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Have you ever had experiences that  you were surprised with totally unfamiliar things in the foreign countries? Maybe many people have them at least once in your life. So now, I would like to introduce what makes non-Japanese women surprised most.

According to the World-biggest online travel agency, Expedia Inc., 200 non-Japanese women who live in Japan now say that the thing made them surprised most is “Otohime(Sound Princess)” which is the equipment set in the rest room and makes sounds for the etiquette and protect the privacy. They were surprised because they don’t have it in their countries. I also think it is very JAPANESE idea.

Do you know we even have the potable Otohime if you really want to be sure to have it because some of the old public rest rooms don’t have it.otohime

Japanese people started this kind of stuff because Japanese people feel ashamed when they go to the rest room so that they started to flush too many times inspite of the fact that they really don’t need to do so. It is absolutely wast of water and not green and then Japanese people invented Otohime. That is the origin of the Otohime.

Greate italian restaurant, CONA!!

ryanblog3-1 conaDo you like pizza? If you like pizza, I would like to recommend you a restaurant named CONA. CONA is Italian & wine bar. There are a lot of menu. The all menu’s price is only 500yen. The most famous food of CONA is pizza. There are about 30 kinds of pizza. The size is about 30cm across. It is so big!! If you want to drink, of course you can. They have beers, cocktails, wines that price is 500yen. CONA has also bottles of wine that price is from 1900yen. So you could be enjoy your dinner. Lunch time is also opened. CONA is in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Sangenchaya, etc… Many places!! So you can go easily. I’m sure you can enjoy in CONA.

Wasabi-chan

668b40b007c63698b6f1e98a2fb8202eDo you know “Wasabi-chan“? It is a Japanese very small kitten. Why did Wasabi-chan become famous? The beginning was Twitter! One day, a woman found a wounded small kitten. It was inflicted by crows. She took it to animal hospital. And, she posted about the kitten on her twitter. Many people reacted her tweet. She started to post about the kitten every day instead of dairy. She names the kitten “Wasabi”. Wasabi-chan was getting well little by little. It has very big eyes and small body(about 500g). Many people’s hearts are healed. And also Wasabi-chan teach us “Live strong”. It is actually small, and weak. However, Wasabi-chan tries to live strong. It is growing. I was moved. I recommend you check the Twitter!

Sun burn care

imagesSummer came already. Are you taking care of your skin?  Sunburn care is important for your health.Sunbathing causes ultraviolet light to increase the melanin in your skin. This causes a sunburn.  So, not to increase the melanin, it is important to activate the metabolism of your skin.To improve the skin metabolism, there are three things which we have to do.  The first is that we have to get enough time to sleep. At least 6, but better 7 or 8 hours each night. The second is that we have to get enough minerals and vitamins A, C, and E.  The last is that we have to care for our skin with whitening cream. After the sunburn, we should cool our skin and drink water. If you don’t take care of the sunburn, it can affect your health. So, please take care of your sunburn and enjoy this summer!

What makes you smile

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How often do you smile in a day? Do you smile when you meet friend? Around your co-workers? How about your significant other? Read on for two reasons why smiling is good for you, your health and your social life!

1.Smiling can make you happy.
Mind-body connection we were just talking about. It turns out that the simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy. And when you’re happy, your body pumps out all kinds of feel-good endorphins.
2. Smiling can make others happy. 
Smiling is contagious. Your face makes  same expression, without you even being aware that you are doing it.  Please check the video!!

Let’s see shooting star☆

Meteor shower

Have you ever seen shooting stars?

Quadrantids (しぶんぎ座流星群) in January, Geminids (ふたご座流星群) in December and Perseids (ペルセウス座流星群) in August are called “three a year biggest meteor shower.” So we will be able to see Perseids soon.

In Greek myths, Perseids was born from the Almighty, Zeus and Danae. He became a hero by finishing Medusa who has snake hair. Constellation is related to Greek myths. They’re very interesting.

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (国立天文台) has informed about Perseids in 2013. We can see it during the period which is from July 20th to August 20th. And Observatory says from 10 p.m. August 12th to 3 a.m. 13th is the best time. And 30~50 stars will shoot an hour.