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OLN Tool: Copy and Paste

Tool of the Week: Copy and Paste




Two things I learned in high school:

  • My most used skill: keyboarding
  • The goal in writing elegant software is “never write anything twice”.

You have used copy and paste, or cut and paste, I am sure. Most people use the menus. But when you find yourself typing the same thing again and again, a quick way to copy and paste is to use keyboard shortcuts. This is a combination of keys to do the same thing as a menu. Highlight some text on your screen. Which is faster?

  • Take your hand off the keyboard, reach for the mouse, move the pointer to the EDIT menu, select COPY, return your hand to the keyboard.
  • Hold CTRL (control) and push “C” key.

Using keyboard combinations to avoid mouse/menu interactions has saved me countless hours. CTRL+C and then CTRL+V to paste is the simplest, most useful keyboard combination. (On Apple computers, use the COMMAND instead of the CTRL.) The easiest way to learn the others (and there are many others) is to notice the edit menu. Here, we have the edit menu in PowerPoint.

The CTRL+A, for example, is great for selecting all the text in a document.

Once you start using CTRL+ combinations, you will find another pair that work really well, CTRL+F and CTRL+H to find and replace words or phrases in a document. If you like video, watch this 2-minute tutorial.


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OLN Tool: YouGlish for pronunciation

Tool of the Week: YouGlish




This tool will help you with the hardest part of pronunciation: hearing the sounds. Use to listen to words or phrases pronounced in many different YouTube videos. YouGlish (youEnGlish) scans all the YouTube videos and finds your word in many videos. You can listen to video after video, and YouGlish finds the exact place in each video where the word is spoken. You can select an accent, and a speed for listening. After you finish listening, you can follow suggestions for practicing. Here, I am listening to my 13th video with the word Coffee in it, and there are more than 6,000 more. I just click on that green forward button. Many more options like a daily lesson. Enjoy!


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OLN Tool News: Google Translate

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Each week, we bring a tool for you to use for language learning. This week is a great tool to help you on the internet. Google Translate can translate any word, sentence or web page on your browser. Use Chrome browser, it is much better than Explorer.  Go to

Copy and paste any word or sentence to get a translation. It is not perfect yet, but it is getting much better every year. A great way to see the main idea of a letter or article. (日本語)

And you can make it even easier to use if you add it to your browser as an extension.

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Tool of the Week:




Each week, we bring a tool for you to use for language learning. This week is a fun spelling game for free. To get Spell Up, just go to and have some fun!


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Yuzuru Hanyu victory parade in his hometown

DTMANAGE_000000020140427130829944-1The victory parade of Yuzuru Hanyu who won the gold medal in the figure skating boy of the Sochi Olympic was held in Sendai on April 26, 2014. 92,000 people gathered in the place along the route, and it blessed. Sendai, which is his hometown, was damaged by 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Hanyu said ” I’m glad to see many people who gathered the parade. I didn’t think that could have got gold medal four years ago. Please don’t forget about stricken area.”

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”ツ” is popular among oversea bloggers

The Blog has been the greatest communication tool to get in touch with people. Almost all bloggers are trying to make their blog popular by using some effective strategies. For example, they are always looking around the internet for their post. When it comes to blogging, people quite often use : ) or : < .  These kind of marks like people face is popular in all over the world.

Recently, people found the great use of  ”ツ” which is actually Japanese character in blogging and it has spread to the world. They use it as a smile face mark just like : ). For example, you can make (ツ). If you see it diagonally, you can recognize that it’s smile face easily. The boom of “ツ” in blogging first happened in middle east. And later people in the world started to use it. Check it out when you blog or tweet.

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CHOKi CHOKi” is a famous men’s fashion  magazine. I love this magazine and I’ve been reading it when I was high school student. The reason why I read it, of course there are so many good looking guys, and they are very fashionable. I like to see fashionable people, especially men. This magazine has three types that “CHOKi CHOKi,” “CHOKi CHOKi girls,” and “CHOKi CHOKi Rocknroll.” The last one “CHOKi CHOKi Rocknroll” is new. Now, when you buy “CHOKi CHOKi,” you can get “CHOKi CHOKi Rocknroll.” This magazine, you can read about not only fashion but also music, so if you like music, I’m sure you would like it!

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big heartDo you know the difference between “large” and “big”? They seems to have exactly same meaning but actually there’re some differences. “Big” is subjective and it means “huge!” “great!” or something like that. When you use “big,” you think it’s big but others might not think so. Also it’s used to compare something with something. In English, we can’t realize who is who when we hear “sister” or “brother,” so we can say “big sister” or “big brother” to distinguish because the word “big” means “great” as well. On the other hand, “large” is objective and it means size, capacity and area. Actually Tokyo’s area is smaller than Hokkaido’s, “Tokyo is larger than Hokkaido” is wrong. However Tokyo is bigger than Hokkaido on population or industry, so you can say “Tokyo is the biggest city in Japan.” I hope this information is helpful for you.

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Will the Docodemo Door will become reality?


Everyone think that if we have a Dokodemo Door, we could go anywhere that we want. The Docodemo Door will be success. We can’t go the place that we want, but we can go anywhere on the screen and see it. The service name is “the Secret Door.” It is a web service. It uses the Google Earth. It has also BGM, so the atmosphere is so good.

I guess, some scientist can make it someday. Our life is very convenient now, but the time is changed, I think the smart scientist can make it. It’s okay. Many people didn’t come here, they go to the future. Thank you so much!!!

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Learnist: Diet Soda is bad for you

Learnist is a wonderful website. It is like the “Facebook of Learning” where in stead of posting what you ate for breakfast, you post what you found that is interesting in your research. I highly recommend visiting Learnist just for fun, but also for when you need information that is better than a seach engine, because other people have looked at it before.

For example, what about Diet Soda? I always thought it was healthier than regular soda, because it has less sugar. But it seems to have a relationship to problems with your kidneys (腎臓), and with obesity, and with hangovers when you mix it with alcohol. Find all of these articles here, assembled by someone named Michel Ochoa. Thank you Michele.