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Tool 7: Feedly フィードリーダー

Tool of the Week: Feedly





Feedly is online software to organize your reading of blogs. Blogs are one of the best ways to keep up on recent information on the internet. The best ones are well organized and informative. Feedly helps you organize your blogs and make one easy place to read them all.

Starting out, you find a few blogs you like, and add them to your list (or feed). Each day, Feedly collects new articles from those blogs. I read about 35 blogs, and each day I might have 20-30 articles. Feedly makes it easy for me to choose the best ones to read. Feedly is just one rssリーダー, there are many more to choose from, but Feedly is the best. 説明書.

After a while, you choose the blogs that are more interesting, and Feedly sends you the best stuff on the internet. Here, you can see part of my feed, which has articles about general news and opinions, then my specialty, Educational Technology, or edtech.

Yours will look different.



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OLN Tool 6: Quizlet website

Tool of the Week: Quizlet




High school students in Silicon Valley near San Francisco are some of the most advanced computer users because many of their parents work in the computer industry, so they know how to study. Many of them use Quizlet to remember things. You can too.

Quizlet works like electronic flip cards, like the ones you used to test yourself in Junior High. But it does SO MUCH more. It can find translations for you to make your own cards, and you can share your card sets with your friends. There are thousands of sets already done for you to test yourself for TOEIC, or any other test. But I find making my own lists helps me remember best.

Quizlet monitors what you remember and what you don’t and asks you just at the right time to make your learning the best. Try it. You will like it. Here is a quiz about a Youtube video on Prison Food, which I made in less than 2 minutes.


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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!


Students Technology vocabulary writing

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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Ramen in New York

usalarmen600_467Ramen noodles are extremely popular now in the United states,New York. It is said that several more shops open in one month. The beggining of the ramen-noodles boom in New York is “Ippudo” which is the shops of  pork bone ramen noodles also famouse in Japan. There was a line of the waiting for 2 hours at the time of opening. When i went to New York, i could see that shop. It was really delisious same as Japan’s ramen.  It is known like a sushi now. It could be said that ramen noodles are observed most in New York.  If you’ll go to New York, I recommend eat Ramen noodles!!


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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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Listening to music is Studying English

Listening to music is one of the best way for listening English. Recently most of young people like to listen to music. They always have i-pod or any music players. Some Japanese people are attracted by foreign artists, such as Lady Gaga, Katy perry, maroon5 …and so on. We can buy their music easily in the shop or iTunes. And  we can listen to them anytime on the website like YouTube.

I like Disney movie music. It is translated from English to various languages. So I usually compare original (English) version with Japanese one. I can try to hear what  it’s saying. It’ll influence the listening skill. Also I try to turn the words into Japanese and I can find the new words from them.

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