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# posted on 11/30/2002          


 

Attention Ryukoku Students

The TOEIC test will be given to all 2nd year students on Wednesday, January 29th, at 9:20am.

I want to remind you of the links to the left that are good for online English study and TOEIC practice.


# posted on 11/28/2002          


 

Here are some optical illusions.


# posted on 11/28/2002          


 

Do you like rollercoasters? Well then you must pay a visit to the rollercoaster database.


# posted on 11/28/2002          


 

Maybe you could call this eye candy?


# posted on 11/28/2002          


 

GENEVA (AP) - South Korea has the most effective education system in the world's richest countries, with Japan in second place and the United States and Germany near the bottom, a United Nations study said Tuesday. Read more...


# posted on 11/27/2002          


 

For reading practice, see and learn how coca-cola is made. This is good for TOEIC practice.


# posted on 11/27/2002          


 

"Darryl Macer, associate professor at the Institute of Biological Sciences at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, plans to create a human mental map -- a database that would contain a log of every human idea". From Wired News


# posted on 11/27/2002          


 



An artist in the U.K. creates beautiful sea creatures from recycled hubcaps. Check it out.


# posted on 11/24/2002          


 

Have you ever listened to ambient music? Well you might want to check out the music of Yoshinori Sunahara from Hokkaido. It's smooth, mellow, and groovy.


# posted on 11/24/2002          


 





The Miho Museum
is said to be one of the most beautiful museums in the world, and it's right here in Shiga! Have any of you ever visited it?





# posted on 11/23/2002          


 

These days it's possible to have heart surgery without having your chest cut open! Read more...


# posted on 11/23/2002          


 

Do you ever wonder what your dreams mean? Some people think that you can learn a lot about yourself by interpreting your dreams. At DreamMoods.com, you can study your dreams while improving your English.


# posted on 11/23/2002          


 

For those of you interested in some easy listening practice about topics in america and the world, visit the VOA special english site.


# posted on 11/23/2002          


 

If you are traveling to another city and need a map of the subway, this might be a good place to look.


# posted on 11/20/2002          


 

I finally found the Japanese Movie Database.


# posted on 11/20/2002          


 

Read children's books online at the International Children's Digital Library. You can look at the pictures and read some wonderful stories while learning new phrases and expressions.


# posted on 11/20/2002          


 




Could this be the future of personal transportation? It's called a Segway Human Transporter and you can buy one at Amazon.com.




# posted on 11/19/2002          


 

megatokyo in English.


# posted on 11/18/2002          


 



Have you ever seen your classmates twirl their pens around their fingers, yet when you try it the pen just ends up falling onto the ground? Say goodbye to your frustration and learn step-by-step how it is done.


# posted on 11/16/2002          


 



Yoshie Suzuki is french-kissing her way around the world. She's a student at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and calls herself a "professional rebel".


# posted on 11/15/2002          


 

If you want to jump farther, put a 2kg weight in each hand.


# posted on 11/15/2002          


 

Squirrel Terror Sweeps Town

Yes, they're sooooo cute but WATCH OUT! Last week in a small English town, a cute little furry squirrel started attacking people and had to be shot.




# posted on 11/13/2002          


 

Have you ever gotten a mark on your neck from your boyfriend or girlfriend kissing you too long in one place? That's called a hickey. But there's no need to panic, Dr. Weil will tell you what to do.


# posted on 11/13/2002          


 

Do you have an Ipod? It looks like these Mp3 players are quite the world travelers. Where will they end up next?


# posted on 11/13/2002          


 

A Fun Wedding Celebration


Yesterday Hiromi and i went to my friend's wedding party. He is Irish and the bride was Japanese. There were many other 'mixed' couples there. The best part was the line dancing. It's quite popular in North America because it's easy to learn and lots of fun to do. After the party was over, we went to a small American-style restaurant/bar called Speak Easy, in Shugakuin. There were about 30 of us (mostly foreigners) and the staff were quite surprised. It was a fantastic day!


# posted on 11/11/2002          


 





Born in Hyogo in 1959, Manabu Yamanaka began exhibiting his photography about ten years ago. As you will see, his art reflects the Buddhist contemplative practices on death, suffering, and the human condition. Please take a look. What do you feel when you see these photos?


# posted on 11/11/2002          


 

English in China

"...many believe there are now more people studying English [in China] than there are native English speakers in the world." Read more...


# posted on 11/09/2002          


 

The Landshark

"May I welcome you to the world of the Land Shark. My name is David Baker and I would like to show you the worlds fastest and neatest amphibious vehicle.
(Land 200 mph/water 50 mph)"


# posted on 11/09/2002          


 

Here's the next riddle:


Which common English word is most often pronounced incorrectly?


If you have a guess, please write a comment. Don't be shy!




# posted on 11/08/2002          


 

Get your powerbook painted in a traditional Japanese style. A kimono maker in Kyoto runs a business on the side turning Macs into objects of beauty. Take a look at his website.





# posted on 11/08/2002          


 



It's Enari Potter!


# posted on 11/07/2002          


 

Do you enjoy cooking? Are you looking for some simple and delicious recipes that are easy to make in the Japanese kitchen? If so, please visit Kyoko's Kitchen and see what's for dinner tonight.


# posted on 11/07/2002          


 

In pro soccer: The new champions of the African Champions League, AS Adema won their match last week by the incredible score of 149 - 0. This is a new world record. Read more...


# posted on 11/06/2002          


 

Important Notice to students in nursing, engineering, and Ryukoku conversation classes 14 and 15: if you have not chosen a presentation group and date of presentation, please do so this week. Otherwise, you will be assigned to a group and date. Email me please.


# posted on 11/05/2002          


 

Like it or not, your study of the English language might prove to be very useful. According to a recent article in Wired News, 50% to 90% of the world's languages are predicted to disappear in the next century (100 years). So language experts are trying to save thousands of the world's languages on computer disks. Their work is called the Rosetta Project. Read more...


# posted on 11/05/2002          


 

Click here to see the real Harry Potter school in Gloucester, England. The pupils of this school were used as extras in both movies.


# posted on 11/04/2002          


 

An amusing way to practice superlatives is to explore the Guinness World Records website. There are some really bizarre photos and interesting facts there. Please have a look. Are there any records that you think you can break?


# posted on 11/03/2002          


 

i don't know about you, but i'd love to get a full body scan for my wife, new baby, and i come spring time. Wouldn't that be a cool thing to put on your website? Would you do it?





# posted on 11/01/2002          




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