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  • Naoko Takano 11:14 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    We should do *something* to get this group more active. Not sure what though ๐Ÿ˜›
    Now that we have 20+ people here, I wonder if we start something more than just this.

    • horiuni 12:44 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think so too. I’d like to do something together.
      But I have no idea for now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • Toru 5:12 am on March 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        me too … what do people want to do? like, i dunno, English only WP workshop? English only nomikai? errr we all go and take TOEIC on the same day or something?w

    • Naoko McCracken 10:59 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll be in Tokyo (and Ned too) for Rokunana Workshop on Feb 28th. Ned will have to leave the next day but I’m probably around until March 2nd or so. Hope to see some of you there.

  • Naoko Takano 12:36 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: site   

    Found this site through Google ad. Open English-learning SNS.

    Could be a good example for eigobu web site.

  • Naoko Takano 11:31 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: software, tool   

    Has anyone used Rosetta Stone (software)? Any opinion?
    My family is asking me how it is… I heard a lot of good things about it.

    If it works, I want to try to learn another language with it too.

  • Naoko Takano 9:33 pm on November 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: recommendation, tools   

    I mentioned my favorite translation tool (Eijiro Viewer) on this comment.
    What’s your favorite tool for learning English? Or web sites (blogs), books, podcasts…?

    • horiuni 10:02 pm on November 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I like “smart.fm”.

      Recently, the website had a big change with the help of Adaptive Path.
      I think It’s interesting.

    • yakumo27 10:37 pm on November 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m going to use “lang-8”.

      You can write a diary in your favorite language, and native speaker will check it.
      Also, you can check the others diary wrote in your native language.

      I’ll try and report it!

    • Atsushi_O 6:36 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This is a convenient tool for person who listen the NHK radio program, I think.

      On web sites for the NHK radio program, everyone can listen only last weeks lessons.
      This windows application automatically capture their sounds and change FLASH data into MP3 files.
      This is also convenient for person who study the Chinese, Korean, French, Italian and so on.

      FYI: http://www.nhk.or.jp/gogaku/english/business2/index.html

    • Toru 11:36 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Eijiro online, on alc. But then, Eijiro isn’t always right, so I cross use Google Search, to make sure its a real word or phrase used out there in the real world.

      • Naoko McCracken 11:44 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, I do that too. Google is also useful if you’re not sure about what you’ve written (use quote to search for a set of words).
        Toru, if you use Eijiro enough, I recommend installing a desktop app (there are some windows apps too). You’ll save a lot of time & you can be offline.

        • Toru 12:08 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          there are no free desktop app for windows. I bought the cd-rom version, but it cannot cross search the examples. where as the online version can. So i only use that I am on away, with laptop.
          I wonder how can eijiro viewer can be free, as the dictionary file costs some money….

          • Naoko McCracken 12:18 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            I used to use PDIC long time ago – I thought it did search within examples too but I may be wrong. Is REIJIRO registered as well?
            Free viewers on Mac is as useful as online search.

            • Toru 1:02 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink

              yes, reijiro is registered as well. I think it might cross search, but way the search result show is “incremental search”, so it become useless really.
              Does Mac’s free viewer contain the dictionary file? or does it look up on the alc’s server?

            • Naoko McCracken 1:11 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink

              Mac viewers don’t include any dictionary file. I downloaded Eijiro file from their web site.

              Mac version does incremental search – so I guess I can’t say it’s “as useful as online”.

              ็ง€ไธธ or others could work (see the sidebar)

            • Toru 1:23 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink

              i don’t have hidemaru …
              I see, the mac one is just the viewer, and you need to get the dictionary file yourself.
              there are iPhone / iPod touch application of eijiro too. do you use any of them? I have bought iPod touch, so I am thinking of downloading that for my next business trip ๐Ÿ™‚

    • masanori hashimoto 1:33 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I bought iEijiro on iTMS now. That is iPhone/iPod touch Application.

      • Naoko McCracken 11:26 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t have iPhone Eijiro app. (I’m usually with my computer when I use it the most…)
        Let me know how you like it!

    • Atsushi_O 3:22 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have just found a interesting English service ‘GOGAKURU’.
      You can follow this service on twitter.


  • Naoko Takano 10:28 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The new oEmbed feature is already in place on WordPress.com.

    If you enter a URL from YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr and some others (Edited: YouTube only for now), the video/image will be expanded. For example:


    will be expanded as:

    (you can write code using [sourcecode] ... [/sourcecode] shortcode.)

  • Naoko Takano 12:46 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Notes for Members 

    This is a (temporary) sticky post. Welcome, Everyone!

    • If you want to join as a member (memberes can start a new thread), use the contact form to send a request.
    • Please write something about yourself & find out about other members on new member introduction thread.
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  • Naoko Takano 11:59 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    who did the logo? cool! I think we should add English too ๐Ÿ™‚
    You can change the background color (or I can use CSS upgrade to add a custom background image) from P2 admin.

    Because we have quite a few members now, I am assigining @masanoryc @miyoshita @odyssey as admins. If you want to be an admin so you can change site settings, please comment here.

    • andrewyamada 12:04 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      its so late today (maybe yesterday)so i think i should go to bed. see u next time fellows.

    • odyssey 12:12 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      > Now-co ๐Ÿ™‚
      I made Tears to write this masthead, and cooked it on photoshop.

      I thought I added english, but i didnt come up with that.
      What should i add? Eigobu? English Circle and anything like that?

      • Naoko McCracken 12:23 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder why the site title is hidden. I think the header (or the site title text) should be clickable.
        My opinion: the header image looks fine, but should leave
        “Eigobu” (title)
        “English Language Group for WordPress Users & Friends” (site description – I updated it on settings page)

        You might need to move the writing in the log to the side.
        What do you think?
        If you want to use custom CSS, I can set it up too.

  • Naoko Takano 11:22 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ll add Shashinbu (Photo Club) to the sidebar.

  • Naoko Takano 7:51 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Why don’t we introduce ourselves?

    I’ll go first…



    • Toru 12:42 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey! I’ve just joined!
      I`ll go second … but I can’t orz

      I have decided to give it a go with SharkSpace, and currently in process of moving my blog from Sakura. Actually, the DB has, but I am very confused with US server’s way of handling the domains …. parked domain, add domain, etc…

      but if you want to enjoy the 403 forbidden, here is the blog

    • Fumito Mizuno 5:45 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I joined Today.
      I am a web engineer and also a translator.
      My blog is http://ounziw.com/, hosted in wpcom, written in Japanese.

    • miyoshi 9:42 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi there! My name is Takayuki Miyoshi. I’m a WordPress plugin developer. My blog is here: http://ideasilo.wordpress.com/about/

    • horiuni 10:42 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi guys.
      My name is Takako Horiuchi. Please call me Hori or Horiuni.
      I work as a web designer, corder, marketer, consultant and more ๐Ÿ˜›
      And I run a really small web design company.

      Blog http://unnun.com/
      Twitter http://twitter.com/horri

    • okkey 10:51 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My name is Shinji Yamashita. I live in Fukuoka.
      My friends used to call me “okkey”.
      I met Naosan and miyoshisan before.
      I join WordBench of fukuoka. Although I just went there only once.

      I love to blog using WP so much.

      Blog : http://how2mono.com/
      Twitter : http://twitter.com/okkey

      Feel free to contact me anytime ๐Ÿ™‚

    • odyssey 11:16 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, there.
      Im Odyssey and wondering around the world of WordPress.
      If you want to meet me, check out my blog http://www.odysseygate.com/ and http://twitter.com/odyssey

      (And im in http://ja.wordpress.org/ and http://shashinbu.wordpress.com.)

    • Atsuhi_O 11:27 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Nao-san, Please add my account .

    • Naoko McCracken 11:56 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Added @yorozu. This thread is getting loooong.
      New memberes – please don’t forget to write a short introduction ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 1080d 1:05 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      What up everyone?

      My name is Ned and I live in NYC but I am planning to move to Fukuoka.

      I use WordPress a lot.

    • ueda51 8:52 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My name is UEDA, Koichi, @ueda51.
      I grew up in Osaka.
      After graduating from high school, i moved to Tokyo.
      now i’m living in Tokyo, Mitaka City.

      I am a web engineer, mainly using Java.
      You can see me here.

    • quinnhigurashi 11:17 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Everyone,

      I joined here because I may be able to share stuff I do to improve my English. I am a bit shamed that I am not that good at English as I supposed to since I have a college degree in the USA. Oh well, it’s a long time ago anyway…

      • Naoko McCracken 11:24 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Quinn,
        Where did you go to college & what did you study?

        • quinnhigurashi 11:29 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Hello Naoko-san,

          I was graduated from CSULB in California with Fine Arts (Photography) in 1997. But I am a web developer now. I don’t know how I came this way.

    • kz 6:55 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, my name is Kazuhide Fukuyama a.k.a. kz. I am highly addicted to WordPress. I love detailed design and extreme coding.
      Find me on

      Naoko taught me how to pronounce ‘WP(double-you-pee)’.
      More question here:
      How do people pronounce ‘wper’ ?
      Nobody say ‘wpist’ ?!

      I believed my message sent by Contact form will be automattically posted in this thread ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Naoko Takano 7:50 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Added @1080d as a new user. Welcome, Ned!

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