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  • ueda51 1:25 am on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy New Year to All Members !!!

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  • masanori 2:58 am on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    In a zoo, A monkey threw his shit to my family today.

     
  • masanori 3:15 pm on December 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I bought the Oxford Picture Dictionary on Amazon.

     
    • ueda51 5:18 pm on December 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i’ve never heard about Oxford Picture Dictionary.
      it seems interesting to me for designers.
      howver i do not use it usually…

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

    Found this site through Google ad. Open English-learning SNS.
    http://esaura.cc/

    Could be a good example for eigobu web site.

     
  • masanori 11:50 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I known the good domain that is “eigobu.com”. The eigobu.com is not used for any people now. If I get that domain, we can build original website by WordPress. And the plug-in that relates to the language will be able to be installed.
    …is this good idea?

     
    • Naoko McCracken 12:18 am on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds interesting. What kind of plugins are you thinking about? (Maybe Google AJAX Translation…)
      I think a BuddyPress site would be awesome too!

      • Ned 3:07 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s make sure we get the 2.9 Beta on there.
        I think we should have a community with Buddypress and then a magazine like homepage where we write articles in English and Japanese.

    • ueda51 6:12 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      it souds good.

    • Naoko McCracken 11:01 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Takayuki (@miyoshi) said WordBench might include non-location based “groups” in there. that’s probably the easiest way to go, but if we want to tweak the site and have fun with it, launching a new site would be better.

      so…

      WordBench “eigobu” group + magazine-like information site with a single WP?

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

    Has anyone used Rosetta Stone (software)? Any opinion?
    http://www.rosettastone.co.jp/
    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.

     
  • masanori 1:25 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I want iPhone client for P2 theme.

     
  • Fumito Mizuno 10:07 pm on November 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I’m going to buy Kindle, a electronic book reader.
    Does anyone have Kindle?

     
  • 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”.
      http://smart.fm/

      Recently, the website had a big change with the help of Adaptive Path.
      http://www.adaptivepath.com/blog/category/smartfm/
      I think It’s interesting.

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

      I’m going to use “lang-8”.
      http://lang-8.com/

      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.
      http://www.takanashi-it-factory.com/archives/450

      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”.

              秀丸 or others could work (see the sidebar)
              http://www.eijiro.jp/e/index.htm

            • 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 🙂

    • 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.

      http://gogakuru.com/english/special/social_media/index.html

  • Takayuki Miyoshi 7:45 am on November 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I did the first chat with the client. English chat always makes me panic.

     
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