Aug 21, 2016

New York ends English-language requirement for cab drivers

New York City taxi drivers will not be required to speak English any longer. The change is the result of a new law that Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed in April and went into effect on Friday eliminating the English-language proficiency exam for taxi and ...

| Aug 1, 2016

It'll be all good once you learn how to use 'ii desu' the correct way

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Ima-wa ii-desu. (I’m fine for now.) Situation 1: A waitress asks Mr. Sere if he’d like another coffee. ウエイトレス: お客様、コーヒーのおかわりは、いかがですか。 セレ: あ、今はいいです。 Ueitoresu: O-kyaku-sama, kōhī-no o-kawari-wa, ikaga-desu-ka. Sere: A, ima-wa ii-desu. Waitress: Would you like another cup of coffee, sir? Sere: I’m fine for ...

| Jul 25, 2016

Going from A to Z with 'no ho ga' and 'made'

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Tōkyō-kara Fukuoka-made iku-niwa, hikōki-to shinkansen, dochira-ga ii-deshō-ka. (Is it better to go from Tokyo to Fukuoka by plane or shinkansen?) Situation 1: Office trainee Adam asks Mr. Mita about transport. アダム: 夏休みに、九州旅行しようと思っているんですが、東京から福岡まで行くには、飛行機と新幹線、どちらがいいでしょうか。 三田: 値段は新幹線のほうが安いけど、飛行機のほうが、もちろん早いからね。どういう旅行にしたいかによるよ。 Adam: Natsuyasumi-ni, Kyūshū-ryokō-shiyō-to omotte-iru-n-desu-ga, Tōkyō-kara Fukuoka-made iku-niwa, hikōki-to shinkansen, dochira-ga ...