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Good lead sentence, Max...... but to start with the name of the winner may not be so appealing to readers. Before this award, he was totally unknown. If that's Pacquiao, I agree putting the "who" detail first followed by the other information or elements in the sentence.  CNN Hero of the year, name of winner, then place of awarding could be enough for the lead sentence. Story could be told starting with the job, character and project that made the winner win the award...Sir Joe, what are the basics of Journalism that the quote observed well, and what rules were violated? :'( 

 ;)Give us refresher course, please.   :D

Your Thoughts Exactly / Re: Advocacy for Formal Language Instruction
« on: November 28, 2009, 04:56:54 PM »
Hi Silver Cross,
Any senior could be called boss or immediate superior, but the "senpai" could be just your "senior trainor", person assigned to train you, therefore your "master"; the understudy or trainee somewhat feels indebted to this trainor because of his "transfer of expertise" to his understudy. You're right. They somewhat "worship" their mentor (who could even slap them when they make mistakes, hehehe  ;D).
There is a big problem here in Japan about the seniors' mentoring of the younger generation. Old people want, as much as possible, to transfer their ability or skills to their children but young people have other interests and direction now. I think, knowledge , if they are good, should be handed to the young, but if no longer applicable and bad (like exploitation of workers) be discontinued or buried  :'(. Japan has to change, but that would not be possible until the nation is governed by better generations.

Renz, just post your questions or topics so I'd have leads for my next sharing. Thanks for enjoying reading my observation. ;D

Lounge / Re: Cat surrounded by iridescent flowers
« on: November 26, 2009, 10:42:32 PM »
Hill, what an interesting article that is! (Where are you? Been absent for two days?) Animals have their own way of communicating to humans. Not only cats, but also all other domesticated animals have this characteristic.

For some time, I learned how to react to the piglets my mother was raising when we were young. And, (as what Maxsims has mentioned), we checked on them "with clips in their ears". (The mother swine had the most number of different whinings and tune types. It was the noisiest, most incontrollable domesticated beast I have ever encountered. Its weapon is her siren-like, trumpet-like sound that you'd always regret raising pigs in your backyard (those were the days...).

My grandfather as well, learned how to interpret the sounds his carabao was making at different hours of the day, and his carabao had learned how to cope with the various moods my grandfather had. Sad, carabaos are the kindest of the animals I have ever seen, that no matter what words (or curses) my grand dad called the plump guy, it was always timid.

It's just the chickens I found so difficult to understand, but when food was around, they had the faintest cacklings. Mother hens also had the largest variation of pitches and beats, staccato or calm sounds,  ;) ;) ;). They dont say anything though, when you slip your hand into their nest, and you grab a very warm egg for breakfast  ;D. They just give you a souvenir red peck  :o :o ouch!

Dogs, I think, are closest to humans. They make sounds at the same time do some actions suggesting their thoughts and moods. Hmmmn. I think I am related to Dr. Doolittle.  ::) I'll tell you more... about monkeys and iguanas later...

madgirldoolittle :P

Education and Teaching / Re: improving teachers' english
« on: November 26, 2009, 07:27:05 PM »
Hi Vinzvonvan,
Are you teaching Korean students online? I have heard of a Japanese language school here hiring Filipino teachers teach English online. I think you belong to the group that teaches the Koreans? The going rate here is usually higher because of the high cost of living, so smarter language schools thought of hiring overseas educators for their online courses, especially from Philippines who don't have to leave their home country to be able to teach English. At times, I'd do that too. When some students needed highly technical English supports, I contacted a mechanical graduate and an accountant to conduct additional lessons by phone or video conferencing (30 minutes each time) added to my conversation lessons, as I could not provide everything they needed. I am really curious as to how other companies do it and how the more enterprising Korean companies run it (if you could share ideas about your system here...?). There was one online school that contacted me (Linguaphone), but I was not interested that time. Anyway, if you could share me a link (privately, or at the forum) to any school similar to yours, I'd be very glad.

Do you miss teaching our Filipino students? It's better to teach a bigger group, right? The reward is fulfilment. ;)

Lounge / Re: A trip down memory lane
« on: November 26, 2009, 04:53:08 PM »
wow!'re soooooo young! ulp, don't ask my age....just ask the men, they'll tell the truth  ;D

remembering memory lane...good, but should not end there...
we need to do something for the younger generations to experience the good of the olden days. i occasionally take my kids for a long vacation to our remote northern luzon province where life is slower and the environment is still filled with antiquities enough to illustrate what life had in the 60's  :D :D :D . the old guava trees that served as seesaws are still there  :D. unfortunately, the rivers have gone dry, so what we could do is just pick some pinkies, pebbles and other stuff as paperweight.

please visit the other pages of this forum. we just don't have time to type our thoughts. keep asking so that we'd be encouraged to reply. you are a new "light" of the forum. ;)

Badly Written, Badly Spoken / Re: Can anyone translate this for me?
« on: November 26, 2009, 04:37:02 PM »
"Behavior coaching refers to the individualized intervention ...

Private counselling means helping one person,

designed for the adolescent with special needs (ASN)

particularly an adolescent with learning difficulties (ASN-like autism, dyslexia, attention deficit, etc)

to enable him/her to acquire psychosocial-educational skills
to help him gain mental, social, learning skills

and competencies consistent with the normalization perspective."
and other abilities needed to cope with normal learning situations.  :'(

not all students have the normal abilities (senses and intellect) to be able to learn concepts logically and with ease. they need special trainings that would intensify the functions of their basic senses (hearing, speaking, motor or writing skills, etc). many of these children are put in special classes as their learning progress is much slower than normal children's pace. they could, however, be grouped in normal classes occasionally to catch up with the level requirements. special education teachers and doctors also need specialized training to be able to correctly assess the needs of special children, and employ specific remedies to address their difficulties.

my two cents...madgirl09 ;D

Education and Teaching / Re: improving teachers' english
« on: November 25, 2009, 10:01:12 PM »
hello vinzvonvan....I am happy that you are successful in whatever you do now, despite your being non-major in that particular field. isn't that one proof of achievement for your teachers seeing their student excel in life?

you asked whether our teachers get regular in-service training? of course they do. that is a requirement for teachers as they get assessed in professional growth often, especially during summer when the long vacation offers opportunities for advancement. what would they do during the long summer when they are paid with or without students to teach?

being fluent and proficient in english requires more than just attending seminars though. regular use of the language and serious self study could propel one's growth especially if the environment does not provide your target twang or foreign accent. it depends too where in the world you will use your english in.

i think it would be good if you could also enlighten us of the many other ways of improving oneself. tell us your secrets and effective methods.  ;)  madgirl

errr, vinzvonvan...may i ask if you are male or female?

Use and Misuse / Re: Comparatives
« on: November 25, 2009, 10:50:20 AM »
so what slogans should airplanes use, just curious? you fly? JAL is having trouble surviving, but DELTA is quick to buy it out. how can they lure passengers back? with the christmas season approaching and recent accidents in air navigation, what slogans do you think would click?

--- happy landing!
--- free cellphones in case of emergencies!
--- $30 to go home this christmas!
--- no noisy children aboard!
--- big Y seats at cockpits!

 ;D ;D ;D...just having fun here. no pun intended.

Use and Misuse / Re: Where do we find Technical Editing Softwares?
« on: November 25, 2009, 10:38:32 AM »
perhaps, you'd allow those stubborn writers who insist on their "wrong" spellings to go on with their self-prescribed vocabulary, NO ::). how did we call those people who were "far advanced in adopting non-conforming rules?" heretic? they got guillotined, right? the world is not flat after all, so how do we resurrect the dead we murdered? ;D ;D we don't call them "correct" or "wrong" anymore; they are just classified as (in grammar), common, ungrammatical or rare, depends where you come from, depends what your style is, case-to-case basis... ;). well, my "investigation of that "softwares" thing has not been resolved yet.

Your Thoughts Exactly / Re: Advocacy for Formal Language Instruction
« on: November 25, 2009, 10:19:46 AM »
oops, sorry. glaring mistakes....and my (' ) button sometimes doesn't work (or my fingers frozen?) :-[ ... patience...(gaman) ;D

Your Thoughts Exactly / Re: Advocacy for Formal Language Instruction
« on: November 25, 2009, 09:49:20 AM »
Hi Renz,
It turned out, the "golden ideas" were just chunks of mud my jeans gathered as I raced against "salary men" who were in a hurry to go home after 14 hours of "slave labor" late last night. The streets at Minatoku, Tokyo, where the embassies are, just couldn't look so attractive during freezing temperatures worsened by drizzles of rain. Like a wet kitten, I just "purred" in one corner of the train station, waiting for the express train to arrive to take me home. During these moments, youd always wish for the warmth of the sunburnt Philippines, the true land of the rising sun, where the sun always rises...

Today, I will share you PART I  (chapter 1) of my long and winding whining and ranting....
You asked for my personal observation?

In general, it is not true that Japan creates better students, better than the Philippines. If we are to study 30 Japanese high school students, and 30 Filipino HS students of equal economic status and similar parental educational background, you'd be surprised to find out that Filipino students would achieve more. ;) . Let me give you some points of focus for a more guided discussion:

If these 60 high school students would go to college, and then graduate from their four-year university course, what are we likely to find out?

1. Filipino students would have better mastery of their majors and fields of study than the Japanese.

Despite the 12-year previous schooling (elem to high), Japanese students would yield poorer skills in
many of the aspects of their study. This is because, the university system here follows something
like the "mass promotion" in our public elementary education in the Philippines, allowing students to pass regardless of the degree of their educational achievement. Passing the high school and college entrance exam seems to be the most difficult tasks in their entire lstudent lives, not passing every course in high school or college. So you see how each school disregards their usual curriculum for a more exam-passing syllabus. Once you pass the entrance exam and you got into the Uni. system, that's already a sure ticket to getting a just pay your tuition ;D. (It makes me mad seeing girls and boys in the college nearby, conscious only of fashion  >:(, without anyone holding a book, notebook or anything...when in the Philippines, students read their books even in jeepneys. :) )

Filipinos get tougher requirements; they have to pass every subject, every quiz or test, so studying every day is important; if they fail the licensure exams, there is no guarantee to getting employed.

2. Filipino students are happier in their entire student lives than their Japanese counterparts.

Don't you know that there are about 980 suicide cases just among elementary and high students in Japan last year? Yearly, there are about 32,000 cases of suicides from children to seniors in Japan. (Do not envy life here. How do you measure success in life? ) What are the possible causes of these situations?

Apart from this bushido spirit of sacrifice and self-lessness affecting their contemporary lives, the absence of religion and strong faith just makes many think that life is useless if they are not happy or successful. Two out of ten individuals here have no religion, no God to fear or love....nothing to serve as inspiration. Though their mothers stay at home fulltime after marrying, their fathers come home late, burnt out of their daily jobs as "slaves" of the company that values "organization and work" better than family. No one complains (shoganai-can't do anything anyway) and everyone is trained to be patient and enduring (gaman).

There is lesser bullying in the Philippines, as we are more socially-inclined. The "grouping" system in Japan, and the idea that everyone must conform to the wants of the majority, make many young people bullied by groups, or feel depressed. To the Japanese, it is a taboo to talk about your personal feelings.


1. Japan controls the mind of their people through this bushido spirit towards uniformity, moving into just one direction, manned and supervised by the senior expert minority. The young, unskilled, and inexperienced, will eventually adopt the expertise of the seniors out of decades of training. But as they get trained, they are ever obedient, and working to the strict command of their "masters" (senpai).

The Philippines has lots of bright individuals moving in various, opposing directions making the flow of progress stagnant and static. Just imagine how we row our boat. And, although the Philippines creates highly-skilled individuals and rare experts, the country is happier to just send them abroad to find their own luck, research opportunities, and dig their own gold mines, live and help enrich their new homes. For the Philippines, it is more convenient to just open the gate, than think of ways to produce wealth for its people, or providing a green pasture for their citizens' abilities to thrive and yield economic effects for the country in return. It is a hopeless case freeing ourselves out of this colonial mentality- that we can not stand alone, that our own products and people are inefficient against others  >:(. Our government policy makers must adjust their principles to the current needs , and study the examples adopted by Korea, Singapore and China in making progress possible in just a short period of time.

2. Young people here just play "electronic games" and have less communication with their parents at home, but they are pampered with lunch rations in school providing them enough energy and nutrition to stand their lessons everyday, and play numerous sports throughout the week. No wonder they have pools of Olympians, while the Filipinos, able bodied and bigger, have no one to send except boxers. Japanese athletes are always Olympic contenders, but no one from the Philippines except in this "violent boxing sport" and so, theres Manny Pacquiao. Sports and sports products here  contribute so much income for the economy.

Probably, if the 40 million young people in Japan, and the 60 million young people in the Philippines would have equal economic status, have same nutrients digested every day, and our Philippine government re-educates itself and open its eyes to reality, we'd far surpass all other G8 countries  :D. No?

Japan is now sliding from number 2 to number 3 in economy, while China is getting towards the second slot. Japan's population is aging, and young people do not marry due to the worsening economic conditions, and lesser government support. Hopefully, with the new ruling party, family subsidies would encourage young people to start their own families, increase the population , and would produce more workers to stabilize pension and security system, and earn taxes to maintain the high standard of living.


1. The Japanese learn ideas though their mother tongue, but our Filipino youth, from childhood, suffer from numerous language barriers just to understand the foreign concepts.Japanese high schoolers' degree of understanding of any science or mathematical subject matter may be higher than that of any Filipino's comprehension at HS level due to English language barrier/difficulty. But the momentum is suddenly cut; Japanese high schoolers' energies and the school curriculum concentrations are then diverted into cramming for college entrance exams. These young people don't get productive until they are absorbed into companies and begin to be law-abiding, obedient, never complaining manpower even if many of them die of work exhaustion. Japans scientific and technological secrets lie in this principle. They have experts and hi-tech companies pampered by the government, so they could design world-class products funded by billions of their country's wealth. The Philippines never invests in its peoples scientific abilities and research. This results to the Filipinos' total reliance on other countries to provide coveted science and technology that runs modern life.

2. The Japanese youth enjoy the same forms of entertainment other adolescents of the world experience. The dominant and affecting factors lie in the way the surrounding society reacts to their welfare and situation, and the way their government supports their upbringing.

If we think the Filipino youth's education is not comparable to our neighbor nations' status because of the results of their second language proficiency, our analysis is flawed. Measuring their intellectual ability constitutes employment of various instruments, not just English competence. If we think that our youth has not achieved as much, basing our judgement on the current economy of the Philippines, and of the average family income, our assumptions are short-sighted. Somewhere between the start of the educational process...towards the end of work/economic results, are the policies and contributions of the government, work environments, society, religion, family....It is HOW we utilize our people's energy and potentials that affect much of our current state.

Well, I think I have chatted a lot longer today than usual.....Gtg....Time permits, I'll share more personal thoughts tomorrow. Apologies for my disorganized thoughts. Being "madgirl" is always an excuse for not writing well :P  :P :P

Your Thoughts Exactly / Re: Non English majors teaching English
« on: November 24, 2009, 09:14:28 AM » that a tongue twister? i am sooooo interested in debating with others about the issues you raised. hope i can have time tonight. tata!  ;)

Your Thoughts Exactly / Re: Advocacy for Formal Language Instruction
« on: November 24, 2009, 09:12:21 AM »
renz, i will type a very long answer tonight. promise. i also am preparing for another long chatter in your other query about "teachers". i love to talk about these issues, but i can barely stand from my seat now due to the tons of books around me. how can i shake my madhead to yield golden ideas? after my classes at the grad. tonight, we'll discuss. 11 pm. japan time  ;D ;D ;D.

You Asked Me This Question / Re: verb phrase
« on: November 23, 2009, 07:22:07 PM »
I usually put that word "off" at the end of the sentence if I want to stress or emphasize "off". Verbs with their allied prepositions should, as much as possible, go together, but for purposes of emphasis, the preposition may occupy the last position in the sentence (to serve as adverb as well)...I think.

Use and Misuse / Re: Comparatives
« on: November 23, 2009, 07:11:24 PM »
Advertising has its own set of rules and psychology principles. "We move people better" could be a complete and precise message already. But the addition of "...safer" has a particular impact which could be addressing the major motorist concerns these days. Our people want to see more specific promises, and I for one would be easily persuaded to ride at Victory Liner (as it wakes me up a few minutes before my waiting shed approaches, screens passangers a bit...) if the word "safer is emblazoned on its sides. The ellipsis symbol (...) could explain the omission (of other details which may pertain to the various services it offers) making it that short and easy to register. IMHO-madgirl

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