Kiwis: 《口語》 ニュージーランド人;
off the top of someones’s head パッと浮かぶ
If you’re a learner of English or Japanese, did you learn that Mr./Ms. in English is equal to “san” in Japanese? I think that they are different. In most situations in which Japanese people call someone by their family name plus “san,” Americans, Britons, Canadians, Australians, and Kiwis call each other by their first name. I think “san” is more casual than Mr./Ms. Then, what expression in Japanese is similar to Mr./Ms? I think it’s “sama.” “San” is a friendly way of calling people, while “sama” is more formal. This is just off the top of my head, so I’d like to hear what you think. (written by a reader, edited by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
1. Theoretically, a woman can give birth to a maximum of 69 children in her lifetime!
2. Everyday in the world there are about 12 newly born babies who are mistakenly taken by other parents!
3.China owns all the pandas in the world. If you’ve got some pandas at your local zoo, they’re probably on loan!
4.There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on the earth!
5. Today you will forget 40% of what happened yesterday!
I often wonder why some words are easy in one language and difficult in another. For example, Japanese has a very easy word for the sounds that animals make. It doesn’t matter what kind of animal it is. You can use “naku” for the call of any animal. English is much more difficult. There is a different word for each kind of animal. In today’s quiz, please match the English word with the right animal sound. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)