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English Speakers – Ep.1


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World’s Greatest Libraries ★

Moldova National Library – Photograph by Daniel Zollinger

1. University Club Library – New York City, United States

Photograph by Peter Bond

2. Canadian Library of Parliament – Ottawa, Canada

Photograph by James Gillard

3. Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – New Haven, Connecticut

Photograph by Lauren Manning

Photograph by KAALpurush

4. Iowa State Capital Law Library – United States

Photograph by Tani Livengood

5. Suzzalo Library at the University of Washington – Seattle, Washington

Photograph by Sam

6. Admont Abbey Library – Austria

Photograph by Ognipensierovo

7. State Library – Victoria, Australia

Photograph by Waltonics

8. Library at El Real Monasterio de El Escorial – Madrid, Spain

Photograph by Jose Maria Cuellar

9. José Vasconcelos Library – Mexico City, Mexico

Photograph by Pedro Vasquez Colmenares

Photograph by Aurelio Asiain

10. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photograph by Ruy Barbosa Pinto

11. National Library of Finland – Helsinki, Finland

Photograph by Marj-Liisa

12. Mitchell Library – Sydney, Australia

Photograph by Christopher Chan

13. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at University of Toronto – Toronto, Canada

Photograph by Fadi J

14. George Peabody Library – Baltimore, Maryland

Photograph by Danielle King

15. Strahov Theological Hall – Prague, Czech Republic

Photograph by Rafael Ferreira

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Menu ★★

Black Bear Diner is a restaurant chain in the western United States, which serves homestyle and “old-fashioned” comfort foods. The first restaurant was opened in Mount Shasta, California in 1994.

Black Bear decor is a rustic motif with “over-the-top bear paraphernalia” and each restaurant is decorated with a 3.7 m black bear carving. The menu is in the form of an old newspaper; the portions unbelievably huge.

I visited a Black Bear a few years back while traveling through Central Oregon. Dying for a beer, I was disappointed to learn that the restaurant didn’t serve alcohol. No ales, no porters, no stouts, no lagers. Nothing! In a state which boasts of its microbrews, this is a sacrilege. I asked the waitress if we were in a dry town to which she replied with a pained look, “Something like that.” I ordered a chocolate malt instead, my first in about ten years.

I’ve included a page from Black Bear’s breakfast menu. Note how there aren’t any pictures. One of the nice things about restaurants here in Japan is that most menus come with photographs or illustrations so you know what to expect when you order something. Let me tell you, I was dumbfounded by everything that was hauled over to and then dumped on our table. The portions! You could have fed a nuclear family in Japan with each dish.


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Hawaiian English

Recently I’ve been listening a lot to KINE 105 FM, a radio station from Honolulu, Hawaii. It offers a selection of both old and new Hawaiian songs, as well as information about what’s going on. When you listen to it, you can almost imagine that you are actually in Hawaii. (Sadly, I’m not.)

Anyways, the more I listen to KINE, the more I pick up Hawaiian words which I understand from the context. This reinforces why it’s so important for language learners to expose themselves to the language they are learning. If you study English, then try to listen to English as often as possible. With the Internet, there are no longer any excuses!

Some of the Hawaiian words and phrases I’ve picked up:

Aloha Kakahiaka – Good Morning

Aloha Auina La – Good Afternoon

Aloha Ahiahi – Good Evening

Aloha au ia ‘oe – I love you

Kala mai ia’u – Excuse me

Mahalo – Thank you

‘A’ole pilikia – You’re welcome / No problem

A hui hou – Till we meet again

Pehea ‘oe? – How are you?

Maika’i no au – I am fine

‘O ia mau no – Same as usual

‘A’ole – No

‘Ae – Yes

Pupule – Crazy

Hau’oli La Hanau – Happy Birthday

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Happy New Year

Mele Kalikimaka – Merry Christmas

Keiki – Child

Pili loco – Local places

Ohana – Family, relatives

Aloha – Love, compassion, affection, etc.

And here’s a good resource for Hawaiian-English dictionaries.

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Irish Trad – Dervish

The folk music of Ireland (also known as Irish Trad) is the generic term for music that has been created in various genres on the entire island of Ireland, North and South of the Border. Dervish is a traditional Irish music group from County SligoIreland, formed in 1989 by Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes. The band was originally formed to record an album of local music which was later released as “The Boys of Sligo”. They later formed Dervish.