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06/30/2011

ドイル ボスコム谷の謎 2 (「シャーロック・ホームズの冒険」より)

Thursday Theater

"The Boscombe Valley Mystery" from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Part 2 of 5.

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06/29/2011

Nearby Galaxy Is a Stellar Thief

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Another article on strange things happening in the universe: this time it's a story about a galaxy that steals stars from a smaller neighboring galaxy!
From the Science Now page on the Science magazine website.


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06/28/2011

コンラッド Heart of Darkness 19

Tuesday Theater

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - 19

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06/27/2011

Lesson from Jimmy Johnson's Crash

Know anything about NASCAR racer Jimmy Johnson? I had no idea who he was when I read this short Newsweek article the other day. It's a good read, though if I have to bet I'd wager he didn't write this article himself but hired a ghost writer: it's rather too well-written -- just like the so-called autobiographies of Lance Armstrong. That should by no means count against the message of the article, though.

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06/26/2011

オズのまほうつかい 12-2

Weekend Theater 2 (for kids and the young at heart)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, chapter 12-2.
(Again, the chapter is a bit long. I've divided it into two parts.)

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06/25/2011

オーステン Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 17

Weekend Theater 1

Chapter 17 of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

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06/24/2011

村上春樹 カタルーニャ賞受賞スピーチ 3/3

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The Catalonia International Prize acceptance speech by Haruki Murakami, June 11, 2011. Part 3 of 3.

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06/23/2011

ドイル ボスコム谷の謎 1 (「シャーロック・ホームズの冒険」より)

Thursday Theater

"The Boscombe Valley Mystery" from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Part 1 of 5.

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06/22/2011

村上春樹 カタルーニャ賞受賞スピーチ 2/3

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The Catalonia International Prize acceptance speech by Haruki Murakami, June 11, 2011. Part 2 of 3.


Part 3 will be posted on Friday.

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06/21/2011

コンラッド Heart of Darkness 18

Tuesday Theater

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - 18

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06/20/2011

村上春樹 カタルーニャ賞受賞スピーチ 1/3

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The Catalonia International Prize acceptance speech by Haruki Murakami, June 11, 2011. Part 1 of 3.
The speech was delivered in Japanese. The English translation has been borrowed from this site. I've found at least one other translation, and possibly there are some other versions by other volunteers. I liked the version used here because it seemed to carry the speaker's "voice" well enough.

Parts 2 and 3 will be posted in a few days.

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06/19/2011

オズのまほうつかい 12-1

Weekend Theater 2 (for kids and the young at heart)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, chapter 12-1.
(Again, the chapter is a bit long. I've divided it into two parts.)

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06/18/2011

オーステン Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 16

Weekend Theater 1

Chapter 16 of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

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06/16/2011

ドイル 5粒のオレンジの種 4 (「シャーロック・ホームズの冒険」より)

Thursday Theater

"The Five Orange Pips" from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is the last installment of this episode. The Boscombe Valley Mystery will be starting next week.

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06/15/2011

Egyptian Pyramids, foreign languages, etc.

Here's another article from the Science magazine site.

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Totally unrelated to today's audio clip, here are some musings on rapid reading in foreign languages.

Advocates of rapid reading argue that the habit of voicing the words as you read them needs to be gotten rid of. They contend that our brain can process visual information much faster than sound, and that vocalizing the text can only slow down the process of comprehension. It sounds persuasive, but there is a major flaw to this argument, especially when applied to texts written in foreign languages.

I'll give you a simple example. Let's imagine you are a master of rapid reading and also have a photographic memory. Since you are the expert at rapid reading, you never vocalize what you read, not even in your mind, but simply process the text as visual images. Now, suppose you've been given a book in Russian to rapid-read. You quickly begin scanning the book and commit pages after pages to your photographic memory in no time. You are so good at this that you've not only memorized the entire book but also can instantly recall any word on any page. Unfortunately, however, it happens that you don't know Russian -- so you can't pronounce any of the words, and you have no idea what these words mean. Your formidable photographic memory serves absolutely no purpose in understanding the text you've so assiduously stored in your brain. What you've accomplished by rapid-reading the Russian text was just to add to your cerebral library a book that you can't read!

What this example demonstrates is the fact that you need to be very familiar with the language in which you intend to rapid-read. I'd imagine the level of language proficiency is crucial to text comprehension, whether read at a normal speed or lightning-fast.

I cited rapid reading as an example because practitioners of rapid reading appear to be unreasonably hostile to the idea of reading out loud. (They are also against whispering, and are even opposed to silently moving your lips and voice-producing muscles.) As far as learning a foreign language is concerned, I think it is de rigueur to read the text out loud until you are thoroughly accustomed to voicing the language, because this exercise builds the basis of successful verbal communication in English. As you get the hang of speaking the words out loud and get better at making yourself understood, you become more attuned to the sounds of English, and your listening comprehension also improves. Then you can move on to subvocalization (reading silently with or without moving voice-producing muscles, hearing the sounds only in your mind), and eventually to rapid-reading if that is what you want. But trying to rapid-read English before you've achieved some level of ease with verbal communication in English could be counterproductive.


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06/14/2011

コンラッド Heart of Darkness 17

Tuesday Theater

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - 17

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06/13/2011

Who Needs a Moon?

Interested in science ?

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A wonderful collection of latest news flash on science is found here at the Science Now page on the Science magazine website. Scientifically-minded learners of English should make a habit of reading these articles out loud (and record them for self-assessment while your are at it).


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06/12/2011

オズのまほうつかい 11-2

Weekend Theater 2 (for kids and the young at heart)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, chapter 11-2.
(Since this chapter is a bit long, I've divided it into two parts.)

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06/11/2011

オーステン Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 15

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Chapter 15 of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

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06/10/2011

E. カンデル 記憶の探究

Preface from In Search of Memory by Eric Kandel, a Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine. This is an autobiography, but is also an introduction to cellular and molecular biology pertaining to how information is stored in our brain. Surprisingly easy to comprehend, considering the complexity of the science involved. A well-written, intellectually stimulating book. It seems the book hasn't been translated into Japanese yet. It's our loss, but you can always go to the original! If you have a Kindle, or a Kindle app for mobile phone, you can get the book for just $11 or so.

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I need to say a few words of praise for Kindle here. For those who want to practice reading English text aloud, a combination of Kindle and Gutenberg project is a godsend. You can download loads of copyright-free material from the Gutenberg site in Kindle format onto your PC, and then copy it to your Kindle via a USB connection. Most of the text I've recorded recently for this site have been obtained this way, and Kindle makes it easy to read aloud while operating a recording device. Turning a page of a physical book takes two hands, while with Kindle you can do it with the slightest movement of a finger! An additional bonus is that the character size can be changed at will. Of course you can purchase more recent stuff, too, but don't put too much hope on that; a lot of new books of interest aren't available on Kindle if you reside outside the U.S. The real boon, at least for the likes of me, is the sheer wealth of free stuff that is available online for Kindle.


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06/09/2011

ドイル 5粒のオレンジの種 3 (「シャーロック・ホームズの冒険」より)

Thursday Theater

"The Five Orange Pips" from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Part 3 of 4.

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06/08/2011

めくらぶどうと虹 (宮沢賢治)

Another piece by Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933). I think of this poetic tale as a metaphor (you might be wondering "Of what?" -- I leave you to figure that out). Text adapted and translated by Masahiro KUDO.

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06/07/2011

コンラッド Heart of Darkness 16

Tuesday Theater

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - 16

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06/06/2011

エイズの終焉?

Here's something that's a bit off my beaten track -- from a recent Economist article entitled "The End of AIDS?"


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Correction: The stress on the word antibody should be on the first syllable.

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06/05/2011

オズのまほうつかい 11-1

Weekend Theater 2 (for kids and the young at heart)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, chapter 11-1.
(Since this chapter is a bit long, I've divided it into two parts.)

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06/04/2011

オーステン Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 14

Weekend Theater 1

Chapter 14 of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

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06/03/2011

ブラム・ストーカー ドラキュラの客 3/3

Encore Theater (presented on Mon, Wed, and Fri)

Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker, part 3 of 3.

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06/02/2011

ドイル 5粒のオレンジの種 2 (「シャーロック・ホームズの冒険」より)

Thursday Theater

"The Five Orange Pips" from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Part 2 of 4.

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06/01/2011

ブラム・ストーカー ドラキュラの客 2/3

Encore Theater (presented on Mon, Wed, and Fri)

Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker, part 2 of 3.

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