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Linguistic Imperialism: English as a Controversy

English is appropriated by those who choose the language for freedom. That is the ironic by-product of American imperialism. And that is also the reason why those people whose mother tongue is English sometimes find themselves in problematic circumstances, like being asked what their mother tongue is, although they speak English.

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Linguistic imperialism
Chronicles

Linguistic Imperialism: English Conversation as Ideology

If I summarize the ideology of English conversation described by him, I would say that that is the linguistic version of American imperialism. Today, most English conversation lessons– not writing but speaking skills– are targeted at businesspeople. So, textbooks should be naturally designed according to their requirements.

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Tenten and her zabutons
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Memories: Tenten and her Zabutons

She preferred sitting on my chair when I placed one of her zabutons on it for my own use. She was generous, and didn’t mind that I used her zabuton without her permission. She didn’t ask my permission, either, when she used my chair to sit, or even to sleep.

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Linguistic imperialism
Belles Lettres

Name and Language- What’s Her Choice?

As expected, she didn’t lift a finger to remember our names. It seemed that she didn’t want to be bothered by Japanese names which must have been difficult for her to pronounce properly. So, she decided to call us by English names.

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letter from my daughter
Belles Lettres

A Letter From my Daughter

When my daughter was still in elementary school and lived under the same roof with me, she gave me a letter. She laid it on my desk carefully and conspicuously, without putting it inside an envelope like she always did.

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Story of a cat
Chronicles

House of Tenten: Story of a Cat

The House was planned for single female cat lovers to live together for a while; maybe for several months or a few years. All residents were expected to be below or around 30 years and from other prefectures, or even other countries.

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