Are Japanese people really polite?

MA by So Shi Te

Please note that this article is not based on any particular research, but based only on my personal perspective. I had always been vaguely thinking about this, because Japanese people can be very nasty and I have confronted those Japanese people who are considerably rude. When I was surfing on wordpress articles the other day, I found some others have also been talking about it in the same way I had always been feeling, so I decided to express my thoughts on my blog too.

My favorite question to the tourists visiting my store in Tokyo is what do you think about Japan? They, of course, make positive comments about this country especially because I am Japanese and not many people are brave enough to make negative comments when someone standing in front of you is the native person.

They always say how beautiful Japan is and how clean Tokyo is…

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The short-story of ‘Silence’.

Never Blending In


The word itself gives connotations of peace and tranquillity.train.jpg

The oxymoronic quality of the word combined with the sibilance of the slow, hissing ‘s’ gives one the impression of steam escaping from an old railroad train as it sets off from the station into the idyllic countryside. It’s amazing how we can forget how wonderful quiet can be sometimes.

We all find ourselves craving it in some way or another. Whether it is escaping through going on a scenic walk, blocking out the world with ear plugs on a plane journey, or curling up with a book beside a fireplace, each of us in our own ways needs to find that moment of solitude that brings rest.

For myself, I more often than not, do not like silence. I am fully aware that clashes with almost everything I said above – but for some of us silence can only be…

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Look out! Hurry up! Phrasal verbs for giving instructions

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Liz Walter​

look outOne of the difficult things about phrasal verbs is knowing where to put the object. The great thing about the phrasal verbs in this post is that you don’t have to think about that because they are all used as simple, two-word phrases for giving instructions or orders. In other words, a single phrasal verb can make a whole sentence!

Several of these phrasal verbs are used for encouraging someone to improve their mood. If a person is very miserable, we could tell them to Cheer up!or if we think they are taking something too seriously or becoming too anxious, we could tell them to Lighten up! or Chill out!You might tell someone who is very angry or anxious to Calm down!, although this one can be dangerous because it often sounds like a criticism and is likely to have the opposite effect! David Cameron…

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Academic Writing and stylistic issues

So, academic writing is something that is required usually at UNIVERSITY but it is a valuable skill to have in almost any area of expertise.

In language and Linguistics, academic is very important and it can take different forms more or less different than the other types of writing. First of all, the language that is used has to be linguistics or language related. That means terminology is accepted but used in the right proportion and in the right situations.  A second thing that has to be said about academic writing is that it is required to be clear and written in a concise manner for the reason that it must be easy for any reader to understand the details that you, the writer, want to convey through the text. For example, when trying to explain your thoughts, try not to use many complex sentences when a simple one could do the same thing. Keeping it simple is many time the best thing to do. It is at the same time easy to follow the ideas put in and also an economic writing.

Another thing that the writer might think about is the clarity of the message that wants to be transmitted. Leaving the reader with a clear understanding of what it was meant to be said depends very much on the clarity of the ideas that were initially thought of.


First person singular ‘I’ is recommended not to be used as it shows a lack of academic style and it gives the text a personalised appearance. Personalising the text is not was is intended in academic writing but, on the contrary, it has to reflect a neutral position. Many scholars have changed their opinions about this recently and now it becomes more accepted. Yet, the safe run would be not to be used.

Friends and their mission in life

friendship, power, money




Many would say that having a friend is one of the best thing possible for a human being as it is normal for people to create relationships and share ideas and moments from their lives.  I believe that this is a true fact and that humans need indeed one another to create and to transform ideas into reality because often, friendships are tangled by a strong cooperation and supportive attitude.

Even though I do not have that many memories with friends that have been supportive, I know what friendship means and I also know that a good friend is hard to be found. Yet, I remember how I felt when I shared those moments of happiness with someone else and what an emotional impact it had.

Where I come from,  I learned in school about a writer who lived about 150 years ago which used to live alone. Loneliness was his preferred state and maybe it was also the state where the inspiration came from. However, one of his predominant theme in his writings was the loneliness itself and the black and horrid colour of it. He wished a different life or maybe he was just reflecting on that kind of life. Nevertheless, being alone in this beautiful world and not sharing the present time with others is a waste of time and makes one person’s existence useless.



Napoleon Hill and his teachings about concentration

Napoleon Hill was a very intelligent person that lived at the beginning of the 20th century and who was mainly concerned about how the thinking of a person influences his/her  success in a lifespan. Among the successful career in psychology, Napoleon also has been an intriguing and outstanding writer. One of his successful books,’Think and Grow Rich’ sold in more than 20 million of copies at the time was published. Hill’s work analised  the role of the personal beliefs in achieving success.

Hill was born in the Southwest Virginia, USA and grew up in a poor family. As himself says in some chapters of his ’16 Laws of Success’ book, this is one of the reasons that motivated him to fight angainst poverty and that poverty is a stage that worths expiriencing but not one in which one has to persist staying.

Hill’s teachings about concentration were the part that attracted me the most in reading his book ‘Laws of success’. According to him, concentration is a powerful state of mind where an individual takes good decsions while giving  everything with a secondary importance apart and concentrate on what matters in the present moment.  Also, concentration is what keeps people on their track on achieving success because it makes people consistently persue and develop twards a specific direction.

Concentration is also a charachteristic that needs to be developed first but which once developed can bring one massive success because h/she understood that the trained mind that is fixed on a given subject will attract everything is needed to be attracted.