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Marc Waterfield
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Culture leg
In the last post I discussed some of the differences between high and low context cultures and suggested that knowing these differences can help us to communicate better with foreigners.Taking another look at one of the photos that I added in the last post ...

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My latest blog post, in preparation for August 12th and 13th ICKF World Championsips "SokeCup," looks at the concept of High Context and Low Context Cultures and how these cultural dfferences affect our communicative patterns. In this post I am just introducing the concept. I will be following up on this post in the near future.

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Recognizing the Cultural Differences that Hinder Cross Cultural Communication
Heading into the final Months of preparation for your trip to Japan, what should you be doing? Of course, you are focusing on stepping up your training. But, have you been able to step up your linguistic and cultural learning? I have recommended before in m...

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This is my latest post in the series on Japanese language learning. In this installment I focus on the essential kanji for traveling in Japan!

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Essential Kanji for Getting Around in Japan
I apologise for taking so long between posts. I know some of you have been anxiously awaiting for the next instalment of this Japanese language learning series. April is a very busy Month in Japan because it is the beginning of the new academic year. I have...

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I have published the next instalment in the Jpanese language learning series in peparation for the 2017 Soke Cup, Chito-Ryu Karate-do World Championships being held in Kumamoto, Japan August 12th and 13th. If you have started learning Japanese or are taking your studies to the next level, or even if you are just interested in getting started, these posts are for you! Please take a look and tell your friend.

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Building the Sentence Structure
Recap of Previous Post In the last post we looked at some tips to get us started with our language learning project. I hope you found them helpful and at that you are now well on your way to broadening your understanding of Japanese vocabulary. I recommende...

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In an attempt to help my readers who are preparing to travel to Japan this Summer for the Soke Cup or those of you who are learning Japanese for otherreason, I am using my blog to introduce some language learning tips and materials that have helped me. I would like to help facilitate more effective communication among the international community. If you are interested, please take a look and stay tuned for future posts!

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Framing a Japanese Language Learning Project
As many of you reading this blog know, the International Chito-Ryu Karate-do Federation (ICKF) will hold its Tri-annual World Championships "Soke Cup" this year in Kumamoto, Japan. The championships will take place on August 12th and 13th at the Kumamoto Pr...

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初心 Sho Shin; Having a Learner's Mind Means Having an Open Mind
In the last post ("A Change in Perspective Can Reveal to Us Our True Teachers") I talked about how changing our perspective can have a positive impact on our training and our lives and how this change in perspective can help us see the lessons all around us...
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