Yoichi Oishi

Japan

Age: 82

I'm living in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, Japan. I worked in both local and multi-national advertising agencies for 40 years. After retiring ad agency, I studied Chinese language (now almost forgotten) in a Beijing university one and a half year. Then coming back to Japan, I worked as a freelance marketing consultant. I'm now totally retired. I still keep learning English and reading English news papers everyday to be abreast with trends du jour. I like travel and photographing. I'm living with my wife as an empty-nester.

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Your information is really helpful. Particularly suggested links to 'U and non-U' and Nancy Mitford, the coiner of the word were iindeed enlightening. I took notes of the examples of 'U and non-U' shibbolethes in wikipedia for learning. Many thanks.
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comment Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number
I don't know how "I'm the third child of my parents" and "I'm the third son (daughter) sound to native English speakers and if it is exactly the same in the meaning to you or not. But if we put both phrases into Japanese, there's obvious difference. "I'm third child-私は3番目の子供です” means I'm (literally) the third in birth order in my family," but "I'm the third son (daughter)-私は3番目の息子〈娘〉です" means I'm the third son (daughter) of three or more than sons (daughters) of our parents, and different from the third child.
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comment How different “being ready” is from “being prepared”?
@Joe Blow. I don't think the sentence, "My parent were prepared, but that is not the same as being ready" is simply a typo. The author is clearly saying "My parent were ready (for the end of life). It's different from being prepared (for the end of life), and she clearly recognizes distinction between "being ready" and "being prepared." Whether the sentence is rubbish (per your saying), or not is purely a subjective matter, about which I as a non-native English speaker don't want to meddle in.
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