According to this short article from PRI, 99% of the refugees seeking asylum in Japan are rejected. Here’s the story of one who wasn’t. (You can listen to the audio, though it’s not the same as the written text. I suggest reading first and then listening, after you have a good idea about the story).
It’s a good story to learn about the people behind the statistics.
This test of Siri, Alexa and Google Home is very, very funny. Accents tried: US Engish, UK English, Australian, German, Italian, Japanese, Scottish, Irish.
Check123 is a video encyclopedia — a site which has curated high-quality short (1, 2 and 3 minute), educational and informative videos.
These are the categories you can choose from:
Here’s one from the politics category that’s very relevant this week, after the news that the Japanese government is going to allow the emperor to abdicate.
I found this one in the literature category: How to write a CV (resume)
Tube Quizard is a collection of YouTube videos with gap-fill quizzes. You can browse in several ways: by level, by language focus, by category, and you can choose either US English or UK English. There are two other options that don’t seem to be available yet (Australian and Indian). Let’s hope this site is just getting started and more options and more videos appear soon.
Click on the empty box and the video will cue to that time. Fill in the blank and check your answer.
You can also search the archives for available quizzes. Just past a YouTube URL into this search box. The YouTube video you use must already have subtitles.
You can also create your own gap-fill quizzes. There’s an explanatory video on the About page.