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Monday, October 1, 2012

Jamaican English or Patwa/Patois?

Days 1649 - 1655
Sunday, September 23 - Saturday, September 29, 2012    

Day 1649 ( Asia-Pacific Now has the Most Millionaires / I-Phone 5 Release )

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stayed in all of the day because it was raining for the most part.

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Japan helps Asia-Pacific top global table of millionaires

The Asia-Pacific region has overtaken North America as home to the most millionaires for the first time, boosted by a rise in the number of wealthy in Japan and China.

The region had 3.37 million high net-worth individuals in 2011 compared to North America's 3.35 million, a study jointly published by consulting firm Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management found. Europe possessed 3.17 million high net-worth individuals, which are defined as those having investable assets of $1 million or more, excluding their primary residence and luxury possessions such as art.


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Apple's new iPhone draws long lines of eager customers

The major differences I've seen so far is that it's
a bit faster than the 4s and it can do panorama.
That's it.

A new version of Apple Inc.'s iPhone hit store shelves Friday after hundreds of people had lined up at retail outlets, including the company's flagship store in Tokyo, hours before the release.

It is the first time in about a year that Apple has released a new model. The iPhone 5 is being sold in Japan by KDDI Corp. and Softbank Mobile Corp., which have been taking advantage of the smartphone to boost subscriptions.
Steve Jobs came back to life,
but he looks Japanese
The iPhone 5 is thinner, lighter and has a larger screen and longer battery life than its predecessors, according to Apple. The new handset was also launched in other countries, including the United States, where orders exceeded more than 2 million units in the first 24 hours, according to Apple.




Day 1650 ( Jamaican English or Patwa/Patois ? )

Monday, September 24, 2012

Went to the bank after work to lodge some funds and I had to again be hiding from kids. I took a long route just to avoid them. That is how badly I don't want to see them while going about my business.

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Jamaican English or Patwa/Patois ?

Ok so for those who don't know yet (trust me many don't know), the official language of Jamaica is English.
We speak a local dialect (Patwa/Patois) as well that most if not all Jamaicans know how to speak. A few, especially the intellects tend to look down on the local dialect. Because honestly if you don't get a proper education in Jamaica, you will have a 99% chance of speaking only the local dialect, not English.

Jamaican English is very similar to the British English. This is because we were a British colony until 50 years ago (1962). But our accents are very different. However, we have more influence from America, because America is much closer to us than England. Our spellings are exactly the same as British English. But in our everyday speaking, we use quite a bit of American English and a small amount of British English. Eg. Americans and Jamaicans say "pants", while the British would say "trousers" for the exact same thing. You would almost never hear a Jamaican say trousers. But at the same time we and the British say "Sleeping policeman" and not "Speed bumps" like the Americans. See more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaican_English

Anyway, there are 2 major arguments. One supporting Patwa, one supporting English:

Major Arguments Supporting Jamaican English

- English is the most common language in the entire world and we need to learn it in order to communicate and trade with the outside world. This is of course a solid argument and I totally agree that we should learn it.

- Patwa is kind of "Ghetto" and only the uneducated speak it.

- Patwa is not standardized so it is not a language. Why speak it when it has no use outside of Jamaica?

Major Arguments Supporting Patwa/Patois

- Patwa/Patois is uniquely Jamaican. A mixture of several languages chiefly English, some Spanish and some African languages.

- Lets not forget our roots, if we weren't colonized by the British, we wouldn't be speaking English. Actually we wouldn't be speaking patwa either. Who knows what we would be speaking?

- English was forced upon us by slave owners. Why should I speak this language?

There are more arguments supporting both, but these are some of the major ones. I personally prefer speaking Patwa to my friends, family and other Jamaicans. I use English only if need be and when absolutely necessary. Hey I am an English teacher !!! So I have to speak English for my job.

At least 3 persons told me that they never knew I went to university, all because I tend to speak a lot of Patwa. Most of my immediate family members including my mom, dad, sister also my closest cousins and aunts, all tend to speak more English than Patwa. Why am I like this then? Its just how I feel comfortable. My final stance though is,

"Learn English to communicate with the outside world, BUT NEVER forget your roots".


Check out this video I found of 2 Americans, tracing their Jamaican roots:



Day 1651 ( New Optical Fiber Can Send 5000 Movies In A Second )

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Took another day off from work today because I wasn't feeling too well. Stayed in all day again.

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New optical fiber sends record 5,000 movies in second

Researchers have succeeded in using an optical fiber to transmit 5,000 high-definition movies in one second, setting a world record for high-capacity transmission via the medium.

The team, consisting of researchers from Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., Hokkaido University and others, said Thursday that the feat was made possible by a new fiber they developed that has 12 pathways for optical signals, as opposed to commercial optical fibers, which have only one line.
The research team succeeded in transmitting 1,000 terabits of data per second — a capacity 1,000 times greater than current optical fibers — to a location about 50 km away by making use of a combined data transmission technique that utilizes a property of light waves, it said.




Day 1652 ( Train Derail About 20 Mins From My Apartment )

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Went to my "We care little about English" school today. But surprisingly, even though today is not the usual day for classes there, the teachers some how all remembered that they had English!!! This was shocking. I wonder if the principal or vice principal spoke to them? In the evening I had my private student and we spoke about random stuff including the territorial disputes Japan has with China and South Korea.

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This is the train line I take pretty much everywhere !!! And I take this exact route every Friday and Saturday to go to YMCA....  Scaaaaary!!

28 people hurt as mudslide derails train

28 people were hurt, five seriously, when an eight-car Keikyu Line commuter train around midnight Monday ran into a pile of mud left by a landslide in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, caused by heavy rain, police said.

The five who were seriously injured were men and women all in their 30s to 50s who received bone fractures of the ribs or pelvis. Among the six who were injured slightly was the 24-year-old driver of the train, which originated in Tokyo and was carrying roughly 700 passengers. Three cars derailed.
The mudslide hit the tracks between Oppama and Keikyu Taura stations, both in Yokosuka.
The driver told investigators he noticed the mudslide and applied the brakes, but it was too late to avoid the derailment.





Day 1653 (  )

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Had meeting today after work. Everyone is tired at these meetings on the last Thursday of every month. But actually this meeting today wasn't so bad.

After the meeting, a couple of us went to TGIF for a drink and some food.

Mixture of cultures - I love it



Day 1654 ( Was On TV Last Month )

Friday, September 28, 2012

At my main school, some kids told me that they saw me on TV August 30. I had no clue about this. Some of my friends in Okayama also told me they saw me. So I searched thoroughly on the internet for the show and I finally found it. Here it is :

Hey mi a star... Or will be soon 

I'm gonna be a star some day, watch and see :)



Day 1655 ( Another Shipment of T-Shirts / Rims - Blackberry Losing Ground )

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Had my usual 3 YMCA lessons today and my Jamaican friend Vivanna (who I introduced to the Y) came to watch two of my classes. Then I went back to her apartment with her and her boy friend for a bit... Keep your dirty thoughts away.... 

When I got back to my apartment, I saw that my shipment of Jamaican T- shirts arrived. This ain't the best season to sell T-shirts now, because we have only about a week left of warmth, then time for misery.

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Check out my friend's blog about why Blackberry maker Rims is going to die.... Its an interesting read if you are a technology person. This is a snippet of it.

If you are a BlackBerry aficionado, you will do well to start reading the writing on the wall. The company made massive losses recently. Their board members are resigning—and now one of their chief manufacturers has pulled the plug on their production line. If this isn't enough for you, then I'll give you ten pretty good reasons why you should probably ditch your BlackBerry:


Any rumor you've heard to the contrary is false. Microsoft has invested heavily in Nokia to carry the Windows Phone platform. Google has acquired Motorola's platform. Apple is already pretty damn good at its own platform. Samsung has it's own hardware and is invested in Android. There really aren't any other contenders out there that are big enough to swallow RIM's debt to make it viable again. Even if there were, there's still the imminent phenomenon known as:


Even Symbian is outperforming RIM at this rate.

In case you haven't noticed, Nokia has ditched their Symbian platform. Samsung does better on Android than their Bada platform. Microsoft is putting all of its eggs in the Windows Phone and Google's Android is leaving Apple's iOS in the dust. See the graph above. If you are not speaking one of these three languages (Android, iOS or Windows Phone), then you are out.

For the full version click the link below.


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