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Borrowing Words: Using Loanwords to Teach About Japan

By Linda Menton Loanwords—words adopted from other languages—are an important feature of the Japanese language. Indeed, Japanese probably has more loanwords than any other major language. This is not a new phenomenon. Loanwords have been an important part of the Japanese language for centuries. In ancient times, most loanwords came from China and Korea. Then, beginning in the sixteenth century, as Japan began to interact with merchants and missionaries from the West, loanwords from Europe...

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Pacific Nations and Territories: The Islands of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia

by Reilly Ridgell 3RD EDITION, REVISED HONOLULU: BESS PRESS, IN COOPERATION WITH THE PACIFIC REGION EDUCATIONAL LABORATORY, 1995 VII + 174 PAGES Pacific Neighbors The Islands of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia by Betty Dunford and Reilly Ridgell HONOLULU: BESS PRESS, IN COOPERATION WITH THE PACIFIC REGION EDUCATIONAL LABORATORY, 1996 IV + 188 PAGES When Reilly Ridgell was assigned to teach world geography to high school students on Guam in the mid- 1970s, he soon discovered th...