Mt. Fuji: Symbol of Japan
BeeOasis Step 2 Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It stands at 3,776 meters (12,389 ft). The mountain rests just west of Tokyo, and on a clear day, you can see it from the city. Mount Fuji has an even and round shape, and it is a... Read more
The Boy who Became Buddha
BeeOasis Step 2 He was born in 1935 — in a poor farmer’s home in northeast Tibet. At age 2, he was recognized as the 14th Buddha of Compassion. Buddha’s soul had again appeared in a child. And this boy was the Buddha. He was taken to a palace... Read more
Reading is Smart (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Dan Hurley is a writer. He writes best-selling books about science, and he writes popular stories for the world’s best newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Wired Magazine. In a word, he is a big success. But when... Read more
Dating Advice from the Rabbi (Step 1)
BeeOasis Step 1 It’s Friday night, and the building is filling up with people. They have come for a prayer meeting. They have come to hear the teacher give a message. The teacher is called rabbi. As the meeting starts, the rabbi is standing in front. He looks at... Read more
Improve Your Word Power
BeeOasis Step 1 So you want to improve your word power. But what words should you learn first? You can waste time learning uncommon words first. But it’s smart to learn the most common words at the beginning. The top 2,000 words of English make up 80% of all... Read more
Verbal, Visual, & Vocal Communication
BeeOasis Step 2 What is good communication? Psychologist Albert Mehrabian researches three elements of communication: words, tone of voice, and body language. More interestingly, Mehrabian studied how people communicate feelings and attitudes. If your body language and tone of voice disagree with your words, listeners tend to believe your body... Read more
The Way of Green Tea (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 People have been drinking green tea for about 5,000 years. Green tea came from China. And today it is produced mainly in China and Japan. Green tea is different from other kinds of tea. The leaves are not processed much. So green tea has a fresh... Read more
Reading is Smart (Step 3)
BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Dan Hurley is an author. He writes best-selling books about science, and he writes popular stories for the world’s most prestigious newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Wired Magazine. In a word, he is a big success. But... Read more
The Artful Geisha (Step 3)
BeeOasis Step 3 Geisha are traditional female entertainers from Japan. They are skilled at various Japanese arts, such as classical music, dancing, and poetry. The word “geisha” comes from (GEI) meaning “art” and (SHA) meaning “person.” Thus, in a literal sense, a geisha is an artist. In the modern... Read more
Tokyo: Crowded, Expensive, and Delicious
BeeOasis Step 2 You are on your way to work. It’s rush hour, and the train is packed. People are pressed against you on all sides. The train speeds along, but you can’t move. Finally, you stop; the doors open, and you push your way out. It’s Shinjuku Station,... Read more
Culture and Health
BeeOasis Step 2 What is the relationship between culture and health? The following study compares Italians, Japanese, and French with the British and Americans. First, we examine fat in the diet. The Japanese eat very little fat. The British and the Americans eat more fat than the Japanese. And... Read more
International Etiquette
BeeOasis Step 3 Note: Mr. Woodward is President of Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.). A.C.E. has language institutes at two university locations: A.C.E at Seattle Pacific University and A.C.E at Montana State University. This story comes from experiences of traveling, teaching, and doing business in over 45 countries. The... Read more
Rakugo: A Funny Side of Japan
BeeOasis Step 3 Rakugo is a form of Japanese comedy. In rakugo, a storyteller sits on a stage. The stage is simple. The storyteller has a Japanese fan and a small cloth. And he or she performs conversations between people. In the art of rakugo, these conversations come alive... Read more
Reading Can Beat Study Abroad (TV)
In this BeeOasis video, Dr. Hitoshi Nishizawa explains his research. He compared TOEIC scores for two kinds of students. Some studied for one year in English speaking countries. Others did extensive graded reading in Japan. Some of these students read more than 3 million words. And they got about... Read more
Word Magic!
BeeOasis Step 2 By Joseph Poulshock, PhD Words are magic. Say a few words at a restaurant, and you get dinner! Say a few strong words like, “Hey stupid!” and you might get in a fight. Say the words, “I’m sorry,” and you might escape a fight. Say the... Read more
Don’t Read = Can’t Read
By Joseph Poulshock, PhD BeeOasis Step 2 (Part 1) “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” Mark Twain Mark Twain was the funniest man in America. He went on adventures. He travelled the world. He met presidents and kings. And he told great... Read more
A Great King of Baseball: Hank Aaron
BeeOasis Step 2 Hank Aaron was born on February 5, 1934, in Mobile Alabama (USA). He was one of seven children. Aaron grew up poor, but he loved baseball. He started playing professional baseball with the Mobile Black Bears in the Negro Leagues. The Negro Leagues were for African... Read more
Knowledge and Freedom
BeeOasis Step 1 Be careful of the man who really knows how to be a fool. Alec Fronimites Knowledge is power. Through science, we have learned to fly. We make medicine and build great cities. We use the power of nature. And we fill our cities with energy. Through... Read more
How to Attain Presentation Zen (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software today. Over 400 million copies are in use. But there are problems with PowerPoint. It can cause you to simplify too much and stop you from connecting with people. To give good presentations, you need practice. Expert presenter Garr... Read more
Simple Steps for Learning English
By Ashley J. Hastings, PhD President, Global Language Education Service, Inc. Many people around the world are studying English. They need English to succeed in work, school, or relationships. Common sense tells us that we can learn to read a language more quickly if we can already understand it well.... Read more