Heading for letters addressed to presidents, ambassadors

I was recently tasked to provide a list of headings for letters addressed to 偉い people and I had to research the lot. I now have a very nice list, so I decided to share it here 🙂

President (大統領)
The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Letter salutation: Dear Mr. President:
Complimentary close: Most respectfully,
Introduction: The President of the United States
Conversation: Mr. President

First Lady
Mrs. (surname)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Letter salutation: Dear Mrs. (surname):
Complimentary close: Sincerely,
Introduction: (full name), First Lady of the United States of America
Conversation: Mrs. (surname)
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How to get people to tell you the price of those year-end parties (and new year parties)

It’s the time for year-end parties.
You might even have been invited to some new year ones as well.

Most of those invites mean well. They would like you to join in the festivities, get drunk, and have a good time. But maybe, like me, you are concerned about the price. The price that they somehow left out in the details.

Would you like to come to this place at this time if you are free?
“I would if it’s not going to burn another hole in my pocket”
is something you can’t really say because there is a need to keep the WA.

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Eat That Frog – How to get things done productively

I have always loved to read self-help books.
They motivate me a lot.

Today, I would like to introduce and summarise the book called “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy. It introduces this great concept of doing the most important, biggest, and hardest task first without procrastination. This will get you motivated throughout the day to complete the rest of your tasks.

However, although the ideas are great, I found the book to be very repetitive for me. Some people might like the style of writing, but I couldn’t get through the whole book. So I searched for a good summary of the book online and found this.

But even then, it was still repetitive, so I made my own summary.
I hope this will help someone!
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Teaching at the Police Academy

Today, I had the opportunity to teach at the Prefecture’s Police Academy.

Upon arriving at the school, I was ushered to a small waiting area cum pantry.
There, one of the staff warned me in advance that when I enter the classroom, the students would all greet me very loudly. Also, whenever the students walk past any guest, senior officer or teacher on campus, they would give a loud greeting as well.

Okay, I got it. Police training is similar to the army I guess.

It was about time to head up to the classroom on the third floor.
I entered the classroom.
The first-row student on the extreme left gave everyone a signal. Then,
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Toki Pona

toki! mi kama sona e toki pona.
Hello! I’m learning the toki pona language.
It is a language with only approximately 120 basic words which you mix and match to form sentences that expresses what you want to say.

Toki pona does not have any native speakers as it is a constructed language created by the Canadian linguist and translator Sonja Lang. Everyone learns from each other in communities on Discord, Reddit, and Facebook.

Toki pona challenges the way you think with its limited vocabulary.
I highly recommend language lovers to give this language a go!
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