The Reading / Listening - Japanese English - Level 3

There are many types of English around the world. Some well-known varieties in Asia include Chinglish in China, Singlish in Singapore and Japanese English. A group of language experts in Japan is troubled by how the government uses English. In particular, it says the government uses computer or online translation too much. Researchers say many translations create strange and confusing words and expressions. Many of these are confusing to English speakers. The researchers worry this could have a negative impact on Japan's tourist industry. They even say the increasing amount of unsuitable words is becoming a "national embarrassment" in Japan.



The research team says computer software gives odd or incorrect translations for individual kanji - the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing. There are many examples of this, including "Hello Work" - the name for job centres, and "Go To Travel" a plan to help tourism in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team says software creates, "unintentionally funny translations that could easily be corrected if they were just checked by an English speaker". Businesses also create this English. The Christmas message being used by the Seibu Sogo department store has raised eyebrows. It says "Stay Positive." Many people believe this is the wrong thing to say during coronavirus and "Stay Happy" would be better.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Japanese English - Level 0 Japanese English - Level 1   or  Japanese English - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/18/hello-work-or-job-centre-language-experts-japan-english
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20201116/p2a/00m/0dm/006000c
  • https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/english-ad-in-japan-has-some-seeing-a-command-to-stay-infected-with-coronavirus-this-christmas


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Warm-ups

1. JAPANESE ENGLISH: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Japanese English. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       types / varieties / English / government / translation / words / expressions / tourist /
       software / translations / characters / job centres / pandemic / businesses / eyebrows
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. GLOBAL LANGUAGE: Students A strongly believe English should be the global language; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ENGLISH: What tips do you have to study these aspects of English? Why do you think they work? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.


Tips to study...

What Are The Tips?

Why Do They Work?

Grammar

 

 

Pronunciation

 

 

Speaking

 

 

Spelling

 

 

Writing

 

 

Vocabulary

 

 

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5. TRANSLATION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "translation". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. LANGUAGE: Rank these with your partner. Put the most interesting things about language at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Idioms
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Pronunciation
  • Alphabets
  • Conversation
  • Reading
  • Poetry

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. variety a. A word or phrase, especially an idiomatic one, used to give an idea.
      2. experts b. People who know a lot about a topic, or are very, very skilled at something.
      3. in particular c. Changing words or text from one language into another.
      4. translation d. Different things of the same type or kind that are different in character or quality.
      5. confusing e. A feeling of shame and of feeling bad about yourself or your actions in front of others.
      6. expression f. Especially.
      7. embarrassment g. Very difficult to understand.

    Paragraph 2

      8. odd h. Of a disease that is all over a whole country or the world.
      9. individual i. Printed or written letters or symbols.
      10. characters j. Not on purpose.
      11. pandemic k. Different from what is usual or expected; strange.
      12. tourism l. Single; separate.
      13. unintentionally m. Showed surprise or disbelief.
      14. raised eyebrows n. The business of vacations and visits to places of interest.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says there are 27 types of English around the world.     T / F
  2. A group of language experts in England is troubled by Japanese English.  T / F
  3. Researchers say translation software creates strange words.     T / F
  4. Japanese English could have a bad effect on Japan's tourism industry.     T / F
  5. There is a job centre in Japan called 'Hello Work'.     T / F
  6. There is a plan called 'Go To Travel' to help Japan's tourism industry.     T / F
  7. A department store wants people to raise their eyebrows.     T / F
  8. A Christmas message might not be so good during the COVID-19 crisis.   T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. types
  2. experts
  3. in particular
  4. impact
  5. industry
  6. odd
  7. characters
  8. plan
  9. create
  10. believe
  1. make
  2. effect
  3. letters
  4. specialists
  5. strange
  6. especially
  7. strategy
  8. kinds
  9. think
  10. business

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. There are many types of English
  2. A group of language experts in
  3. translations create strange and confusing
  4. have a negative impact on Japan's
  5. a national embarrassment
  6. computer software gives odd or
  7. the Chinese characters used
  8. translations that could easily
  9. raised
  10. people believe this is the wrong thing to
  1. words and expressions
  2. say
  3. in Japan
  4. in Japanese writing
  5. incorrect translations
  6. be corrected
  7. around the world
  8. eyebrows
  9. Japan is troubled
  10. tourist industry

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
experts
confusing
varieties
amount
translations
embarrassment
particular
tourist

There are many types of English around the world. Some well-known (1) _____________________ in Asia include Chinglish in China, Singlish in Singapore and Japanese English. A group of language (2) _____________________ in Japan is troubled by how the government uses English. In (3) _____________________, it says the government uses computer or online translation too much. Researchers say many (4) _____________________ create strange and confusing words and expressions. Many of these are (5) _____________________ to English speakers. The researchers worry this could have a negative impact on Japan's (6) _____________________ industry. They even say the increasing (7) _____________________ of unsuitable words is becoming a "national (8) _____________________" in Japan.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
message
odd
wrong
tourism
eyebrows
checked
examples
funny

The research team says computer software gives (9) _____________________ or incorrect translations for individual kanji - the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing. There are many (10) _____________________ of this, including "Hello Work" - the name for job centres, and "Go To Travel" a plan to help (11) _____________________ in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team says software creates, "unintentionally (12) _____________________ translations that could easily be corrected if they were just (13) _____________________ by an English speaker". Businesses also create this English. The Christmas (14) _____________________ being used by the Seibu Sogo department store has raised (15) _____________________. It says "Stay Positive." Many people believe this is the (16) _____________________ thing to say during coronavirus and "Stay Happy" would be better.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) A group of language experts in ______
     a.  Japan is trouble
     b.  Japan's troubled
     c.  Japan's trouble
     d.  Japan is troubled
2)  In particular, it says the government uses computer or online ______
     a.  translated too much
     b.  translate it too much
     c.  translation too much
     d.  translating too much
3)  Researchers say many translations create strange and confusing words ______
     a.  end expression
     b.  end expressions
     c.  and expressions
     d.  sand expressions
4)  this could have a negative impact on Japan's ______
     a.  tourist industry
     b.  tourist industrial
     c.  tourist industries
     d.  tourist industrious
5)  the increasing amount of unsuitable words is becoming a ______
     a.  nation all embarrassment
     b.  national embarrassment
     c.  nationality embarrassment
     d.  nationals embarrassment

6)  The research team says computer software gives odd ______
     a.  or in correct translations
     b.  or incorrectly translations
     c.  or incorrect translations
     d.  or in correction translations
7)  There are many examples of this, including "Hello Work" - the name ______
     a.  four job centres
     b.  far job centres
     c.  fair job centres
     d.  for job centres
8) software creates, "unintentionally funny translations that could ______
     a.  easily be corrects
     b.  easily be correcting
     c.  easily be correction
     d.  easily be corrected
9)  The Christmas message being used by the Seibu Sogo department store ______
     a.  has roast eyebrows
     b.  has braised eyebrows
     c.  has raised eyebrows
     d.  has race eyebrows
10)  It says "Stay Positive." Many people believe this is the wrong ______
     a.  things to say
     b.  thing too say
     c.  thing to say
     d.  things too say

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are (1) ____________________ English around the world. Some well-(2) ____________________ Asia include Chinglish in China, Singlish in Singapore and Japanese English. A group of (3) ____________________ Japan is troubled by how the government uses English. In particular, it says the government uses computer (4) ____________________ too much. Researchers say many translations create strange and confusing words and expressions. Many of these are confusing to English speakers. The researchers worry this could have (5) ____________________ on Japan's tourist industry. They even say the increasing amount (6) ____________________ is becoming a "national embarrassment" in Japan.

The research team says computer software gives (7) ____________________ translations for individual kanji - the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing. There are (8) ____________________ this, including "Hello Work" - the name for job centres, and "Go To Travel" a plan (9) ____________________ in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team says software creates, "unintentionally funny translations that could easily (10) ____________________ they were just checked by an English speaker". Businesses also create this English. The Christmas (11) ____________________ by the Seibu Sogo department store has raised eyebrows. It says "Stay Positive." Many people believe this is the wrong thing to (12) ____________________ and "Stay Happy" would be better.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the variety of English spoken in China?
  2. What group in Japan is troubled by the government's use of English?
  3. Who does the article say can be confused by translations?
  4. What impact might poor translations have on Japan's tourism industry?
  5. What did the group say the unsuitable words were becoming in Japan?
  6. What is the name of the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing?
  7. What is the name of the national job centre in Japan?
  8. Who did a professor say could easily correct "funny translations"?
  9. What did a Christmas message from a department store raise?
  10. What did the article say was a better slogan than "Stay Positive"?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the variety of English spoken in China?
a) Chiglish
b) Chinglish
c) Chinaglish
d) Chenglish
2) What group in Japan is troubled by the government's use of English?
a) a teachers' group
b) a vocabulary group
c) a group of students
d) a group of language experts
3) Who does the article say can be confused by translations?
a) Japan's government
b) students
c) English speakers
d) professors
4) What impact might poor translations have on Japan's tourism industry?
a) a negative impact
b) a positive impact
c) a nice impact
d) no impact at all
5) What did the group say the unsuitable words were becoming in Japan?
a) more and more unsuitable
b) a national embarrassment
c) crazy
d) very hard to understand

6) What is the name of the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing?
a) kanji
b) Kenji
c) Koji
d) cagey
7) What is the name of the national job centre in Japan?
a) Goodbye Home
b) Hi Work
c) Hello Work
d) Job Centre
8) Who did a professor say could easily correct "funny translations"?
a) an English speaker
b) Japan's government
c) students
d) teachers
9) What did a Christmas message from a department store raise?
a) the temperature
b) laughs
c) money
d) eyebrows
10) What did the article say was a better slogan than "Stay Positive"?
a) Don't Worry
b) Be Happy
c) Stay Happy
d) Be Good

Role play

Role  A – Grammar
You think grammar is the most interesting thing about language. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as interesting. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): pronunciation, writing or vocabulary.

Role  B – Pronunciation
You think pronunciation is the most interesting thing about language. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as interesting. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): grammar, writing or vocabulary.

Role  C – Writing
You think writing is the most interesting thing about language. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as interesting. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): pronunciation, grammar or vocabulary.

Role  D – Vocabulary
You think vocabulary is the most interesting thing about language. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as interesting. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): pronunciation, writing or grammar.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'Japanese'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'English'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • types
    • experts
    • troubled
    • confusing
    • negative
    • national
    • odd
    • examples
    • plan
    • funny
    • create
    • raised




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Japanese English

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'Japanese'?
    3. What do you think of English?
    4. What variety of English do people speak in your country?
    5. What are your favourite English words?
    6. What do you think of translation software?
    7. Are there any funny translations from your language into English?
    8. What English words do you think are strange?
    9. Are many English words used in your language?
    10. Should English become the world language?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'English'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Have you ever made a big or funny mistake translating English?
    5. What do you think of the name 'Hello Work' for a job centre?
    6. What do you think of the tourism slogan 'Go To Travel'?
    7. What was the last thing to happen that raised your eyebrows?
    8. What do you think of the 'Stay Positive' Christmas message?
    9. What advice do you have for Japan's translators?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There are many (1) ____ of English around the world. Some well-known varieties in Asia include Chinglish in China, Singlish in Singapore and Japanese English. A group of language (2) ____ in Japan is troubled by how the government uses English. In (3) ____, it says the government uses computer or online translation too much. Researchers say many translations create strange and confusing words and expressions. Many of these are confusing (4) ____ English speakers. The researchers worry this could have a negative impact (5) ____ Japan's tourist industry. They even say the increasing amount of unsuitable words is becoming a "national (6) ____" in Japan.

    The research team says computer software gives (7) ____ or incorrect translations for individual kanji - the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing. There are many examples of this, (8) ____ "Hello Work" - the name for job centres, and "Go To Travel" a plan to help tourism in Japan (9) ____ the COVID-19 pandemic. The team says software creates, "unintentionally funny translations that could easily be corrected if they were just checked (10) ____ an English speaker". Businesses also create this English. The Christmas message being used by the Seibu Sogo department store has (11) ____ eyebrows. It says "Stay Positive." Many people believe this is the wrong thing to say during coronavirus and "Stay Happy" would (12) ____ better.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     taps     (b)     tropes     (c)     tapes     (d)     types    
    2. (a)     excerpts     (b)     expects     (c)     expats     (d)     experts    
    3. (a)     peculiar     (b)     particular     (c)     practical     (d)     production    
    4. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     on    
    5. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     as    
    6. (a)     embarrassment     (b)     embarrassing     (c)     embarrass     (d)     embarrasses    
    7. (a)     even     (b)     odd     (c)     evenly     (d)     oddly    
    8. (a)     including     (b)     include     (c)     inclusive     (d)     included    
    9. (a)     while     (b)     during     (c)     among     (d)     between     
    10. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     by     (d)     on    
    11. (a)     arisen     (b)     rising     (c)     raised     (d)     rises    
    12. (a)     been     (b)     being     (c)     is     (d)     be

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. Some well-known vriitaees
    2. A group of language xperets
    3. strange and nufoscnig words
    4. this could have a gntaeive impact
    5. the increasing amount of nsiuatuble words
    6. becoming a national baresasrmemnt in Japan

    Paragraph 2

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    4. during the COVID-19 ecampndi
    5. easily be ecorrtedc
    6. raised eworbsey

    Put the text back together

    (...)  troubled by how the government uses English. In particular, it says the government uses computer or online
    (...)  worry this could have a negative impact on Japan's tourist industry. They even say the increasing amount
    (...)  of unsuitable words is becoming a "national embarrassment" in Japan.
    (...)  translation too much. Researchers say many translations create strange and confusing words
    (...)  store has raised eyebrows. It says "Stay Positive." Many people believe this is the wrong
    (...)  centres, and "Go To Travel" a plan to help tourism in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team says software creates, "unintentionally funny transla
    (...)  English. The Christmas message being used by the Seibu Sogo department
    (...)  characters used in Japanese writing. There are many examples of this, including "Hello Work" - the name for job
    1  ) There are many types of English around the world. Some well-known varieties in Asia include Chinglish
    (...)  The research team says computer software gives odd or incorrect translations for individual kanji - the Chinese
    (...)  in China, Singlish in Singapore and Japanese English. A group of language experts in Japan is
    (...)  thing to say during coronavirus and "Stay Happy" would be better.
    (...)  and expressions. Many of these are confusing to English speakers. The researchers
    (...)  tions that could easily be corrected if they were just checked by an English speaker". Businesses also create this

    Put the words in the right order

    1. English   types   Many   world   .   different   of   around   the
    2. A   experts   of   Japan   .   group   in   language
    3. It   uses   the   translation   .   online   government   says
    4. confusing   to   Many   are   of   speakers   .   English   these
    5. negative   Have   on   Japan's   a   impact   tourist   industry   .
    6. characters   in   used   writing   .   the   Chinese   Japanese   -   Kanji
    7. plan   to   in   tourism   A   help   Japan   .
    8. checked   were   English   speaker   .   by   an   If   they
    9. a   by   message   The   department   Christmas   used   store   .
    10. to   thing   People   the   it's   wrong   believe   say   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There are many type / types of English around the world. Some well-known varieties in Asia include / including Chinglish in China, Singlish in Singapore and Japanese English. A group of language expats / experts in Japan is troubled on / by how the government uses / useful English. In particular, it says the government uses computer or online translated / translation too much. Researchers say many translations create strange and confusing words and expressive / expressions. Many of these are confusing to English speakers. The researchers worry this could have a negative impact on / in Japan's tourist industry. They even say the increasing amount of unsuitable / suited words is becoming / become a "national embarrassment" in Japan.

    The research / researchers team says computer software gives odd or incorrect translations for individual / lonely kanji - the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing. There are many / much examples of this, including "Hello Work" - the name for job centres, and "Go To Travel" a plant / plan to help tourism in Japan while / during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team says software creates, "unintentionally funny / funnily translations that could easily be corrected / wronged if they were just checked by an English speaker". Businesses also create this English. The Christmas message been / being used by the Seibu Sogo department store has raised / shaved eyebrows. It says "Stay Positive." Many people believe this is the wrong thing to say during coronavirus and "Stay Happy" would be / say better.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there are many types of english around the world some wellknown varieties in asia include chinglish in china singlish in singapore and japanese english a group of language experts in japan is troubled by how the government uses english in particular it says the government uses computer or online translation too much researchers say many translations create strange and confusing words and expressions many of these are confusing to english speakers the researchers worry this could have a negative impact on japans tourist industry they even say the increasing amount of unsuitable words is becoming a national embarrassment in japan

    the research team says computer software gives odd or incorrect translations for individual kanji  the chinese characters used in japanese writing there are many examples of this including hello work  the name for job centres and go to travel a plan to help tourism in japan during the covid19 pandemic the team says software creates unintentionally funny translations that could easily be corrected if they were just checked by an english speaker businesses also create this english the christmas message being used by the seibu sogo department store has raised eyebrows it says stay positive Many people believe this is the wrong thing to say during coronavirus and stay happy would be better

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TherearemanytypesofEnglisharoundtheworld.Somewell-knownva
    rietiesinAsiaincludeChinglishinChina,SinglishinSingaporeandJapan
    eseEnglish.AgroupoflanguageexpertsinJapanistroubledbyhowtheg
    overnmentusesEnglish.Inparticular,itsaysthegovernmentusescom
    puteroronlinetranslationtoomuch.Researcherssaymanytranslations
    createstrangeandconfusingwordsandexpressions.Manyofthesearec
    onfusingtoEnglishspeakers.Theresearchersworrythiscouldhaveane
    gativeimpactonJapan'stouristindustry.Theyevensaytheincreasinga
    mountofunsuitablewordsisbecominga"nationalembarrassment"inJa
    pan.Theresearchteamsayscomputersoftwaregivesoddorincorrecttr
    anslationsforindividualkanji-theChinesecharactersusedinJapanes
    ewriting.Therearemanyexamplesofthis,including"HelloWork"-th
    enameforjobcentres,and"GoToTravel"aplantohelptourisminJapand
    uringtheCOVID-19pandemic.Theteamsayssoftwarecreates,"uninte
    ntionallyfunnytranslationsthatcouldeasilybecorrectediftheywerejus
    tcheckedbyanEnglishspeaker".BusinessesalsocreatethisEnglish.Th
    eChristmasmessagebeingusedbytheSeibuSogodepartmentstoreha
    sraisedeyebrows.Itsays"StayPositive."Manypeoplebelievethisisthe
    wrongthingtosayduringcoronavirusand"StayHappy"wouldbebetter.

    Free writing

    Write about Japanese English for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    British English should be the used all over the world. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. JAPANESE ENGLISH: Make a poster about Japanese English. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WORLD ENGLISH: Write a magazine article about making a world English with globally accepted spelling, grammar, pronunciation, etc. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Japanese English. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on a world English. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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