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Grammar detail: ところで

ところで - by the way
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ところで
is used at the beginning of a sentence to indicate a change of topic.
ところで
こんしゅう
今週
どようび
土曜日
いっしょ
一緒
むすめ
みま
見舞
きた
てもらえる

By the way, are you able to come with me to the hospital to see my daughter this Saturday?
きょう
今日
クラスここまでしましょうところでスミスさん
こんばん
今晩
ひまです
Let's stop today's class there. By the way Mr Smith, are you free this evening?
ところで
ひじょうぐち
非常口
ばしょ
場所
かくにん
確認
されました

By the way did you confirm the location of the emergency exits?
Note that this is not to be confused with the combination of ところ (place) and で (location marker) which occurs very commonly within sentences, and is simply expressing that something happened in a given location.
こんなところ
なに
している
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Kanji used in this grammar

コン   キン   いま now   
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シュウ    a week   
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ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
ヨウ    day of the week   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ショ   チョ   お strap, thong   
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むすめ daughter   
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ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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ブ   ま to dance   まい dance   
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ライ   く to come   きた to be forthcoming   きた to induce   
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バン    nightfall   
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ヒ   mistake
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ジョウ   つね usual, normal   とこ- endless, unchanging   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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ジョウ   ば place   
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ショ   ところ place   
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カク   たし certain   たしかめる to make certain   
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ニン   みとめる to recognize, to perceive, to approve of   
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カ   なに    なん what?   
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