Category Archives: Language

Manchu-Korean Language Textbook

Hi Folks, Today I thought I would share something cool I found on Twitter recently (click here to see photo more closely): Ch'ong-o No-kol-tae 清语老乞大: Textbook for learning Manchu in the 17th century #MarginaliaMonday @koryoinleiden pic.twitter.com/YRZH2iXstt — Fresco SAM-SIN (@manjurabumbi) … Continue reading

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JLPT N1: To Take or Not To Take?

Although I’ve complained about the JLPT exam (日本語能力試験) in the past, I have been thinking about taking the final level: the N1 (一級). The N1 exam is the most difficult, and usually takes a few years to prepare. I completed … Continue reading

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Meiji Shrine Fortune-Poem

Hello, My wife and I like to visit Meiji Shrine in Tokyo often. Last year, my wife was having Yakudoshi right now (maeyaku, yakudoshi, atoyaku), so she went there to get purified and avoid potential calamity. I like going just … Continue reading

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Spock and Me

Hello, As some readers might know, I am a fan of classic Star Trek. I have been a fan since I was a boy when the Star Trek movies were popular.1 Recently, I made a small impulse-purchase and bought a … Continue reading

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Introducing the Kokinshu

Hi Everyone, Some readers might remember that I am a fan of Japanese waka (和歌) poetry. Waka poetry, is an older form of poetry that came before haikus. When people think of Japanese poetry, they often think of haikus, but … Continue reading

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Frustrated with the Heisig Method

As readers probably remember, I started learning Japanese kanji using the Heisig method almost 3 years ago. Some people can learn all 2,200 kanji in 4-6 weeks but I work full-time and raised a daughter so progress was much slower … Continue reading

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Getting To The Bottom Of Ferguson, Cutting Through the Madness

I was sad to hear about the verdict in the trial for police officer Darren Wilson. I felt bad for Mike Brown’s parents who lost their son, and for all those frustrated with life in Ferguson, MO. But then I … Continue reading

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