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Category Archives: Language
Recently my wife shared some interesting advice. My daughter’s Japanese teacher explained that if you learn enough Japanese kanji (Chinese characters) to reach a third-grade level, you can read 70% of the words in a regular book or magazine. You … Continue reading
When I first married my wife in 2004, we visited Japan in 2005 to my wife’s home (実家, jikka) and I remember my father-in-law giving me a really old book. He knew that I liked history and such, so he … Continue reading
Lately, I’ve been struggling to learn a programming language called Python. I know how to program using Perl and BASH, but a lot of people where I work use Python, and many technicians should know at least 2 scripting languages … Continue reading
Recently, I started volunteering at my daughter’s school on Thursday mornings. There’s a 2nd-grade class which has a lot of kids who struggle to read, so I help them learn “sight words”. What are sight words? In English, there are … Continue reading
A while back on the Japan Times, a Japanese newspaper for foreign readers, there was a tribute to a writer named Mary Sisk Noguchi who wrote for 30 years in the Japan times. Sadly, she died in 2012 from cancer … Continue reading
As readers may recall, I am a big fan of the Final Fantasy series of games, and have been since I was 10 years old playing the original Final Fantasy for the NES. One of my favorite games in the … Continue reading
I found this article in the BBC a few months ago about the fact that few people in the UK can speak a second language. This is probably true in the US as well, since we have similar education systems, … Continue reading
Recently, I finally, finally finished this workbook on Japanese Katakana writing. I had started maybe a year ago, back when I was working in Phoenix, Arizona for training. Previously, I finished the book on Hiragana to improve my handwriting. Since … Continue reading
Lately we’ve been watching1 the NHK morning drama Gochisosan (ごちそうさん) which takes place in Osaka. In the past I wrote about the Kansai Dialect, but since then I can listen/understand Japanese more easily than before. I’m certainly not fluent, but … Continue reading