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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
For this Sunday afternoon, I wanted to share this one. The lovely ladies of Perfume came out with another song recently called “1mm”: The video is clever because the lyrics are super-imposed all over the screen as they’re singing. There’s … Continue reading
Hello, I’ve been talking with a certain reader, E.K., over email for a while now, and the discussion turned to the Okinawan language, called Uchinaaguchi (沖縄口/ウチナーグチ). E.K. has some first-hand experience with Okinawan and helped to explain the differences. Because … Continue reading
Recently, I learned the following phrase from my wife: 早起きは三文の得 Hayaoki wa sanmon no toku The meaning is “If you wake up early, you can get 3 mon.” The word mon (文) just means an old type of Japanese coin, … Continue reading
On the lighter side of things, I wanted to share something interesting I found on Twitter. I follow a few KPop stars on Twitter, including members of the group Brown Eyed Girls. Recently, the ladies of BEG were traveling to … Continue reading
I have a small confession to make: I never learned how to swim. I did do swimming classes as a little kid, but I guess I didn’t do well on them. Later, when I got older I was one of … Continue reading
I saw something cute recently when my daughter was watching Japanese TV (NHK), and later I was able to find it online. It’s a small segment that takes famous works of art (Japanese and Western) and makes songs about them. … Continue reading
If you have studied Japanese Kanji for a while, you probably have figured out that kanji have 2 ways to read them: Kun Yomi – the native, Japanese way to read them. On Yomi – the Chinese-imported way to read … Continue reading