Category Archives: Japanese

Which Japanese Kanji Are Worth Learning First?

Hello, I was writing this post prior to my trip to Japan, but I finally have time to finish it. As readers might recall, I’ve been using the Heisig Method to learn Japanese kanji (chinese characters), and have learned about … Continue reading

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Dune in Japanese 砂の惑星

「ここにあるのはあんたに使う新しいもの、ゴム・ジャバール。これは動物のみ殺すのだよ。」誇りがポウルの恐怖にうちなった。「公爵の息子が動物だというのか?」「まああんたは人間かもしれねぬということにしておこう。。。静かに!」 “…here’s a new one for you: the gom jabbar. It kills only animals.” Pride overcame Paul’s fear. “You dare suggest a Duke’s son is an animal?” he demanded. “Let us say, I suggest you may be human,” she said, … Continue reading

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Pacman, Ghosts and Japanese

Remember Pac-Man? I know most readers have heard of Pac-man, and most have probably played it too. Pac-Man is more than 30 years old, and is still a classic. I remember seeing Pac-man for the first time when I was … Continue reading

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Learning to Count in Japanese, the Hard Way

In my last post, I mentioned a great comedy show in Japanese called めちゃ×2イケてるッ! (mecha mecha iketeru). This is a sketch comedy show that has remained popular over the years. Another popular sketch they did was to pretend to be … Continue reading

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Japanese “Buddhist” Comedy

Years ago, when my wife and I were first married, we used to watch a famous sketch-comedy show on Japanese TV called めちゃ×2イケてるッ! (mecha mecha iketeru). It features a well-known comedy group, Ninety-nine, starring Okamura Takashi and Yabe Hiroyuki, and … Continue reading

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Was The JLPT Worth It?

Recently, I had a good conversation with a new blog reader about the JLPT (日本語能力試験). Long-time readers might remember that I studied (and passed) the JLPT N4 (formerly called the JLPT3) many years ago, then the N3 and finally the … Continue reading

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How To Really Learn a Language

An old article from AJATT (I forget which one), reminded me of this scene from the movie The 13th Warrior: In this scene, from the movie The 13th Warrior, the Arab character Ahmad ibn Fadlan (based on the real historical … Continue reading

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