Japanese Olympic Vocabulary

Japanese Olympic Vocabulary

Posted by in Language, Media, Tokyo on 08. Sep, 2013 | Comments Off

Now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been announced it’s time to beef up your Olympic vocabulary! Kanji Hiragana Romaji English 国際オリンピック委員会 こくさいオリンピックいいんかい kokusai orinpikku iinkai Tokyo Olympic Committee 開催地 かいさいち kaisaichi place where an event will be held 五輪 ごりん gorin Olympics (lit. 5 rings) 夏季五輪 かきごりん kaki gorin summer olympics 安定した財政 あんていしたざいせい anteishita [...]

News in Slow (as in speed) Japanese

News in Slow (as in speed) Japanese

Posted by in Language on 21. Jul, 2013 | 2 Comments

Foreign languages sound fast when you are new student, and Japanese is no exception. The news is an excellent learning resource, but dang those newscasters talk fast! “News in Slow Japanese” is a blog, podcast, and YouTube series that aims to give you a “slow news” resource to aid your language learning. Here, go ahead [...]

Review: Kanji Solitaire for iOS

Review: Kanji Solitaire for iOS

Posted by in Language on 05. May, 2013 | 2 Comments

Hello everyone! I have been playing with @tuzen’s Kanji Solitaire App for iOS over the past week. This app is a great idea, and a much needed fresh approach to kanji study. There are lots of kanji Apps out there, but none like this. Kanji Solitaire App is a kanji puzzle game where you slide [...]

Evangellion makes Suizenji Kiyoko popular to a new audience

Evangellion makes Suizenji Kiyoko popular to a new audience

Posted by in Language, Music on 06. Jan, 2013 | 1 Comment

Thanks to geeking out on Evangellion I recently stumbled upon this classic Japanese song called 365-step March. This song is appears in EVANGELION:2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE when the new character Mari is fighting an Angel near the beginning of the movie. Being the crazy character that she is, Mari sings this song as she [...]

Shared my Japanese Anki Deck

Shared my Japanese Anki Deck

Posted by in Language on 21. Oct, 2012 | 2 Comments

I just shared my Japanese Anki Deck! It’s very personal. Basically when I see something I don’t know, I write it down, and then some day I stuff it into Anki. I have been using Anki for years, so this deck is monsterous. It has like 700+ cards and they are of no particular difficulty [...]

Kasagumo – Umbrella Cloud

Kasagumo – Umbrella Cloud

Posted by in Culture, Language on 21. Jul, 2012 | Comments Off

New words! More culture! I recently learned the word “kasagumo.” I think I first heard it when I was visiting a Japanese art museum with a friend (@guideyu) and she was surprised I didn’t know the term. It bothers me when Japanese phrases come up in everyday conversation that I don’t recognize… so I looked [...]

Japanese in Hawaii

Japanese in Hawaii

Posted by in Language, Travel on 28. Mar, 2012 | Comments Off

I visited Hawaii for the first time this month and was blown away by the amount of Japanese around. There were signs in Japanese, Japanese food, Japanese tourists, white people hawking goods to Japanese tourists in broken Japanese… the whole nine yards! There are countless Japanese restaurants and even an ultra-famous Japanese Shaved Ice Place [...]

BBQ Meat Day Explained

BBQ Meat Day Explained

Posted by in Culture, Humor, Language on 27. Nov, 2011 | 1 Comment

What do these people have in common? Michael Jackson, birthday: August 29, 1958 Bae Yong Joon (Yon-sama), birthday: August 29, 1972 John McCain, birthday: August 29, 1936 Charlie Parker, birthday: August 29, 1920 Right! Their birthdays are the same! But what about their birthdays is special and interesting to those of us studying Japanese language [...]

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