WHAT I DO
March 31, 2020
There's been a lot happening in my head lately. Literally. And now I'm going to try and get it all out of my head and into this blog post. I hope you've fa...
June 2, 2017
June is rainy season in Japan.
I know this, because the sudden storm that blazed over Osaka last night was intense. June 1st, massive rainy thunderstorm. It...
August 31, 2016
Let's cover some lazy day phrases today.
暇をつぶす - hima wo tsubusu
時間をつぶす - jikan wo tsubusu
Both of those mean 'to kill time'. 'Jikan' means time in general, a...
August 17, 2016
Most of the time, we associate Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with the winter months. Cold, dreary days with less sunlight have a direct impact on mood...
August 3, 2016
Today's awkward Japanese word is *drum roll please*:
Ah, the nuances of speech and context. 'Zenzen' is a tricksy one.
Use it with a positive, and...
July 21, 2016
Nuance is a big thing here. There are 2 specific Japanese phrases that I've been muddling up in the past few weeks.
'X no sei de' (のせいで) - because of X, owi...
July 7, 2016
I've been having trouble making myself understood recently.
No, the Japanese language study is going well. Thanks for asking. I assume you asked.
June 1, 2016
For many reasons, I don't feel I've adapted to speaking Japanese again as easily as I did on previous trips. A lot of my work's still in English, and Osaka...
May 6, 2016
Learning Japanese kanji is difficult. I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again several times in future. It's difficult! Stroke order, number of...
April 11, 2016
In February, I started using WaniKani as a way to become more familiar with kanji and Japanese in general. You can find out everything you need to know abo...
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