WHAT I DO
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...
April 13, 2017
I'm finally - finally - at level 30 on WaniKani, which is halfway through the app's levels at least. Reviewing everything is going to take a bit longer.
November 30, 2016
On the long, uncomfortable trek through the Joyo Kanji list, similar-looking kanji have a tendency to block my path.
Lately, it's been this pair:
防 - prevent
November 9, 2016
Reaching level 20 puts me 1/3 of the way through WaniKani's lesson plan.
Is the motivation still there?
Yes. If anything, I feel more like I should be checki...
October 26, 2016
"Can you start a sentence with 'and'? How about 'but'?"
The 'opening with a conjunction' issue is the copywriter equivalent of an old chestnut. Oft-trodden...
October 5, 2016
Wherever I go, Japan or otherwise, people have trouble with my name. Am I a Katie? A Kayleigh? A Caddy? Is it short for something? (I'M short for something...
September 20, 2016
I was inspired to write this post by 2 things.
1) the dubious proverb 'cabbage twice cooked is death', something I might well save for another post another...
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...
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