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Language is Like a Video Game

Specifically, fighting games. You know, Mortal Kombat, Tekken(鉄拳), Soul Calibur — the good ones. Anyone who’s played these before has seen (or experienced first-hand) complete beginners defeat advanced players. Just yesterday a make-up-wearing non-video-gaming girrrrrl ripped me to shreds in Tekken 5 on a friend’s PlayStation 3. I told her it was because the “X”…

Not Yet?

This is the story of a fictional boy, his fictional laptop and the fictional operating system “Mado QG”, a piece of software (in the most liberal sense of that word) that takes its sweet time starting up. It’s all a thinly veiled jab at Microsoft Windows, with the added benefit of being a fun way…

Kenya-chan, Wake Up!

In the pattern of Dick and Jane, here is another short “children’s story” in Japanese, about a boy called Kenya (yes, that is a Japanese name) who hates waking up. Explanations are at the bottom. Note: many words have multiple meanings, but it would be too overwhelming to cover them all, so only one meaning…

KhatzuMemo: Like SuperMemo/Mnemosyne, but web-based

Hello everyone! Happy New Year! 謹賀新年! Lately, I have been silent, but not idle. Here’s the story: As you’re probably aware, in Japan, especially larger cities like Tokyo, there’s a lot of this business of moving around on trains. This leaves a train passenger with lots of free time to do things like stare into…

On Grammar

Momoko is really amazing, she only recently started learning Japanese, but she’s had, virtually word-for-word, the same grammatical insights as one of the most respected (if controversial) Japanese writers: HONDA Katsuichi (本多 勝一). Honda discussed his ideas on grammar in his primer on how to write easily understandable Japanese: 日本語の作文技術 (Nihongo no Sakubun Gijutsu, Techniques for…

How To Learn Japanese In 1 Second

I’ve figured it out, people. I finally brought a magic bottle of Japanese special sauce from down from the mountain. You can learn Japanese in one second, and I will show you how… Sort of. OK, so I really wrote that title to make you look (Haha! Made you look!), but it actually has a…