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Book Review: Understanding Basic Japanese Grammar

The book is Understanding Basic Japanese Grammar by Koichi NISHIGUCHI [基礎日本語文法教本 西口光一(著)]. に・ほん・ご き・そ ぶん・ぽう きょう・ほん ISBN: 475740168X You probably know by now what I think about textbooks and studying grammar. Textbooks are the devil’s spawn; studying grammar is a confusing waste of time in terms of actually teaching you how to use the language. Grammar is a “why”,…

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…

Language is Messy and So Should You!

A short time ago, I was on a trip with some friends. We rented a small house together and hung out. And one morning, while all of us were in the kitchen, I re-realized [not a typo] something about myself, namely that: I don’t like things half-done. So when I see someone cooking and trying…

Don’t Be A Murderous Mother Language Learner

So there are two broad “failure modes” for language-learners, whether or not they’re autodidacts: Absentee Father (Deadbeat Dead): Showing up too rarely Murderous Mother (Susan Smith): Present, but violent and cruel and doing everything wrong. These metaphors are both really dark, but, you already know I’m into that. And if you didn’t know, then now…

What’s Wrong With You?

If only. If only you’d started three years ago. If you’d learned just 5 kanji a day starting three years ago, you’d know 5000 kanji by now. You know what, though? That’s not your problem. What you did(n’t do) three years ago is not what’s wrong with you. What you’re doing right now is what’s…