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How to Make Your L2 Writing Not Suck

So, I’ve done professional translation work on and off for about ten years now. It’s all been technical or geeky in one way or another, whether software, video games, physics textbooks (I know, right?!), medical instructions, legal/patent stuff, geeky TV show subtitles or comic books. FYI, in case you didn’t already know, translation is where…

On the Value of Learning How NOT to Do Things

So, again, as with many things, Japanese has a specific word for it: 反面教師 (=はんめんきょうし=hanmen kyoushi). Literally, “reverse teacher”. Now, long ago, I read a Japanese nonfiction book that advised against the use of hanmen kyoushis. It argued that we were just as likely to imitate them as to contradict them. And, like a dutiful,…

How to Read and Write Awesome Japanese Text (SMS) Messages

Move over, letters. Bye-bye, fax machines. Step aside, telegrams. Take a knee, email. Put a sock in it, phone calls. It’s 2016, and we are well into the era of the smartphone. And that means that text messaging is the premier, the prime, the primary mode of communication in our world today. Don’t believe us?…

What Is Textinator?

Move over, letters. Bye-bye, fax machines. Step aside, telegrams. Take a knee, email. Put a sock in it, phone calls. It’s 2016, and we are well into the era of the smartphone. And that means that text messaging is the premier, the prime, the primary mode of communication in our world today. Don’t believe us?…

What Is Neutrino Dutch?

Hey, Khatzumoto. I’m already dangerously well-informed about Neutrino 😉 and realize that I meet the criteria of someone who deserves to join. I don’t need any more info! Please let me in right now while there are still places left! Education by Addiction What if learning Dutch could be addictive? What if it could as…