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JAPAN | Sat, 30 Apr 2016 | By kakimono | Views [735]

Technically the theme of chapter seven was “Japanese pop culture,” but in reality, onomatopoeia would have been a better descriptor. Because that's what the reading, dialogue, and large amounts of homework focused on. This might seem ... Read more >

Tags: grammar, japanese

Testing, 1, 2, 3, Testing

JAPAN | Sat, 5 Mar 2016 | By kakimono | Views [408] | Comments [1]

Thursday, we had our first full test in Japanese class. So instead of just asking about grammar or vocabulary, every aspect of the past three textbook chapters were potential questions. And, because we only have them every three chapters, it was a rather ... Read more >

Tags: class, grammar, japanese, test

And Every Sentence that I Spoke Began and Ended with Ellip...ses

JAPAN | Fri, 4 Mar 2016 | By kakimono | Views [508]

Chapter two (which we’ve moved past, but whatever) was about speech styles. It focused for the most part on speech levels, but there was a bit where they discussed other things, such as tanshukukei and shouryaku. Neither of those are super ... Read more >

Tags: coteaching, ellipses, grammar, japanese

First Line Game

JAPAN | Wed, 2 Mar 2016 | By kakimono | Views [369]

I haven’t had that much experience with different Japanese textbooks, so it’s hard for me to know what works and what doesn’t. But Tobira is starting to grate on me by not placing like concepts together. The grammars are grammars ... Read more >

Tags: books, grammar, japanese, spirtuality, textbooks

A Day in the Life

JAPAN | Tue, 1 Mar 2016 | By kakimono | Views [323]

By Monday, it had become increasingly clear that we had settled into the pace of the class. Which is to say we were moving very quickly. To get some idea of that, consider our homework for Monday (and, per CET policy, homework assigned over the ... Read more >

Tags: coffee, grammar, japanese, kanji, roof, umeda

Thinking Man's Rummy

JAPAN | Tue, 16 Feb 2016 | By kakimono | Views [415]

It’s been awhile since I’ve given you a Japanese lesson, so I think it’s time for another one. Slight disclaimer here that this lesson has absolutely nothing to do with what we were learning about in Japanese class, but those were ... Read more >

Tags: cards, games, grammar, japanese, past

Be Careful of Genies Too

JAPAN | Mon, 8 Feb 2016 | By kakimono | Views [352]

During Japanese class on Tuesday, we continued the pattern that had been established by Friday’s class. That is to say with Yamaguchi-sensei we continued to review grammar and the reading, then with Suzuki-sensei we talked some more so we could ... Read more >

Tags: grammar, japanese, reading, spirituality

Causitive-Passive: Everyone's Favorite

JAPAN | Sun, 31 Jan 2016 | By kakimono | Views [426]

A key difference between English and Japanese come with how you change verbs. In English, you conjugate depending on subject, and then add extra words depending on things like tense or if it’s active or passive. So for instance: I write a ... Read more >

Tags: causitive, grammar, japanese, meditation, passive, spirituality

I'm A Retard

CHINA | Tue, 8 Sep 2009 | By godohell | Views [656] | Comments [3]

UGH. I sometimes feel like I'm the biggest idiot in the whole wide world. I know it takes a while to learn a new language, but I feel like I was so much better at German and Arabic. There have been times recently where I just felt like quitting. And ... Read more >

Tags: chinese, class, english, grammar, retarded, teaching, victoria


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