The Language of Japan

I wanted to write a really interesting and profound post for the Japan Blog Matsuri, but every year I forget about it, miss the deadline, or can’t think of anything for the theme, so I’m just going to write this post anyway – believe it or not, I began the draft of this post for … Continue reading

The Origins of “OK” – BBC

On 23 March 1839, OK was introduced to the world on the second page of the Boston Morning Post, in the midst of a long paragraph, as “o.k. (all correct)”. via BBC News – How ‘OK’ took over the world. This fascinating article details the origin and passage into common use of OK. What OK … Continue reading

Getting Started on Learning a Second Language

All Japanese All the Time (AJATT) While he focuses on Japanese and Chinese learning, most of the techniques he recommends can be applied to any language. Spaced Repetition Software This moves things from your short term memory into your long term memory through reviewing flashcards using algorithms. There are different options for this software. … Continue reading

Japanese Study Resources: Audio

I haven’t posted in a long time about my study regime or what resources I have been using lately.  This post is going to focus on the audio  resources I use, which are mostly podcasts (I’ll post about video resources later). I spend about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours listening to Japanese.  Usually I listen … Continue reading

SRS: Japanese Study Update 2008年7月11日

Recently I have tried to up the amount of Japanese study that I do every day and I have been seeing an improvement in the rate of my language learning. I feel that I am retaining a lot more new words and grammar with my new study regimen. The main part of my study is … Continue reading