16 October 2011 ~ 10 Comments

I Get By With A Little Help From My Japanese Friends

I Get By With A Little Help From My <em>Japanese</em> Friends
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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBDF04fQKtQ&feature=related Making Japanese friends is essential to having the consummate Japanese experience, and has the added benefit of helping you maintain your sanity. Here are my top four reasons why: 1- If you’re studying Japanese, they are a great resource for natural nihongo. 2- Until you’re Nihongo proficient, they can help you with an array of things you [...]

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06 October 2011 ~ 6 Comments

On the Orgasmic Thrill of Speaking Japanese

On the Orgasmic Thrill of Speaking Japanese
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After I had been studying Japanese (Nihongo) for over a year and still couldn’t hear it if my life depended on it, as you might imagine, I started to get a bit discouraged. I worried that maybe my brain had gotten too old to take on the challenges of learning a new language. They say a [...]

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07 February 2009 ~ 12 Comments

One other thing I just LOVE about Japan: Speaking Nihongo part 2

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…So, with Nanpa eliminated as a motivating force for study I moved  on to the motivation that has given me the lowest level of gratification. Nevertheless, the hope of doing it effectively someday still springs eternal: Retaliation! In English, I have a whole arsenal of expletives at my disposal for use in those situations where [...]

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08 December 2008 ~ 22 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #5: Make Japanese friends!

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #5: Make Japanese friends!
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Making Japanese friends is important, and can have the added benefit of helping you maintain your sanity. Here are my top four reasons why: 1- If  you’re studying Japanese, they are an invaluable resource for natural nihongo. 2- They can help you with the array of things you have to do to maintain your life in [...]

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26 October 2008 ~ 5 Comments

How I learned to bow

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I was on the way to work my first week in Japan, when I saw this gorgeous girl giving me the eye. I mean really beautiful. In America she wouldn’t need a stick to beat them off, she’d need Chuck Norris. I was reading a Japanese textbook…ok, I’m lying. I was reading a book on [...]

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