09 October 2011 ~ 22 Comments

Maybe They Think Hawaii is in Japan!

Maybe They Think Hawaii is in Japan!

This conversation took place with a Japanese friend at a cafe in Yokohama: Me: …I thought it was a very interesting article! What do you think? Yoko: Of what? Me: His argument that both Gaikokujin and Gaijin essentially mean the same thing: Not so much foreigner, but not-Japanese. Yoko: You think so? Me: Well, yeah, […]

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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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04 June 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Conversation 6/4/10: You ain’t gotta explain shit to me…

Got on the train this morning and found myself standing next to one of my buddies from “the company”. He was listening to his I-Phone and hadn’t noticed me so I nudged him. He didn’t respond. I nudged him a little harder. He pulled his earphones out of his ears and turned on me like he […]

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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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02 February 2009 ~ 8 Comments

One other thing I just LOVE about Japan: Speaking Nihongo part 1

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 child’s brain is like […]

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01 December 2008 ~ 33 Comments

10 ways how NOT to go loco in Yokohama #3: Learn that Japanese!

10 ways how NOT to go loco in Yokohama #3: Learn that Japanese!
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  Well,  it should go without saying but I’m gonna say it anyway: #3 in my 10 ways how NOT to go Loco is: Learn that Japanese! I studied French for 2 years in JHS, 4 years in HS and 2 years in University, and if you asked me right now how to say anything in French except “Would you […]

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