お久しぶりですね?

It’s been a long time since my last blog entry. So what have I been doing with my Japanese studies? HelloTalk I’ve been using this app quite a bit to get answers on Japanese grammar, give answers to English grammar, and practice speaking some Japanese. Meetups I’ve been going to a lot of Japanese-English meetings via Meetup.com. I don’t know how these are going to be affected, given that they were recently bought by WeWork, but I guess I’ll find out. WaniKani Getting back into kanji studying. I’ve given myself a year to finish up using this online resource. That’s it. I don’t want this to become a dead blog,… Read More

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Working the Conditional Form

Wow, this part of Japanese grammar is SO complicated. So I can use と たら ば なら Obviously, not all can be used, based on the context of the sentence. It’s figuring out the context of the sentence that’s the problem. The way I am trying to learn it is that there is an antecedent part of the sentence, and a consequent part of the sentence. I go to Japan (antecedent) I will visit Osaka and eat a lot (consequent) In English, I’ve got one word for conditional, if. If I go to Japan, I will visit Osaka and eat a lot. In English, there is also the word when,… Read More

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Maybe Taking the Second Class Choice?

Well, I had to pass on enrolling at the Toronto Japanese Language School. I’ve had some of the best, and worst, moments of studying Japanese at that school, but the good moments outweighed the bad ones by a lot. If I had any brains, I would have preregistered last summer and saved some cash, but right now I don’t have the ~$600+ dollars to put down for a class. If only they had an installment plan… Which leaves my other choice, to take a class at the JCCC. Much more affordable, and the classes there are equally good as the same level class at TJLS. I’m just going to come… Read More

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Take a Class?? Or Not?

Well, ’tis the season. When Japanese schools around town open up their school year to happy registrants. Do I want to take a class? PROS: structured environment minimal chance to practice speaking teacher to answer (limited) questions CONS: cost convenience teacher to answer (limited) questions You’ll notice (because you’re all smart people) that I have a duplicate listed. This is because, although teachers do answer questions, the school term has always been structured that there is almost no time. The general Japanese lesson plan seems to be Take hours in semester, divide by time per chapter, multiply by number of chapters, push as far ahead as you can to cover… Read More

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Android Japanese-English Dictionaries: Akebi

(Sorry for the late post. Things got piled up.) The other dictionary I am using is Akebi. It is currently in beta. It offers simple word lookup, recognizing kanji from handwriting, and word lists, which are the same as notebooks in Aedict. The interesting thing is the more complex search. If you enter a set of kanji, you get a tab at the top displayed for each kanji. For example, if I type in 今回, I get two tabs, one for the first kanji [今], and one for the second [回]. Then, at the bottom, I get the full word, and the definition “now, this time”. So, this dictionary can’t… Read More

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Android Japanese-English Dictionaries: Aedict

I thought I’d devote a couple of posts to Android Japanese-English dictionaries, since they are so important to have. Right now, I’ve got two main ones I’m using. I’m going to talk about Aedict in this post. Aedict has a lot of features I like. Let me go through the main ones: Wildcard searches. You can add a ? before or after a kanji character, and get a list of all words with that character in that order, i.e. 先? and ?先 are two different searches. Notepad. You can save words to a notepad, you can have multiple notepads with different categories (verbs, nouns, い adjectives, な adjectives…), you can… Read More

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EtoEto — When a Small Company Gets Too Ambitious?

When I first started studying Japanese, I told myself I couldn’t ignore kanji, even though every first year Japanese textbook I’d flipped through did exactly that for most, or all, of the textbook. I forget how I came across WaniKani, but it seemed like the best way to learn kanji, in conjunction with a full course in first year Japanese grammar and vocabulary. And used like that, it’s really great. The first man to make the kanji less terrifying was Heisig. As legend* has it, he locked himself in a tower surrounded by a moat, which was filled with kappa, and learned the meaning of every kanji by inventing clever… Read More

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