Good morning, fellow Japanese learners!
How are you this fine day?
Have you awoken full of energy or did last night’s sleep leave something to be desired?
Have you found the right toothbrush, brushed your teeth, half-opened your eyes?
If you walked into a room with Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Obamas, would you drop a bunch of slang on them?
Would you have the nerve to look Kate Middleton in the eyes and call her “dude”?
Ever heard of omiyage?
Well, when a Japanese person tells you that it means “souvenir,” you’ll probably be picturing a keychain or a shot glass, right?
Oh, how this translation misguides you.
If you’re headed to Japan, or …
“Karate is in the heart, Daniel-san.” – Miyagi-sensei
Wax on…. Wax off…..
What was the first film you saw about Japan?
For me it was “The Karate Kid”—one of the most influential films of the 80s.
Time for a little English pop quiz:
What’s an expression you’d use when startled or surprised?
What’s an expression you’d use when disappointed?
C’mon, keep going. Write these down.
What might you shout when ambushed from behind, or when you’re …
You’re a reader.
I bet you already know Haruki Murakami.
And that Banana Yoshimoto is not some kind of weird Japanese fruit mutation (google “square watermelons”—no kidding).
But if you’ve ever wondered about the mindset behind their books, or any …
Lemony Snicket loved grammar.
“Grammar is the greatest joy in life,” he said.
Moliere believed that grammar could control even kings.
When looked at it this way, grammar might seem like a kind of super weapon.
Well, let me tell …
You booked your ticket to Japan.
You have mastered all the basics and you think you are able to hold many conversations in Japanese.
Overflowing with confidence you roam the streets almost begging for your first meaningful interaction with …
It’s that time of year again.
We’re all writing our New Year’s resolution list, and many of us have “learn a new language” on it.
I know I do. Since you’re here, I’ll bet you’ve got “learn Japanese” on yours.…