Taking the world less travelled

Some Awesome Websites

Posted by on Jan 19, 2009 in Language | 2 comments

OK, here’s some websites that I have visited lately and think are awesome!!!

  • Japanese Readers for the Middle Years
  • An interactive website designed for children (perhaps high school?). The Japanese here is very simple, however it is a bit of interactive fun. If you are new at Japanese it has visuals and audio to help you along. For those who are a bit futher along, it’s just a bit of fun for five minutes. wink_whitething

  • News of Japan
  • Short news stories from Japan. You can chose if they are displayed in romaji, kana or kanji. There is also an audio file you can listen to as you read. Again, it’s all very simple and I think a great resource for those of us who are trying to jump into reading actual Japanese. It also refers to the book 2001 Kanji Odyssey (what numbers the kanji are on the website in the book), for those using that resource.

  • Kansai Ben
  • An awesome reference on the Kansai Ben/Kansai Dialect. This is the best page I’ve seen on it yet! I haven’t even scratched the surface of this site, but it has audio and video examples, and is set out clearly with tables comparing Kansai Ben with standard Japanese.

  • Japanese Onomatopoeia – Algorithm March
  • A post about onomatopoeia in the algorithm march. I was so disappointed when I saw the algorithm march on TV that it had no ninjas in it while I was watching (that I could see, anyway). I love the algorithm march!

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Hana Yori Dango – Episode One – Review

Posted by on Jan 16, 2009 in Reviews | 0 comments

Hana Yori Dango Hana Yori Dango
Boys Over Flowers
Episode One
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The story of Tsukushi Makino, a poor girl who goes to a school filled with rich people. Then there is this group of boys called the “F4”, a group of rich bullies. Well, really, only one is the bully, a Tsukasa Domioji. The group decides to pick on Makino, which is the biggest mistake they could have made as she plans to fight back…

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Slogging Through The Kanji

Posted by on Jan 11, 2009 in Language | 4 comments

Remembering the Kanji

Well, I’m currently slogging through Remembering the Kanji. Tonight I am hoping to add about 30-40 kanji into anki, right now I am up to kanji number 709. I’m in the middle of a 130 kanji chapter which is hard going because there are so many (sometimes it is easy to confuse them when you are just solidifying them in your mind), but easy because there are so many (and thus there is lots of repetition of common elements). I’m looking forward to hopefully reaching 1000 kanji soon, about the half way mark!!!

Why this, why now? I want to keep up my language learning now that I’ve graduated from university. I want to move to the next level with my japanese but I feel like one thing is holding me back at the moment: My kanji ability. So, once again, I’m plowing through Remembering the Kanji.

My Process

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2008 in Life | 3 comments

I’m home! Update(s) to come after much sleep.

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Well, I’m off!

Posted by on Nov 15, 2008 in Life | 3 comments

I’m off to Japan!! See you all in a couple of weeks. :)

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Eagle Creek Packing Cube Video

Posted by on Nov 5, 2008 in Life | 0 comments

More about my cube…

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How Much You Can Fit In A Packing Cube

Posted by on Nov 5, 2008 in Travel | 3 comments

I’m so grumpy. I spent a little while doing a series of films about what I’m packing for Japan, and in what etc. And somehow my camera isn’t letting me copy them to my computer. Why??? Why??? The world is so cruel!!

What I do have is the last in the series. For my clothes (except underwear and socks) I am packing it in a Eagle Creek Pack-It® Cube.

In this video I am showing you how much I have managed to fit in it. To get it closed I did have to sit on it to get out all the air, but I managed to get quite a lot in. Compare that with the six shirts someone says it fits “nicely” in the comments of it’s Amazon page! Best of all it fits perfectly in my bag – which I did have another video about but don’t now. Grrrr. I am planning on makeing another one, but can’t guarantee that I’ll get the time before I leave. At the very least I’ll take some photos.

I’ll also let you know if these cubes make it through my trip.

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